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beck

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[ bek ]
/ bɛk /
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noun

a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting.

verb (used with or without object)

Archaic. beckon.

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Idioms for beck

    at someone's beck and call, ready to do someone's bidding; subject to someone's slightest wish: He has three servants at his beck and call.

Origin of beck

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1325–75; Middle English becken, short variant of becnen to beckon

Definition for beck (2 of 4)

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[ bek ]
/ bɛk /

noun North England.

a brook, especially a swiftly running stream with steep banks.

Origin of beck

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1250–1300; Middle English becc<Scandinavian; compare Old Norse bekkr; akin to Old English bece,Dutch beek,German Bach brook, MIr bual flowing water <Indo-European *bhog-lā

Definition for beck (3 of 4)

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[ bek ]
/ bɛk /

verb (used with object) Metalworking.

to form (a billet or the like) into a tire or hoop by rolling or hammering on a mandrel or anvil.

Origin of beck

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v. use of beck (noun), shortening of beck-iron, variant of bick-iron

Definition for beck (4 of 4)

Beck
[ bek ]
/ bɛk /

noun

Dave, 1894–1993, U.S. labor leader: president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters 1952–57.
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British Dictionary definitions for beck (1 of 2)

beck1
/ (bɛk) /

noun

a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
at someone's beck and call ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim

Word Origin for beck

C14: short for becnen to beckon

British Dictionary definitions for beck (2 of 2)

beck2
/ (bɛk) /

noun

(in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one

Word Origin for beck

Old English becc, from Old Norse bekkr; related to Old English bece, Old Saxon beki, Old High German bah brook, Sanskrit bhanga wave
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Idioms and Phrases with beck

beck

see at someone's beck and call.

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