There are 2 main definitions of beck in English:

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beck1

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Pronunciation: /bɛk
 
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noun

Northern English
A stream.
Example sentences
  • But £160,000 is needed for the final phase, a pumping station to discharge water from the beck into the River Derwent.
  • This would be used to pump water from the beck into the river when the sluice was closed, so that beckwater did not itself back up and flood the roads.
  • The villagers are trying to fund the installation of a pumping station to pump water from the beck into the river.

Origin

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.

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  • If you are at someone's beck and call you have to be ready to obey their orders immediately. The phrase is known from the 19th century, but beck itself is much older, being a Middle English shortening of beckon. The northern English word beck (Middle English), meaning a stream or brook, is unconnected, and comes from Old Norse.

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beck2

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Pronunciation: /bɛk
 
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noun

literary
A gesture requesting attention, such as a nod or wave.
Example sentences
  • And when Niall, who stood on the sideline for 40 minutes, finally got the beck, he didn't disappoint, scoring his first point in 20 years.
  • And second, it had always been my assumption that anyone interested in getting involved could do so without the beck of enthusiastic recruiters.
  • Come to think of it, I have the Antidote to Rage lying in my DVD player awaiting for the beck of a remote control.

Origin

Middle English: from archaic beck, abbreviated form of beckon.

More
  • If you are at someone's beck and call you have to be ready to obey their orders immediately. The phrase is known from the 19th century, but beck itself is much older, being a Middle English shortening of beckon. The northern English word beck (Middle English), meaning a stream or brook, is unconnected, and comes from Old Norse.

Phrases

at someone's beck and call

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Always having to be ready to obey someone’s orders immediately: enjoy having servants at your beck and call she was at her mother’s beck and call
More example sentences
  • If you let yourself be controlled by the industry, you'll always be at their beck and call.
  • Peabee had certainly known life on the penthouse floor: Women always at his beck and call.
  • Whenever he's home, she's always expected to be at his beck and call.

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