- a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
- at someone's beck and call ⇒ ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Idiomsat someone's beck and call, ready and willing to do what someone wishes:was always at the boss's beck and call.
- a gesture used to signal, summon, or direct someone.
- Idiomsat someone's beck and call, ready to do someone's bidding;
subject to someone's slightest wish:He has three servants at his beck and call.
- Scottish Terms[Chiefly Scot.]a bow or curtsy of greeting.
- Middle English becken, short variant of becnen to beckon 1325–75
beck2 (bek),USA pronunciation n. [North Eng.]
- Indo-European *bhog-lā
- Scandinavian; compare Old Norse bekkr; akin to Old English bece, Dutch beek, German Bach brook, Middle Irish bual flowing water
- Middle English becc 1250–1300
beck3 (bek),USA pronunciation v.t. [Metalworking.]
- verb, verbal use of beck (noun, nominal), shortening of beck-iron, variant of bick-iron
Beck (bek),USA pronunciation n.
- (in N England) a stream, esp a swiftly flowing one