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

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Synonyms for noggin


bean, block [slang], dome, head, noddle, noodle, pate, poll

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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

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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,, "Brain cancer: 60 days to diagnosis," 16 May 2018 There were also numerous halos, hats and whatever was flying around Frances McDormand’s noggin. Stephanie Petit,, "Chrissy Teigen Is Mad She Couldn't Attend Met Gala — Mainly Because of This Trending Accessory," 8 May 2018 With its painted-on eyebrows, somber expression and wavy brown hair peeking through its tattered bandages, the mummy’s noggin brought viewers face-to-face with a mystery. New York Times, "The F.B.I. and the Mystery of the Mummy’s Head," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of noggin

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for noggin

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no-go area

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The first known use of noggin was in 1588

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English Language Learners Definition of noggin

: a person's head


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

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