Crew neck

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A crew-neck T-shirt

A crew neck (also spelled crewneck or crew-neck) is a type of shirt or sweater that has a round neckline and no collar and is often worn with other layers.[1][2] The name dates back to 1939 and was named after a type of sweater worn by rowers.[1]

The T-shirt crew neck was developed in 1932 as an undergarment that would absorb sweat and prevent the shoulder pads of American football players from causing chafing. The U.S. Navy was the first of the U.S. armed forces to adopt the crew-neck T-shirt, or "Gob Shirt".[3]


  1. ^ a b "Definition of Crew Neck by Merriam-Webster". Dictionary by Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Sweaters Go Bulky". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 25 August 1957. p. 2. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  3. ^ Kirby, Michael B. (Spring 2008). "90th IDPG History of the T-shirt During WW2". 90th Infantry Division Preservation Group. Retrieved 2 August 2010.