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

Definition of beck

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\ ˈbek How to pronounce beck (audio) \

Definition of beck (Entry 2 of 3)

1 chiefly Scottish : bow, curtsy
2a : a beckoning gesture
at one's beck and call
: ready to obey one's command immediately
\ ˈbek How to pronounce beck (audio) \

Definition of beck (Entry 3 of 3)


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First Known Use of beck


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


Middle English, alteration of beknen

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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“Beck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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