One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounalso nape of the neck
The back of a person's 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.’
- ‘Her hair was done in a ponytail and brushed the nape of her neck with each step she took.’
- ‘She ran her hand slowly down my back from the nape of my neck.’
- ‘Lavender oil rubbed into the wrists or onto the nape of the neck has a calming effect.’
- ‘I had goose bumps along my arms and I could feel the hairs on the nape of my neck standing up.’
- ‘Her hair was swept back leaving a few wild tendrils hanging before her eyes and by the nape of her neck.’
- ‘Her grayish brown hair was pulled back in a bun at the nape of her neck and her green eyes stared outside.’
- ‘The woman's back was towards her, the red hair tied back in a loose tail at the nape of her neck.’
- ‘He had a pale, pointed face and long, brown hair pulled back at the nape of his neck.’
- ‘His hand trailed to the nape of her neck and intertwined with her long black hair.’
- ‘I pulled it back in a ponytail at the nape of my neck and decided I'd fight with it later.’
- ‘Asian men prize the nape of the neck while Europeans are unique in their fixation on the waist.’
- ‘His long, black hair was back in a ponytail at the nape of his neck - as it always was.’
- ‘Take the idea further and weave beaded strands into the hair from the roots back to the nape of the neck.’
- ‘Try applying conditioner from the roots to the tips and pull your hair softly into a ponytail at the nape of the neck.’
- ‘He had blue eyes, quite a rounded chin bone and a strawberry-type birthmark on the nape of his neck.’
- ‘A muted feeling of horror filled his head and the hairs on the nape of his neck rose.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘She ended up wearing her hair tied back at the nape of her neck in a simple knot.’
- ‘She had her jet black hair tied back at the nape of her neck with a sample of the same cord around her waist.’
Middle English: of unknown origin.
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