- that part of a human or animal joining the head to the body, including the part of the backbone between the skull and the shoulders
- a narrow part between the head, or end, and the body, or base, of any object: the neck of a violin, the neck of a goblet
- that part of a garment which covers, encircles, or is nearest the neck
- the narrowest part of any object, considered to be like a neck; specif.,
- a narrow strip of land
- the narrowest part of an organ: the neck of the uterus, the neck of a tooth
- the narrowest or tapering part of a bottle, vase, etc.
- a strait or channel
- Geol. a vertical column of hardened igneous rock, formerly plugging a volcanic conduit and later exposed by erosion and weathering
Origin of neckMiddle English nekke ; from Old English hnecca, akin to German nacken ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ken-, to bend, squeeze from source nook, nut
- to kill (a fowl) by twisting its neck
- ☆ Slang to hug, kiss, and caress passionately
break one's neck
get it in the neck☆
neck and crop
neck and neck
neck of the woods
risk one's neck
stick one's neck out
win (or lose) by a neck
- Horse Racing to win (or lose) by the length of a horse's head and neck
- to win (or lose) any contest by a narrow margin
- Anatomy a. The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders or trunk.b. A narrow or constricted area of a bodily structure, as of a bone, that joins its parts; a cervix.c. The part of a tooth between the crown and root.
- The part of a garment around or near the neck.
- A relatively narrow elongation, projection, or connecting part: a neck of land; the neck of a flask.
- Music The narrow part along which the strings of an instrument extend to the pegs.
- Printing See beard.
- Geology Solidified lava filling the vent of an extinct volcano.
- The siphon of a bivalve mollusk, such as a clam.
- A narrow margin: won by a neck.
verbnecked, neck·ing, necks
verb, intransitive Informal
Origin of neckMiddle English nekke, from Old English hnecca.
Shiprock Peak, a volcanic neck, near Shiprock, New Mexico
- The part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals.
- The corresponding part in some other anatomical contexts.
- The part of a shirt, dress etc., which fits a person's neck.
- The tapered part of a bottle toward the opening.
- (botany) The slender tubelike extension atop an archegonium, through which the sperm swim to reach the egg.
- (music) The extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted
- A long narrow tract of land projecting from the main body, or a narrow tract connecting two larger tracts.
- (engineering) A reduction in size near the end of an object, formed by a groove around it.
- a neck forming the journal of a shaft
(third-person singular simple present necks, present participle necking, simple past and past participle necked)
From Middle English nekke, nakke, from Old English hnecca, *hnÃ¦cca (“neck, nape"), from Proto-Germanic *hnakkÃ´ (“nape, neck"), from Proto-Indo-European *knog-, *kneg- (“back of the head, nape, neck"). Cognate with Scots nek (“neck"), North Frisian neek, neeke, Nak (“neck"), Saterland Frisian NÃ¤cke (“neck"), West Frisian nekke (“neck"), Dutch nek (“neck"), Low German Nakke (“neck"), German Nacken (“nape of the neck"), Danish nakke (“neck"), Swedish nacke (“neck"), Icelandic hnakki (“neck"), Tocharian A kÃ±uk (“neck, nape"). Possibly a mutated variant of *kneug/k (cf. Old English hnocc 'hook, penis', Welsh cnwch 'joint, knob', Latvian knaÅ«Ä·is 'dwarf', Ancient Greek knychÃ³Å 'to draw together'). More at nook.