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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Norse hnakki, from Proto-Germanic *hnakkô.

Origin of the slang sense is uncertain. May be derived from the meat sense, in connection with skinka (ham), which is also used in a similar slang sense, or it may refer to the associated hairstyle (popular between 2005 and 2010) in which the only the hair of the back of the head points outwards.


hnakki m (genitive singular hnakka, nominative plural hnakkar)

  1. nape of the neck, back of the head
  2. shoulder (meat behind an animals head, e.g. on a pig or fish)
  3. (slang, derogatory) a stereotypical grouping of superficial juveniles associated with sport, fitness and tanning, that often bleach their hair and dress fashionably, somewhat similar to a jock. Used primarily between 2005 and 2010.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

See hnakkur.


hnakki m

  1. indefinite dative singular of hnakkur

Old Norse[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *hnakkô. Compare Old English hnecca ( > Modern English neck), Dutch nek, German Nacken.


hnakki m

  1. nape of the neck


  • Icelandic: hnakki
  • Faroese: nakki
  • Norwegian: nakke
  • Old Swedish: nakke
  • Old Danish: nakkæ


  • hnakki”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press