from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Architecture A molding between the upper part of a column and the projecting part of the capital.
  • n. Informal The act or practice of amorously kissing and caressing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of neck.
  • n. A behavior among male giraffes where they hold combat for social dominance using their necks as weapons.
  • n. A neckmould.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as neckmold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In arch., the hypophyge or moldings often intervening between the projecting part of the capital of a column and the vertical part or shaft, as the annulets of the Doric capital: often used as a synonym of neck, though strictly a column may have a neck, but no necking. See cuts under capital and column.
  • n. A neckhandkerchief or necktie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
  • n. the molding at the top of a column


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  • It appears for the first time as an architectural decoration in a fragment of sculptured necking from the archaic Temple of

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  • As Groucho noted: "Whoever named it 'necking' was a poor judge of anatomy."

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  • He was interrupted in 'necking' bullets, for they were cast in a mold and left a little protuberance where the run left off.

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  • Little did I imagine that the gathering would turn into a red-hot "necking" party!

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  • A pseudoscientific chart from Sex Respect, a fear-based abstinence curriculum, depicts how male genitalia become aroused during "necking," while female genitalia lag behind until "petting."

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  • Holden Caulfield, the protagonist in J.D. Salinger's 1951 novel "The Catcher in the Rye," never found out what was the matter with old Jane Gallagher, a girl he got close to "necking" one summer in Maine.

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  • The lower court also found that that Crown did not infringe Rexam's beverage can "necking" patent.

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  • We're actually not sure if that 'necking' part was actually in McCartney's answer or not.


  • Or you can throat him real fast and nasty, necking him with a bunch of spit and shit-talking.

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  • "Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy."

    - Groucho Marx.

    December 24, 2007