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
British Dictionary definitions for beck oner

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 beck oner

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 beck

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for beck oner