beep /biːp/


I. noun

a short, high-pitched sound emitted by electronic equipment or a vehicle horn.

leave a message after the beep.
II. verb [no obj.]

1. (of a horn or electronic device) produce a beep.

the machines were beeping and the tills humming.
2. [with obj.]
(chiefly N. Amer.) summon (someone) by means of a pager.

they have themselves beeped in restaurants.
– origin 1920s: imitative.

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