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beeped; beeping; beeps

transitive verb

: to cause to sound
beep a horn
: to send a message to (someone) with a beeper
Dr. Khoury was beeped to perform an emergency operation at American University Hospital.Scot Macleod

intransitive verb

: to sound a horn
: to make a beep


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: a short usually high-pitched sound (as from a horn or an electronic device) that serves as a signal or warning

Examples of beep in a Sentence

Verb Why did you beep your horn at her? She beeped at me first. Something is beeping in the kitchen. I could hear a beeping noise. Noun the beep of a car horn Please leave a message after the beep.
Recent Examples on the Web
However, there is a 3-second delay before the detector beeps and plays a message asking the person to step to the right. Oscar Gonzalez / Gizmodo, Quartz, 29 Mar. 2024 Try an old-fashioned alarm clock in your bedroom so there’s nothing beeping there. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 31 Jan. 2024 Mitzi Bakshi was probably the only chance you morons ever had for guaranteeing amber rears and putting the beeping Trad Reds in their place once and for all. Quartz Staff, Quartz, 19 Mar. 2024 The high court brushed aside an appeal from the Californian, who received a ticket after beeping to support a group that had gathered outside her congressman’s office. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 This allows a passive listener to learn all kinds of things, including when someone swiped a badge, whether that badge was valid, when the LEDs light up, and when the buzzer beeps. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 9 Aug. 2023 Porter’s attorneys at the First Amendment Coalition said that beeping a car horn can be protected speech in many circumstances, such as when drivers are celebrating a World Series win or are indicating support for a candidate waving signs on the side of the road during the morning rush hour. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 Medical equipment whirs and beeps in the background. Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2023 Monitors beeped; Shakira played on the sound system. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023
Susan Porter had argued her beeps of support were protected by the First Amendment. USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 As the speeches were being made, the beep beep of construction vehicles could be heard all around. Jeffrey Collins, Fortune Europe, 16 Feb. 2024 Taurus April 20 – May 20 Beep, beep — that’s your cosmic alarm clock, Taurus!, Sun Sentinel, 4 Jan. 2024 This work, too, gets a nod in Asteroid City in the form of an astronomer played by Tilda Swinton who watches for beeps and blips that could be alien signals from space, and works with the Junior Stargazers and Space Cadets to figure out what kind of message to send to the aliens. WIRED, 19 June 2023 In an era before starting beeps, automatic electronic touch pads at the finish walls and instant replays, international swimming had a complex system of measuring a victory. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Re-gripping for 10 seconds and then again letting go, the third alert occurred at 11 seconds, but with an audible beep this time. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2024 Part of the proof, Khan says, includes audible beeps in his recording as state police started and stopped the interrogation. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 19 Jan. 2024 This entails a continuous beep, which turns into a police siren (from the system, not a real police car), and the system then turns on the four-way emergency/hazard flashers. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2024

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Word History



from beep-beep, imitative of the sound of a horn, or verbal derivative of beep entry 2


earlier beep-beep, imitative of the sound of a horn

First Known Use


1933, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beep was in 1933

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Cite this Entry

“Beep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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: a sound that signals or warns
beep verb

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