Synonyms Word Origin See more synonyms for beckon on Thesaurus.com verb (used with or without object) to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand. to lure; entice. a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like. Origin of beckon before 950; Middle English beknen, Old English gebē(a)cnian,
bēacen beacon Related forms beck·on·er, noun beck·on·ing·ly, adverb un·beck·oned, adjective Synonyms See more synonyms for beckon on Thesaurus.com 1. motion, wave, gesture, bid, nod. 2. invite, attract, draw, coax, tempt, tantalize, allure, beguile.
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British Dictionary definitions for unbeckoned to summon with a gesture of the hand or head to entice or lure Derived Forms beckoner, noun beckoning, adjective, noun Word Origin
bīecnan, from bēacen sign; related to Old Saxon bōknian; see beacon
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Word Origin and History for unbeckoned beckon v.
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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