beep

[ beep ]
/ bip /
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noun

a short, relatively high-pitched tone produced by a horn, electronic device, or the like as a signal, summons, or warning.
one of the periodic signals sounded by a beeper.

verb (used without object)

to make or emit such a sound: When the timer beeps, take the cake out of the oven.

verb (used with object)

to sound (a horn, warning signal, etc.): impatient drivers beeping their horns.
to announce, warn, summon, etc., by beeping: The doctor was beeped to call the hospital.

Nearby words

  1. been had,
  2. been there, done that,
  3. been to the wars,
  4. been-there done-that,
  5. beento,
  6. beeper,
  7. beer,
  8. beer and skittles,
  9. beer belly,
  10. beer bust

Origin of beep

First recorded in 1925–30; imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for beeping

beep

/ (biːp) /

noun

a short high-pitched sound, esp one made by the horn of a car, bicycle, etc, or by electronic apparatus

verb

to make or cause to make such a noise
Derived Formsbeeper, noun

Word Origin for beep

C20: of imitative origin

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Word Origin and History for beeping

beep

interj.

1927, imitative of automobile horns (originally of the sound of a certain type of automobile horn among several types in use in the years after the klaxon horn was brought into use c.1910). Used as a noun and verb by 1929. Related: Beeped; beeping.

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