- The definition of beckon is the gesture used to call someone over.
The wave a mother gives her child to come over to her is an example of a beckon.
- The meaning of beckon is to call over silently or with a gesture.
- An example of beckon is the ocean calling to a surfer.
- Motioning with a nod for a friend to join you is an example of to beckon.
A woman beckoning with her finger.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to call or summon by a silent gesture
- to seem enticing (to); attract; lure: the woods beckon
Origin: Middle English beknen ; from Old English beacnian, becnian; akin to Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen ; from Germanic an unverified form bauhnan ; from an unverified form baukna, beacon
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verb beck·oned, beck·on·ing, beck·ons verb, transitive
- To signal or summon, as by nodding or waving.
- To attract because of an inviting or enticing appearance: “a lovely, sunny country that seemed to beckon them on to the Emerald City” (L. Frank Baum).
- To make a signaling or summoning gesture.
- To be inviting or enticing.
Origin: Middle English bekenen, from Old English bīecnan, bēcnan; see bhā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- beckˈon·er noun
- beckˈon·ing·ly adverb