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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bek, bekk, becc, from Old Norse bekkr (a stream or brook), from Proto-Germanic *bakiz (stream). Cognate with Low German bek, beck, German Bach, Dutch beek, Old English bæc, bec, bæċe, beċe (beck, brook). More at beach.

NounEdit

beck (plural becks)

  1. (Norfolk, Northern England) A stream or small river.
    • Drayton
      The brooks, the becks, the rills.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English bekken, a shortened form of Middle English bekenen, from Old English bēcnan, bēacnian (to signify; beckon), from Proto-Germanic *baukną (beacon). More at beacon.

NounEdit

beck (plural becks)

  1. A significant nod, or motion of the head or hand, especially as a call or command.
    • John Milton, Paradise Regained
      Then forthwith to him takes a chosen band, / Of spirits likest to himself in guile / To be at hand, and at his beck appear.
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VerbEdit

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 3Edit

See back.

NounEdit

beck (plural becks)

  1. A vat.

Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

beck (plural becks)

  1. Obsolete form of beak.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)

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beck m (plural becks)

  1. Alternative spelling of beque

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beck n

  1. pitch; A dark, extremely viscous material remaining in still after distilling crude oil and tar.

DeclensionEdit

Declension of beck 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative beck becket
Genitive becks beckets

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