meaning of beckon

beckon meaning in General Dictionary

A sign made without terms a beck

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  • which will make a significant indication to hence to summon as by a motion regarding the hand
  • look inviting
  • summon with a wave, nod, or some other motion
  • sign using fingers or nod
  • to create an important indication to; for this reason, to summon, as by a movement of this hand.
  • A sign made without terms; a beck.

beckon meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English gebecnian (western Saxon beacnian) "to produce a mute indication," derivative of beacen "an indicator, beacon," from Proto-Germanic *bauknjan (cognates: Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen), from PIE root *bha- (1) "to shine" (see beacon). Relevant: Beckoned; beckoning. The noun is attested from 1718, through the verb.


beckon meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To create a significant indication to; for this reason, to summon, as by a motion for the hand.

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  • (n.) An indicator made without terms; a beck.