Definition of


  1. (noun, body) the part of an organism (human or animal) that connects the head to the rest of the body
    the horse won by a neck
  2. (noun, object) a narrow elongated projecting strip of land
  3. (noun, food) a cut of meat from the neck of an animal
  4. (noun, artifact) a narrow part of an artifact that resembles a neck in position or form
    the bottle had a wide neck
  5. (noun, artifact) an opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck
  6. (verb, contact) kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion

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Synonyms of Neck

cervix, make out, neck opening

Origin of the word Neck

  1. O.E. hnecca "neck, back of the neck" (a fairly rare word) from P.Gmc. *khnekkon "the nape of the neck" (cf. O.Fris. hnekka, M.Du. necke, O.N. hnakkr, O.H.G. hnach, Ger. Nacken "neck"), with no certain cognates outside Gmc., though some suggest PIE *knok- "high point, ridge" (cf. O.Ir. cnocc, Welsh cnwch, O.Br… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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