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becked; becking; becks


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noun (1)

chiefly Scotland : bow, curtsy
: a beckoning gesture


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noun (2)

at one's beck and call
: ready to obey one's command immediately

Examples of beck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
One reason involved marketing: Ms. Swift, with 369 million social media followers at her beck and call, barely needs to spend anything to advertise the film. Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2023 Of course, Fox, a mom of three herself, has professional hair stylists at her beck and call, while the mortal moms among us are stuck attempting to copy the look. Melissa Willets, Parents, 15 Sep. 2023 My partner and Jameson’s husband were at our beck and call. Danielle Snyder, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2019 But after the half-year project was completed in 2016, salmon were observed in the beck within three months. Angela Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 June 2023 Moreover, the policy also asks these internet businesses to elect a grievance officer to be available at the beck and call of law enforcement officials. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 18 Aug. 2021 The show became an obsession for many, inviting audiences into an inner sanctum of lavish settings and private planes at their beck and call — and where viperous family dynamics reigned supreme. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 29 May 2023 Florida under the beck and call of a legless and domineering Jessica Lange in her final AHS lead role. Allaire Nuss,, 20 July 2022 There’s nothing wrong with receiving help or donations, but living at the beck and call of others so your passion can happen is not responsible. Rod Berger, Forbes, 21 June 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English bekken, shortened from bekenen "to give a mute signal," with the n perhaps being taken as the infinitive ending — more at beckon

Noun (1)

Middle English becke, bekke "mute signal, signal of command, bow," noun derivative of bekken "to give a mute signal" — more at beck entry 1

Noun (2)

Middle English bek, from Old Norse bekkr; akin to Old English bæc brook, Old High German bah, Lithuanian bėgti to flee — more at phobia

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beck was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a beckoning gesture

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