beep

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Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic. (This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium. Particularly: “how old is this word?”)

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  • enPR: bēp, IPA(key): /biːp/
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  • Rhymes: -iːp

Noun[edit]

beep (plural beeps)

  1. The sound produced by the horn of a car, or any similar sound.
  2. A short, electronically produced tone.

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beep (third-person singular simple present beeps, present participle beeping, simple past and past participle beeped)

  1. (transitive) To sound (something that makes a beep).
    The motorists in the traffic jam were getting more and more frustrated and started beeping their horns.
  2. (transitive, informal, euphemistic) To have sexual intercourse (with) - referring to the bleep tone used to censor obscene words in broadcasts
    Jason beeped Sharlene after they had drunk a few beers.
  3. (intransitive) To produce a beep.
  4. (transitive) To contact (someone via) a pager device.
    • 1981, Decisions and Orders of the National Labor Relations Board (U.S.), volume 253, page 1060:
      Burkat told him on the evening of Sunday, July 1, that Kritch “would have to terminate Mr. Waugaman on Monday when he came in, for not answering the beeper.” [] However, when considered in light of [] Justak’s assertion in Waugaman’s termination notice that Respondent had unsuccessfully tried to “beep” him at 6 p.m. []
    • 2013, Tonshea Carroll Moore and Lanette Zavala, Wedding Vows Under Fire[1], page 138:
      His first notion was to call her on her mobile phone device. After all, she had neither called nor beeped him to tell him any plans in advance.
  5. (transitive) Telephoning a person, but only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back.
    Susan beeped Jessica, and then Jessica called her back, because Susan didn't have enough credit on her phone to make the call.
    • 2008, Deborah Eden, The Destroyer[2], page 157:
      He should have been here at two-fifteen the way he drove. I beeped him, but he didn't ring back.

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English beep.

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beep n (plural beep-uri)

  1. beep

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