noggin

noun
nog·​gin | \ˈnä-gən \

Definition of noggin 

1 : a small mug or cup

2 : a small quantity (such as a gill) of drink

3 : a person's head

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for noggin

Synonyms

bean, block [slang], dome, head, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noodle, nut [slang], pate, poll

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of noggin in a Sentence

He fell and got a bump on his noggin. watch the lintel above the door, unless you want to bang your noggin

Recent Examples on the Web

Collectively, this work explores the current state of research on this broad question lingering in the back of many minds: what impact do screens have on our brains, especially the developing noggins of everyone from children to young adults? Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 The Omen Mindframe gaming headset offers a first: in-ear cooling for sweaty noggins. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's Omen Mindframe and Omen Obelisk bring special features to PC gaming," 21 Aug. 2018 But the moment that illuminates almost everything about England’s run came in the 30th minute off Maguire’s noggin. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "England Continues Improbable World Cup Run," 7 July 2018 Then Vardy and Rashford force a turnover in Belgium’s end and try to break in 2-on-2, but Rashford’s cross is a touch high, and Vardy only gets a glancing noggin on it. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 Paulo Orlando made the catch and the bird missed Gordon's noggin, so everything turned out fine. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Watch as a bird nearly hit Royals' Alex Gordon in the head during Thursday's game," 8 June 2018 Stop straining your noggin and head to the West Allis A La Carte street festival June 3. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The West Allis A La Carte street festival is June 3," 28 May 2018 Getty Images Please, for a moment, picture Mila Kunis in your noggin. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Guys, Mila Kunis Chopped Off All Her Hair and Looks Unrecognizable," 21 May 2018 The doctors calmly explained that the best way to solve this mystery would be to take a sample from Grady’s noggin. Beth Kassab, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Brain cancer: 60 days to diagnosis," 16 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'noggin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of noggin

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noggin

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about noggin

Dictionary Entries near noggin

nogaku

nogal

Nogales

noggin

nogging

no-go

no-go area

Statistics for noggin

Last Updated

14 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for noggin

The first known use of noggin was in 1588

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for noggin

noggin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of noggin

: a person's head

noggin

noun
nog·​gin | \ˈnä-gən \

Kids Definition of noggin

: a person's head Lefty Lewis rubbed his hand over my head and said, “Look at this noggin …”— Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy

More from Merriam-Webster on noggin

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for noggin

Nglish: Translation of noggin for Spanish Speakers

Comments on noggin

What made you want to look up noggin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!