nog·​gin | \ ˈnä-gən How to pronounce noggin (audio) \
plural noggins

Definition of noggin

1 : a person's head
2 : a small mug or cup
3 : a small quantity (such as a gill) of drink

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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 Sometimes, the cold water needs to rain down on the noggin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wyoming’s slow pace stuns, fails to stop Aztecs," 11 Mar. 2021 Two species of sea slugs can pop off their heads and regrow their entire bodies from the noggin down, scientists in Japan recently discovered. Harry Baker, Scientific American, "This Sea Slug Can Chop Off its Head and Grow an Entire New Body, Twice," 9 Mar. 2021 Instead, a franchise record number of 3-pointers (28) is dropped on the noggin of the Hornets. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: The Jazz pull off what only great teams can. They defy the basketball gods.," 23 Feb. 2021 Then your noggin’s face- and color-recognition unit, the fusiform gyrus, puts it into context. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "Why some people hear colors and taste words," 27 Dec. 2020 If protein shakes and other healthy mid-day treats are on your noggin in the new year, having the right blender on hand will be crucial. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Monday," 26 Jan. 2021 Incredulous, Windler looked back at the closest official and then another, pointing to his noggin and jogging back on defense with a quizzical look on his face. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "J.B. Bickerstaff wants more respect for Cleveland Cavaliers: ‘It’s hard to overcome the champs plus’," 26 Jan. 2021 An amnesiac father seeks out a scientist who can help him get his memories back but unlocks something else knocking around in his noggin. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Need a holiday escape? 100 entertaining movies from 2020 you still have time to stream," 21 Dec. 2020 This helmet uses Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology, which protects the brain from rotational forces by allowing the inner layer that contacts your noggin to slide around within the helmet shell itself. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Black Friday Deals on Fitness and Outdoor Gear," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of noggin

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for noggin

origin unknown

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2 Apr 2021

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“Noggin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of noggin

informal : a person's head


nog·​gin | \ ˈnä-gən How to pronounce noggin (audio) \

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

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