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 The league will incorporate the video into live telecasts to walk viewers through the workings of a breakaway goal or give them a first-person look at what really happens when a goalie takes a 100 mph slap shot to the noggin. Will Egensteiner, Outside Online, 29 Sep. 2014 That plate is temporarily held in place by a metal brace that frames Alexia’s noggin like a halo, or perhaps a crown of thorns; either way, the religious imagery is surely no accident. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Your skull is the Death Star’s trash compactor, and Leia, Luke, Han, and Chewie are your noggin. Erica Lies, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2021 Meanwhile, Shiv, with Logan’s advice banging around her noggin, heads down to ATN to deal with Mark Ravenhead herself. Kevin Sullivan, Robb Report, 7 Nov. 2021 Climb into the Wrangler and tall guys like me might bang their noggin’ on the fat rollbar. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 July 2021 Plus, this sentient silicon implant of a program consistently expands my dusty little noggin. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 24 Oct. 2021 Their stunning Schoenberg cycle subsequently took up residency in my noggin, as well — until the University of Chicago wisely snatched up the French string quartet for the coming season. Hannah Edgar,, 8 Sep. 2021 Be sure to flip, toss and turn your hair so that the volume is nicely created in your noggin. Ashley Abramson, Allure, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of noggin

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for noggin

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“Noggin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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