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[beek]Scot. and North England
verb (used with or without object)
  1. to bask or warm in the sunshine or before a fireplace, stove, or bonfire.
  2. (of wood) to season by exposure to heat.
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  1. Obsolete. the act of basking or warming by a fire.
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Origin of beek

1200–50; Middle English beken, akin to bake (perhaps < Germanic *bōkjan)
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Examples from the Web for beek

Historical Examples

  • He said it was Beek, whose home was a great way off, and that he was so old that the sea and the land were not so old as he.

    Robinson Crusoe

    Mary Godolphin

  • The e in closed syllables with a full sound (as English a; Sweet, ei) is spelled ee: veel, week (e from i), beek.

  • Went out and was taken by Beek to see the observatory instruments and wind-registers and seismographs.

  • Some two hundred yards behind lies a support line, a good trench leading down to the Beek.

    Canada in Flanders, Volume II (of 3)

    Lord Max Aitken Beaverbrook

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.).

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