From Middle English nekke, nakke, from Old English hnecca, *hnæcca, from Proto-Germanic *hnakkô, from Proto-Indo-European *knog-, *kneg-. Cognate with Scots nek, North Frisian neek, neeke, Nak, Saterland Frisian Näkke, West Frisian nekke, Dutch nek, German Low German Nack, German Nacken, Danish nakke, Swedish nacke, Icelandic hnakki, Tocharian A kñuk. Possibly a mutated variant of *kneug/k (compare Old English hnocc, Welsh cnwch, Latvian knaūķis. nek. More at nook. Displaced halse and swire.
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