Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of making a beck; the act of bowing or nodding.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • And yet she was subjected relentlessly to a phenomenon that has come to be called becking: To be "becked" is to be held up as such an evil and destructive person that someone, somewhere, will interpret it as a call to eliminate that problem through violence.

    The Seattle Times

  • As, in going downstairs, he passed the shop where Dame Christie stood becking, he made civil inquiries after her husband.

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • I've never seen prostitution so blatant as in China, and this although it's a hanging offence; all through our meal, shabby tarts with white-painted faces had been becking and giggling in the door-way, calling out and displaying the mutilated feet by which the Chinese set such store, and the lads had been eating faster and faster in anticipation.

    Flashman And The Dragon

  • I've never seen prostitution so blatant as in China, and this although it's a hanging offence; all through our meal, shabby tarts with white-painted faces had been becking and giggling in the door-way, calling out and displaying the mutilated feet by which the Chinese set such store, and the lads had been eating faster and faster in anticipation.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • The house was surrendered to the King in 1539, the warden and ten brethren being compelled to sign a humiliating document, in which they professed to "profoundly consider that the perfection of Christian living doth not consist in dumb ceremonies, wearing of a grey coat, disguising ourself after strange fashions, ducking, nodding and becking, in girding our selves with a girdle full of knots and other like Papisticall ceremonies."

    The Churches of Coventry A Short History of the City & Its Medieval Remains

  • I risked him the flash of an eye as he stood, a becking black body on a bough, his yellow beak shaking out a flutey note of passionate serenade.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

  • But now the pen was caught suddenly from my fingers, the paper torn in shreds, and there was Master Pottery shaking us both by the hand, nodding and becking, and smiling the while all over his big red face.

    The Splendid Spur

  • I am not a mountain that I should obey the becking call of any Mahomet.

    Baboo Jabberjee, B.A.

  • The matrons of surrounding parishes, the ladies of Beorminster society, the damsels of town and country, were all present in their best attire, chattering and smiling, and becking and bowing, after the observant and diplomatic ways of their sex.

    The Bishop's Secret

  • With menacing becking thee branches palsye before tyme,

    A History of Elizabethan Literature

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