bull neck


: a thick short powerful neck
ˈbu̇l-ˈnekt How to pronounce bull neck (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-

Examples of bull neck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These historical injuries, combined with Crean’s big belly and bull neck, suggested vigor and capability. Colin Barrett, The New Yorker, 6 Dec. 2021 In that case, the uncompromising presentation of the man’s asymmetrical, wrinkled face and his bull neck reflect Etruscan influence as well as Greek. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 Goliath, with his massive shoulders and bull neck, could easily be taken for a gorilla at first glance. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1697, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bull neck was in 1697

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“Bull neck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bull%20neck. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

bull neck

: a thick short powerful neck
bullnecked adjective
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