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.

Origin of beep

First recorded in 1925–30; imitative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for beeping

ding, signal, warning, tone, bleep, warn, call, page, summon

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British Dictionary definitions for beeping



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


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper