neck

[ nek ]
/ nɛk /

noun

verb (used without object)

Informal. (of two persons) to embrace, kiss, and caress one another amorously.

verb (used with object)

Informal. to embrace, kiss, and caress (someone) amorously.
to strangle or behead.

Nearby words

  1. necessity,
  2. necessity is the mother of invention,
  3. nechako,
  4. neches,
  5. necho,
  6. neck and neck,
  7. neck cord,
  8. neck of the woods,
  9. neck sweetbread,
  10. neck-rein

Idioms

Origin of neck

before 900; Middle English nekke, Old English hnecca, cognate with Dutch nek nape of neck; akin to German Nacken, Old Norse hnakki nape of neck

Related formsneck·er, nounneck·less, adjectiveneck·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for neck of the woods

neck

/ (nɛk) /

noun

verb

(intr) informal to kiss, embrace, or fondle someone or one another passionately
(tr) British informal to swallow (something, esp a drink)he's been necking pints all night
Derived Formsnecker, noun

Word Origin for neck

Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill

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Word Origin and History for neck of the woods
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Medicine definitions for neck of the woods

neck

[ nĕk ]

n.

The part of the body joining the head to the shoulders or trunk.
A narrow or constricted part of a structure, as of a bone or organ, that joins its parts; a cervix.
The part of a tooth between the crown and the root.

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Idioms and Phrases with neck of the woods

neck of the woods

A neighborhood or region, as in He's one of the wealthiest men in our neck of the woods. Originally (mid-1800s) alluding to a forest settlement, this colloquial term is now used more loosely, for urban as well as rural locales.

neck

In addition to the idioms beginning with neck

  • neck and neck
  • neck of the woods

also see:

  • albatross around one's neck
  • break one's back (neck)
  • breathe down someone's neck
  • dead from the neck up
  • millstone around one's neck
  • pain in the neck
  • risk life and limb (one's neck)
  • save someone's bacon (neck)
  • stick one's neck out
  • up to one's ears (neck)
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