verb (used with or without object)
Origin of beckon
Examples from the Web for beckon
The firemen confer with the organizers and then beckon them toward the front of the bus.
When anarchy seems to beckon, Libya pulls back from the brink.
She lifted one beautifully rounded alabaster arm, and made a sign as if to beckon him towards her.Burlesques|William Makepeace Thackeray
Like the Mexicans they beckon with their hands by making downward movements with their fingers.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)|Carl Lumholtz
Mars, a dull rusty point of light low on the horizon, seemed to beckon.The Hills of Home|Alfred Coppel
Did he think then that he had but to beckon and she would come—and at this late day, she asked herself.Miss Billy|Eleanor H. Porter
Holding up his hand to beckon Lucy to stop, he sat eyeing them intently.Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour|R. S. Surtees
British Dictionary definitions for beckon
Word Origin for beckon
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.