beck

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bek, bekk, becc, from Old Norse bekkr (a stream or brook), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (stream). Cognate with Low German bek, beck, German Bach, Dutch beek, Old English bæc, bec, bæċe, beċe (beck, brook). More at beach.

Noun[edit]

beck (plural becks)

  1. (Norfolk, Northern England) A stream or small river.
    • (Can we date this quote by Drayton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The brooks, the becks, the rills.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bekken, a shortened form of Middle English bekenen, from Old English bēcnan, bēacnian (to signify; beckon), from Proto-Germanic *baukną (beacon). More at beacon.

Noun[edit]

beck (plural becks)

  1. A significant nod, or motion of the head or hand, especially as a call or command.
    • (Can we date this quote?), John Milton, Paradise Regained
      Then forthwith to him takes a chosen band, / Of spirits likest to himself in guile / To be at hand, and at his beck appear.
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beck (third-person singular simple present becks, present participle becking, simple past and past participle becked)

  1. (archaic) To nod or motion with the head.
    • c. 1596, William Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of King Iohn”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
      When gold and silver becks me to come on.
    • 1896, Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, Winter Evening Tales[1]:
      I'll buy so many acres of old Scotland and call them by the Lockerby's name; and I'll have nobles and great men come bowing and becking to David Lockerby as they do to Alexander Gordon.
    • 1881, Various, The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III[2]:
      The becking waiter, that with wreathed smiles, wont to spread for Samuel and Bozzy their "supper of the gods," has long since pocketed his last sixpence; and vanished, sixpence and all, like a ghost at cock-crowing.

Etymology 3[edit]

See back.

Noun[edit]

beck (plural becks)

  1. A vat.

Etymology 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

beck (plural becks)

  1. Obsolete form of beak.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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beck m (plural becks)

  1. Alternative spelling of beque

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beck n

  1. pitch; A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.

Declension[edit]

Declension of beck 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative beck becket
Genitive becks beckets

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