- 1[intransitive] (of an electronic machine) to make a short high sound The microwave beeps to let you know when it has finished. More Like This Onomatopoeic words beep, bleep, boohoo, brrr, buzz, click, clip-clop, ding-dong, hiss, mwah, peep, ping, plop, pop, rat-tat, splat, splosh, squeak, squeal, squelch, swish, tee-hee, thud, thwack, tick-tock, toot, vroom, wham, whoosh, zoomSee worksheet.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] when a car horn, etc. beeps or when you beep it, it makes a short noise The car behind started beeping at us. beep something He beeped his horn at the cyclist. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents, Driving
- 3(North American English) (British English bleep) [transitive] beep somebody to call somebody on their beeper See related entries: Communication devices Word Origin 1920s: imitative.
BrE BrE//biːp//; NAmE NAmE//biːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they beep
BrE BrE//biːp//; NAmE NAmE//biːp//he / she / it beeps
BrE BrE//biːps//; NAmE NAmE//biːps//past simple beeped
BrE BrE//biːpt//; NAmE NAmE//biːpt//past participle beeped
BrE BrE//biːpt//; NAmE NAmE//biːpt//-ing form beeping
BrE BrE//ˈbiːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbiːpɪŋ//Motoring problems and accidents, Communication devices, Driving