: having a neck especially of a specified kind
often used in combination

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Color Tiger Red, While, Black Size XS—L Tempt Me One Piece Swimsuit A sheer central panel adds plenty of va-va-voom to this high-necked swimsuit. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 24 Mar. 2023 Over that electronic polyphony, accompanists on period instruments, including the theorbo (a long-necked lute), improvised sometimes plangent, sometimes dissonant improvisations. Jason Farago, New York Times, 21 Mar. 2023 Reports featured a red-necked grebe in Gardner, four continuing sandhill cranes in Hardwick, two dickcissels in Uxbridge, and two Connecticut warblers at the Westborough Wildlife Area in Westborough. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Sep. 2021 The tie neck of this simple silhouette adds interest without showing a ton of skin—perfect for those who prefer a high-necked style. Town & Country, 23 Feb. 2023 Wednesday's style has stayed remarkably consistent from the original TV show: Two pigtail braids, a high-necked collar, and a surly vibe. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 10 Dec. 2022 And after all that, Louis and Claudia only almost kill Lestat, leaving his gash-necked corpse out for the morning garbage pick-up. Darren Franich, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2022 Negga variously wears fur and a chemise and a high-necked cheongsam and a golden evening gown. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 29 Apr. 2022 Over the years, the obsessive search for a long-necked, dinosaur-looking aquatic creature has turned up only doctored photographs, murky water, and movie props. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of necked was in the 14th century

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“Necked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/necked. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

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