beckon

[ bek-uhn ]
/ ˈbɛk ən /

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.

Nearby words

  1. beckham,
  2. beckley,
  3. beckmann,
  4. beckmann, max,
  5. becknell,
  6. beckwith-wiedemann syndrome,
  7. becky,
  8. beclasp,
  9. beclomethasone,
  10. becloud

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

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British Dictionary definitions for beckoning

beckon

/ (ˈbɛkən) /

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 beckoning

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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