Definition of beck noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bek//
; NAmE NAmE//bek//
(British English, dialect)
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  • a small river synonym stream
  • Word Originnoun Middle English: from Old Norse bekkr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch beek and German Bach. Used as the common term for a brook in northern areas, beck often refers, in literature, to a brook with a stony bed or following a rugged course, typical of such areas.at somebody's beck and call. Middle English: from archaic beck, abbreviated form of beckon.Idioms
    at somebody’s beck and call
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    always ready to obey somebody’s orders She is constantly at the beck and call of her invalid father. Don't expect to have me at your beck and call.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: beck