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[beep] /bip/
a short, relatively high-pitched tone produced by a horn, electronic device, or the like as a signal, summons, or warning.
one of the periodic signals sounded by a beeper.
verb (used without object)
to make or emit such a sound:
When the timer beeps, take the cake out of the oven.
verb (used with object)
to sound (a horn, warning signal, etc.):
impatient drivers beeping their horns.
to announce, warn, summon, etc., by beeping:
The doctor was beeped to call the hospital.
Origin of beep
1925-30; imitative Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for beep


a short high-pitched sound, esp one made by the horn of a car, bicycle, etc, or by electronic apparatus
to make or cause to make such a noise
Derived Forms
beeper, noun
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for beep

1927, imitative of automobile horns (originally of the sound of a certain type of automobile horn among several types in use in the years after the klaxon horn was brought into use c.1910). Used as a noun and verb by 1929. Related: Beeped; beeping.

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Slang definitions & phrases for beep



  1. : The car gave a few hearty beeps (1920s+)
  2. A usually high-pitched short burst of sound emitted by an electronic device on a satellite, rocket, telephone answering machine, etc: Please leave your message when you hear the beep (1950s+ Aerospace)


  1. To sound the horn of a car (1920s+)
  2. To notify someone by a beep that attention or action is needed: So I called the doctor and they beeped him and he called me

[1970s+; echoic]

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beep in Technology
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