beck·​on·​ing ˈbe-kᵊn-iŋ How to pronounce beckoning (audio)
: attractive or inviting : appealing
… in the beckoning, golden distances of the great new westward continent …Robert Penn Warren
The most immediately beckoning aspect of Kobke's work is probably his portraiture.Sanford Schwartz
beckoningly adverb
Over the main entrance, a constellation of electric lights flicked beckoningly off and on. Peter Quennell

Examples of beckoning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As with any festival worthy of its reputation, Telluride offers more beckoning films than attendees can see. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, 29 Aug. 2019 An overnight visit also improves visitors’ chances of hearing the beckoning howls of the wolves. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, 20 Apr. 2017

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Word History


from present participle of beckon

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beckoning was in 1786

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“Beckoning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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