[ beek ]
/ bik /
Scot. and North England

verb (used with or without object)

to bask or warm in the sunshine or before a fireplace, stove, or bonfire.
(of wood) to season by exposure to heat.


Obsolete. the act of basking or warming by a fire.

Nearby words

  1. beehive,
  2. beehive house,
  3. beehive round,
  4. beehive state,
  5. beehive tomb,
  6. beekeeper,
  7. beekeeping,
  8. beeline,
  9. beelzebub,
  10. been

Origin of beek

1200–50; Middle English beken, akin to bake (perhaps < Germanic *bōkjan) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for beek



"to bask in the warmth" of something, early 13c., a northern and Scottish word of unknown origin; perhaps ultimately connected to bake (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper