Definition of nape in English:


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Pronunciation: /neɪp


(also nape of the/one's neck)
  • The back of a person’s neck: her hair was coiled demurely at the nape of her neck
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    • He had blue eyes, quite a rounded chin bone and a strawberry-type birthmark on the nape of his neck.
    • I turn my head slightly and ruffle the hair at the nape of my neck where my eight inch pony tail has been shaved to half an inch.
    • I wrapped my arms around him and cried into the hollow of his collar bone, putting my fingers through his hair at the nape of his neck.


Middle English: of unknown origin.

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