beck (n.)

late 14c., "nod or other mute signal intended to express desire or command," a noun use from Middle English bekken (v.), variant of becnan "to beckon" (see beckon). Transferred sense of "slightest indication of will" is from late 15c.

beck (v.)

"to signal by a nod or gesture," c. 1300, shortening of beckon. (v.).

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