1. a short, relatively high-pitched tone produced by a horn, electronic device, or the like as a signal, summons, or warning.
  2. one of the periodic signals sounded by a beeper.

verb (used without object)

  1. to make or emit such a sound: When the timer beeps, take the cake out of the oven.

verb (used with object)

  1. to sound (a horn, warning signal, etc.): impatient drivers beeping their horns.
  2. to announce, warn, summon, etc., by beeping: The doctor was beeped to call the hospital.


  1. a short high-pitched sound, esp one made by the horn of a car, bicycle, etc, or by electronic apparatus


  1. to make or cause to make such a noise

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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