verb (used with or without object)
- to signal, summon, or direct by a gesture of the head or hand.
- to lure; entice.
- a nod, gesture, etc., that signals, directs, summons, indicates agreement, or the like.
- to summon with a gesture of the hand or head
- to entice or lure
- a summoning gesture
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.