beck

verb
\ ˈbek How to pronounce beck (audio) \
becked; becking; becks

Definition of beck

 (Entry 1 of 3)

beck

noun (1)
\ ˈbek How to pronounce beck (audio) \

Definition of beck (Entry 2 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland : bow, curtsy
2a : a beckoning gesture
at one's beck and call
: ready to obey one's command immediately

beck

noun (2)
\ ˈbek How to pronounce beck (audio) \

Definition of beck (Entry 3 of 3)

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First Known Use of beck

Verb

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

History and Etymology for beck

Verb

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

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

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“Beck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beck. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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