beck

1
[bek]
verb (used with or without object)
  1. Archaic. beckon.
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.

Origin of beck

1
1325–75; Middle English becken, short variant of becnen to beckon

beck

3
[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.

Origin of beck

3
v. use of beck (noun), shortening of beck-iron, variant of bick-iron
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British Dictionary definitions for becking

beck

1
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

Word Origin for beck

C14: short for becnen to beckon

beck

2
noun
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for becking

beck

v.

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

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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Idioms and Phrases with becking

beck

see at someone's beck and call.

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