Definitions for necknɛk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the part of the body that connects the head and the trunk.

    Category: Anatomy, Zoology

  2. the part of a garment encircling, partly covering, or closest to the neck; neckline.

  3. the slender part near the top of a bottle, vase, or similar object.

  4. the long, slender part of a violin or similar stringed instrument, extending from the body to the head.

  5. any narrow, connecting, or projecting part suggesting a neck.

  6. a narrow strip of land, as an isthmus.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  7. a strait; channel.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  8. a narrowed part of a bone, organ, or the like.

    Category: Anatomy

  9. the slightly narrowed region of a tooth between the crown and the root.

    Category: Dentistry

  10. the approximate length of a horse's head and neck, as indicating a margin of victory in a race.

    Category: Sport

  11. Category: Printing

    Ref: beard (def. 5). 1 5 1

  12. the solidified lava or igneous rock filling a conduit leading either to a vent of an extinct volcano or to a laccolith.

    Category: Geology

  13. (v.i.)Informal. to embrace, kiss, and caress amorously.

    Category: Informal

  14. (v.t.)Informal. to embrace, kiss, and caress (someone) amorously.

    Category: Informal

  15. to strangle or behead.

Idioms for neck:

  1. break one's neck,Informal. to make a great effort.

    Category: Informal, Idiom

  2. neck and neck,just even or very close:

    two horses crossing the finish line neck and neck.

    Category: Informal, Idiom

Origin of neck:

bef. 900; ME nekke, OE hnecca, c. D nek nape of neck; akin to G Nacken, nape of neck


Princeton's WordNet

  1. neck, cervix(noun)

    the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body

    "he admired her long graceful neck"; "the horse won by a neck"

  2. neck(noun)

    a narrow elongated projecting strip of land

  3. neck(noun)

    a cut of meat from the neck of an animal

  4. neck(noun)

    a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form

    "the banjo had a long neck"; "the bottle had a wide neck"

  5. neck, neck opening(verb)

    an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck

  6. neck, make out(verb)

    kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion

    "The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. neck(noun)ˈɛk

    the part of the body between the shoulders and head

    a scarf tied around her neck; the swan's long graceful neck

  2. neckˈɛk

    the opening of a piece of clothing, which your head goes through

    a low-necked blouse

  3. neckˈɛk

    indicates the shape of the neck

    a v-neck/crew-neck/turtle-neck sweater

  4. neckˈɛk

    a long thin part of an object

    a wine bottle's neck; the neck of the violin

  5. neckˈɛk

    dealing with a lot of sth bad or difficult

    I'm up to my neck in assignments for school.

  6. neckˈɛk

    competing closely with

    The two candidates are neck and neck.

  7. neckˈɛk

    indicates a particular area where sth happens or sb lives

    Is there a lot of snow in your neck of the woods?


  1. neck(Noun)

    The part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals.

  2. neck(Noun)

    The corresponding part in some other anatomical contexts.

  3. neck(Noun)

    The part of a shirt, dress etc., which fits a person's neck.

  4. neck(Noun)

    The tapered part of a bottle toward the opening.

  5. neck(Noun)

    The slender tubelike extension atop an archegonium, through which the sperm swim to reach the egg.

  6. neck(Noun)

    The extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted

  7. neck(Verb)

    To hang by the neck; strangle; kill, eliminate

  8. neck(Verb)

    To make love; to snog; to intently kiss or cuddle.

    Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them.

  9. neck(Verb)

    To drink rapidly.

  10. Origin: From nekke, from hnecca 'neck, nape', from hnakkô 'nape, back of the head' (compare Dutch nek, German Nacken, Danish nakke), from knok (cf. Tocharian A kñuk 'neck, nape'), mutated variant of *kneug/k (cf. Old English hnocc 'hook, penis', Welsh cnwch 'joint, knob', Latvian knaūķis 'dwarf', Ancient Greek 'to draw together').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neck(noun)

    the part of an animal which connects the head and the trunk, and which, in man and many other animals, is more slender than the trunk

  2. Neck(noun)

    any part of an inanimate object corresponding to or resembling the neck of an animal

  3. Neck(noun)

    the long slender part of a vessel, as a retort, or of a fruit, as a gourd

  4. Neck(noun)

    a long narrow tract of land projecting from the main body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts

  5. Neck(noun)

    that part of a violin, guitar, or similar instrument, which extends from the head to the body, and on which is the finger board or fret board

  6. Neck(noun)

    a reduction in size near the end of an object, formed by a groove around it; as, a neck forming the journal of a shaft

  7. Neck(noun)

    the point where the base of the stem of a plant arises from the root

  8. Neck(verb)

    to reduce the diameter of (an object) near its end, by making a groove around it; -- used with down; as, to neck down a shaft

  9. Neck

    to kiss and caress amorously


  1. Neck

    The neck is the part of the body, on many terrestrial or secondarily aquatic vertebrates, that distinguishes the head from the torso or trunk. The adjective signifying "of the neck" is cervical.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NECK

    A close connection between chin and chest, used for the display of linen, silk, furs, jewelry and skin, fitted with gullet, windpipe, hunger and thirst, and devoted to the rubber industry.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neck' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1873

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neck' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2022

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neck' in Nouns Frequency: #767

Translations for neck

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the part of the body between the head and chest

She wore a scarf around her neck.

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