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[nek-tahy] /ˈnɛkˌtaɪ/
a band of decorative fabric worn around the neck, under the collar, and tied in front to hang down the front of a shirt or to form a small bow.
any band, scarf, or tie fastened at the front of the neck.
Slang. a hangman's rope.
Origin of necktie
1830-40; neck + tie
Related forms
necktieless, adjective Unabridged
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  • His necktie was loose, and had twisted to one side in the struggle.

  • He paused in the middle of the store and felt of his necktie.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Also he's gone back to the flowin' necktie and is lettin' his hair grow wild again.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • He ties his necktie and pulls down his coat and brushes off the collar.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Miss Drayton kissed her nephew good-morning, straightened his necktie, and smoothed down a rebellious lock of curly dark hair.

    Honey-Sweet Edna Turpin
  • His boots were an epic of despair, his necktie was a tragedy.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • Never make him look silly—any sillier than he can't help looking with that hair and that necktie he will wear.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • O'Mally took the small brilliant from his necktie and contemplated it sadly.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Joe gave a pull at his necktie and a twitch at his jacket, and was off in a moment.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for necktie


the US name for tie (sense 11)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for necktie

1838, from neck (n.) + tie (n.). American English slang necktie party "a lynching" is recorded from 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for necktie



The noose used in a hanging: They'll put a necktie on you (1871+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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