(1)   An opening in a garment for the neck of the wearer; a part of the garment near the wearer's neck
(2)   The part of an organism that connects the head to the rest of the body
"He admired her long graceful neck"
(3)   A cut of meat from the neck of an animal
(4)   A narrow elongated projecting strip of land


(5)   Kiss, embrace, or fondle with sexual passion
"The couple were necking in the back seat of the car"


From hnecca "neck, back of the neck" (fairly rare), from (cfr. Old Frisian hnekka, Middle Dutch necke (modern nek), Old Norse hnakkr, Old High German hnach, German Nacken "neck"); without certain non-Germanic cognates, although various are postulated.


  1. the part of body connecting the head and the trunk found in humans and some animals
  2. the corresponding part in some other anatomical contexts
  3. the part of a shirt, dress etc., which fits a person's neck.
  4. the tapered part of a bottle toward the opening
  5. the extension of any stringed instrument on which a fingerboard is mounted


  1. To hang by the neck; strangle; kill, eliminate
  2. To make love; to snog; to intently kiss or cuddle.
    Alan and Betty were necking in the back of a car when Betty's dad caught them.
  3. To drink rapidly.
    • 2006, Sarah Johnstone, Tom Masters, London
      In the dim light, punters sit sipping raspberry-flavoured Tokyo martinis, losing the freestyle sushi off their chopsticks or necking Asahi beer.