[ neyp, nap ]
/ neɪp, næp /


the back of the neck (usually used in the phrase nape of the neck).


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Origin of nape

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for nape

British Dictionary definitions for nape (1 of 2)

/ (neɪp) /


the back of the neckRelated adjective: nuchal

Word Origin for nape

C13: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for nape (2 of 2)

/ (neɪp) /


(tr) US military slang to attack with napalm
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Medical definitions for nape

[ nāp, năp ]


The back of the neck.
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