beckon

[bek-uhn]

verb (used with or without object)

to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
to lure; entice.

noun

a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.

Origin of beckon

before 950; Middle English beknen, Old English gebē(a)cnian, derivative of bēacen beacon
Related formsbeck·on·er, nounbeck·on·ing·ly, adverbun·beck·oned, adjective

Synonyms for beckon

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Examples from the Web for beckoned

Contemporary Examples of beckoned

Historical Examples of beckoned

  • Fouts, with a slip of paper in his hand, beckoned him from the door of his private office.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • When, five minutes later, she beckoned him from the door of the barn, her eyes were red.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Young Howard beckoned to the professor from his place in the ranks.

  • One of the Stewards, following him with quick eyes, saw Mike and beckoned with a finger.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Her mother laid her finger on her lips, and beckoned silently.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for beckoned

beckon

verb

to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
to entice or lure

noun

a summoning gesture
Derived Formsbeckoner, nounbeckoning, adjective, noun

Word Origin for beckon

Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign; related to Old Saxon bōknian; see beacon
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Word Origin and History for beckoned

beckon

v.

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.

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