- to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
- to lure; entice.
- a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.
Origin of beckon
SynonymsSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for beckon
They can beckon; it is not certain that they will, for they are not love's servants.
But they can beckon, and the knowledge of this incredible truth comforted him.
Squalor and tragedy can beckon to all that is great in us, and strengthen the wings of love.
He took a step toward her, and the rippling scarf seemed to beckon him on.The Prisoner
The leader will then repeat louder, or beckon to the scout to come in nearer.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
- to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
- to entice or lure
- a summoning gesture
Word Origin and History for beckon
Old English gebecnian (West Saxon beacnian) "to make a mute sign," derivative of beacen "a sign, beacon," from Proto-Germanic *bauknjan (cf. Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen), from PIE root *bha- "to shine" (see beacon). Related: Beckoned; beckoning. The noun is attested from 1718, from the verb.