necking

[ nek-ing ]
/ ˈnɛk ɪŋ /

noun

Informal. kissing, caressing, and other sexual activity between partners that does not involve stimulation of the genitals or sexual intercourse.
Architecture.
  1. a molding or group of moldings between the projecting part of a capital of a column and the shaft.
  2. gorgerin.

Origin of necking

First recorded in 1795–1805; neck + -ing1

Definition for necking (2 of 2)

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.

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 forms

neck·er, nounneck·less, adjectiveneck·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for necking (1 of 2)

necking

/ (ˈnɛkɪŋ) /

noun

informal the activity of kissing and embracing passionately
Also called: gorgerin architect one or more mouldings at the top of a column between the shaft and the capital

British Dictionary definitions for necking (2 of 2)

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 Forms

necker, noun

Word Origin for neck

Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill
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Medicine definitions for necking

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 necking

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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