Beck definition

bĕk
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(Norfolk, Northern England) A stream or small river.
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A significant nod, or motion of the head or hand, especially as a call or command.

To be at the beck and call of someone.

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(archaic) To nod or motion with the head.
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A vat.
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Obsolete form of beak.

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A surname​.
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A gesture of beckoning or summons.
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A small brook; a creek.
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A gesture of the hand, head, etc., meant to summon.
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(archaic) To summon by a beck; beckon.
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(chiefly brit., dial.) A little stream, esp. one with a rocky bottom.
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at (someone's) beck and call
  • Ready to comply with any wish or command.
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at the beck and call of
  • at the service of; obedient to the wishes of
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
beck
Plural:
becks

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at (someone's) beck and call
at the beck and call of

Origin of beck

  • Middle English bek from bekken to beckon alteration of bekenen beckon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old Norse bekkr bhegw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A shortened form of beckon, from Old English bēcnan, from Proto-Germanic *baukną (“beacon”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old Norse bekkr (“a stream or brook”). Cognate with German Bach. More at beach.

    From Wiktionary

  • See back.

    From Wiktionary