- a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
- Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting.
- Archaic. beckon.
- 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 beck1
1325–75; Middle English becken, short variant of becnen to beckon
- to form (a billet or the like) into a tire or hoop by rolling or hammering on a mandrel or anvil.
Origin of beck3
v. use of beck (noun), shortening of beck-iron, variant of bick-iron
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- 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
C14: short for becnen to beckon
- (in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
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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Word Origin and History for becking
c.1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).
late 14c., "mute signal," from noun use of bekken (v.), variant of becnan "to beckon" (see beckon). Transferred sense of "slightest indication of will" is from late 15c.
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Idioms and Phrases with becking
see at someone's beck and call.
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