beckon

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bekenen, beknen, becnen, beknien, from Old English bēacnian, bēcnian, bīecnan (to signal; beckon), from Proto-West Germanic *bauknōn, *bauknijan (to signal), from *baukn (signal; beacon). Cognate with Old Saxon bōknian, Old High German bouhnen, Old Norse bákna. More at beacon.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɛkən/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛkən

Verb[edit]

beckon (third-person singular simple present beckons, present participle beckoning, simple past and past participle beckoned)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To wave or nod to somebody with the intention to make the person come closer.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To seem attractive and inviting

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

beckon (plural beckons)

  1. A sign made without words; a beck.
  2. A children's game similar to hide and seek in which children who have been "caught" may escape if they see another hider beckon to them.