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

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, mazard (or mazzard) [chiefly dialect], nob, noddle, noodle, nut [slang], 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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There are hats by iconic London milliner Stephen Jones—in his long career, his creations have graced the noggins of everyone from Princess Diana to Diana Ross, from Boy George to Rihanna. Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Newest Line Is Exactly What Your Closet’s Been Waiting For," 31 May 2019 Meaning what? Meaning an anvil drops — Klonk! — on somebody’s unsuspecting noggin. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’: Pure fun flies by in ‘zip-zap-zop’ fashion," 10 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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