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necknoun [C]

 us   /nek/
  • neck noun [C] (BODY PART)

the ​part of the ​body that ​joins the ​head to the ​shoulders: She ​rubbed her neck. The neck of a ​piece of ​clothing is the ​part that goes around a person’s neck: His ​shirt was ​open at the neck. A neck is also a ​narrowpart near the ​top of an ​object such as a ​bottle: a ​vase with a ​long neck A neck is also the ​long, ​narrowpart of a ​stringinstrument, such as a ​guitar, on which the ​strings are ​pressed in ​order to ​produce different ​notes.

neckverb [I]

 us   /nek/ dated infml
  • neck verb [I] (KISS)

to ​kiss someone for a ​longtime
(Definition of neck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"neck" in British English

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necknoun [C]

uk   us   /nek/
  • neck noun [C] (BODY PART)

A2 the ​part of the ​body that ​joins the ​head to the ​shoulders: He had the ​thickest neck I'd ​everseen. She ​wore a ​goldchain around her neck.C2 the ​part of a ​piece of ​clothing that goes around a person's neck: This sweater's too ​tight in the neck. He wasn't ​wearing a ​tie and his ​shirt was ​open at the neck. a low-neck ​dress

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  • neck noun [C] (TOP PART)

part of a ​hollowobject that is at the ​top and is ​narrower than the ​part below it: the neck of a ​bottle/​guitar specialized medical a ​narrowpart of a ​bodypart: cancer of the neck of the ​uterus

neckverb [I]

uk   us   /nek/ old-fashioned informal
to ​kiss and ​hold a ​person in a ​sexual way
(Definition of neck from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “neck”
in Korean 목…
in Arabic رَقَبة…
in Malaysian leher…
in French cou, col, goulot…
in Russian шея, ворот, вырез…
in Chinese (Traditional) 身體部位, 頸,脖子, 衣領,領口…
in Italian collo…
in Turkish boyun, yaka…
in Polish szyja, kark, dekolt…
in Spanish cuello…
in Vietnamese cổ, cổ áo, phần cổ…
in Portuguese pescoço…
in Thai ลำคอ, คอเสื้อ, คอขวด…
in German der Hals, der Kragen, der Hals (der Flaschenhals)…
in Catalan coll…
in Japanese 首…
in Chinese (Simplified) 身体部位, 颈,脖子, 衣领,领口…
in Indonesian leher, kerah…
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