beck

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

beck (plural becks)

  1. (Norfolk, Northern England) A stream or small river.
    • Drayton
      The brooks, the becks, the rills.
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

beck (plural becks)

  1. 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.

Verb[edit]

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.
    • Shakespeare
      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?)