Pencil-neck: definition from Oxford English Dictionary:
1. That has a long thin neck.
1873 J. S. Bowler Let. 6 July in F. Curtiss-Wedge Hist. Renville Co. (1916): “For stock I have a cow, a Dorking hen, a Buff Cochin and a Pencil-neck Brahma cock.”
2. slang (usually depreciative). Thin, scrawny; weak, effete; (also) excessively studious.
1971 Wall St. Jrnl: “The fans hooted and hissed when he derided his opponent—‘Pencil-Neck Geek! Ya got a neck like a stack of dimes!’— and cheered when he took his lumps.”
1. A long thin neck
2. slang (usually depreciative). An excessively studious or effete person; a person with a poor physique (as exemplified by a thin or scrawny neck); a weakling. Hence as a general term of abuse.
1956 Post-Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho): “Shires has gained local notoriety for his acrid comments about the ‘Western pencilnecks’ and he has even gone to the expense of having special autographed pencils made up depicting a pencil necked person.”
Some other neck phrases:
To neck: (intransitive) To cuddle and kiss
To neck (British informal transitive): To swallow (something, especially a drink)
To get it in the neck: Be severely criticized or punished
A millstone/yolk about/around one’s neck: An extremely difficult or disadvantageous burden or hindrance.
To be up to one’s neck in something: Seriously or busily involved in.
To break one’s neck to do something: Exert oneself to the utmost to achieve something
To have the neck to do something: Have the impudence or nerve to do something.
To put one’s neck on the line: To personally assume or expose oneself to some risk, danger, or responsibility; to imperil oneself or put oneself in harm’s way.
To wring someone’s neck: Used as a threat, but never refers to actually strangling someone.
To win by a neck: To succeed or defeat someone in something by only a very narrow margin.
Neck of the woods: a particular area (from 1780)
To stick one’s neck out (from 1919)
Neck and neck: Level in a race or other competition (from 1799)
A pain in the neck: (from Jan 20, 2017)
Antonym of pencil-neck: see illustration