Meaning of NECK in English


n. & v.


1. a the part of the body connecting the head to the shoulders. b the part of a shirt, dress, etc. round or close to the neck.

2 a something resembling a neck, such as the narrow part of a cavity or vessel, a passage, channel, pass, isthmus, etc. b the narrow part of a bottle near the mouth.

3 the part of a violin etc. bearing the finger-board.

4 the length of a horse's head and neck as a measure of its lead in a race.

5 the flesh of an animal's neck (neck of lamb).

6 Geol. solidified lava or igneous rock in an old volcano crater or pipe.

7 Archit. the lower part of a capital.

8 sl. impudence (you've got a neck, asking that).


1. intr. & tr. colloq. kiss and caress amorously.

2 a tr. form a narrowed part in. b intr. form a narrowed part.

Phrases and idioms:

get it in the neck colloq.

1. receive a severe reprimand or punishment.

2 suffer a fatal or severe blow. neck and neck running level in a race etc. neck of the woods colloq. a usu. remote locality. neck or nothing risking everything on success. up to one's neck (often foll. by in) colloq. very deeply involved; very busy.


necked adj. (also in comb.). necker n. (in sense 1 of v.). neckless adj.

Etymology: OE hnecca ult. f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.