follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

beckon

[bek-uh n] /ˈbɛk ən/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
2.
to lure; entice.
noun
3.
a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English beknen, Old English gebē(a)cnian, derivative of bēacen beacon
Related forms
beckoner, noun
beckoningly, adverb
unbeckoned, adjective
Synonyms
1. motion, wave, gesture, bid, nod. 2. invite, attract, draw, coax, tempt, tantalize, allure, beguile.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for beckoning
  • Her cephalothorax lowers, he dances with the rising sun as if beckoning the light to share in this moment.
  • Despite their vulgar display, their beckoning rainbow of color, they are barren.
  • The eye-catching motels, with their beckoning neon signs, are a stylistic extension of the boardwalk.
  • Follow the arc of that horseshoe and the cliffs peer over you all the way, forbidding and beckoning at once.
  • He would have been running or beckoning me back if these guys were anything but gentle.
  • To your amazement, they jump out and lie across the potholes, beckoning you to drive your car over them.
  • The banner floating in the morning breeze was the beckoning gesture of his country.
  • Summer's here, school's out and nature is beckoning.
  • They are beckoning the working poor and courting the thousands of single mothers abandoning the welfare rolls.
  • Our friend went into the police station nearby to ask for directions, and soon was beckoning to us.
British Dictionary definitions for beckoning

beckon

/ˈbɛkən/
verb
1.
to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
2.
to entice or lure
noun
3.
a summoning gesture
Derived Forms
beckoner, noun
beckoning, adjective, noun
Word Origin
Old English bīecnan, from bēacen sign; related to Old Saxon bōknian; see beacon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for beckoning

beckon

v.

Old English gebecnian (West Saxon beacnian) "to make a mute sign," derivative of beacen "a sign, beacon," from Proto-Germanic *bauknjan (cf. Old Saxon boknian, Old High German bouhnen), from PIE root *bha- "to shine" (see beacon). Related: Beckoned; beckoning. The noun is attested from 1718, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for beckon

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for beckoning

18
23
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with beckoning