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beck1

[bek]
noun
  1. a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
  2. Chiefly Scot. a bow or curtsy of greeting.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. Archaic. beckon.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of beck1

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

beck3

[bek]
verb (used with object) Metalworking.
  1. to form (a billet or the like) into a tire or hoop by rolling or hammering on a mandrel or anvil.
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Origin of beck3

v. use of beck (noun), shortening of beck-iron, variant of bick-iron
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British Dictionary definitions for becking

beck1

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

C14: short for becnen to beckon

beck2

noun
  1. (in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one
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Word Origin

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

beck

v.

c.1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).

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beck

n.

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with becking

beck

see at someone's beck and call.

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