[ nek ]
/ nɛk /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: neck / necked / necking on Thesaurus.com

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.
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Idioms about neck

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


necker, nounneckless, adjectivenecklike, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use neck in a sentence

  • The Hoobat moved, rearing up on the tips of its six legs, its neckless head slowly revolving on its puffy shoulders.

    Plague Ship|Andre Norton
  • In a community of waist less, neckless women she was as slender as a young tree, and held her head like a swan.

    The Huntress|Hulbert Footner
  • Taller than Hume, but hunched forward in its neckless outline, the thing was a monster.

    Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton

British Dictionary definitions for neck

/ (nɛk) /

(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 of neck

necker, noun

Word Origin for neck

Old English hnecca; related to Old High German hnack, Old Irish cnocc hill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for neck

[ nĕk ]

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Other Idioms and Phrases with neck


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.