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 But the Taycan's launch control hits harder than the Model S's, smacking us with 1.3 g's of initial acceleration long enough to befog our noggin. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Porsche Taycan Turbo S vs. Tesla Model S Performance: Electric Flattery," 7 Feb. 2020 Ohio State was a double-digit underdog when David, played by Craig Krenzel, was the game's Most Valuable Player, and Ohio State bulls-eyed Miami's noggin for the 2002 title. cleveland, "Ohio State is no David heading into college football playoffs: Bill Livingston," 27 Dec. 2019 There are no artificial intelligence routines running in this robot’s noggin: its actions on the field are controlled by a coach on the sidelines., "The robots are coming, faster than ever - The Boston Globe," 11 Nov. 2019 Somewhere, Bochy was shaking that big ol’ noggin and wondering why the ace card wasn’t played. John Shea,, "Why A.J. Hinch is no Bruce Bochy and Giants are ‘Team of Decade’," 31 Oct. 2019 How many times had Stafford landed on his own noggin? Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press, "Mitch Albom: Matthew Stafford's family crisis puts football in perspective," 8 Sep. 2019 The queen’s noggin doesn’t appear human, and neither do those in many of the other pictures, whose subjects look more like orbs of pulsing energy. Washington Post, "In the galleries: The heady works of Soriano at OAS Art Museum of the Americas," 13 Sep. 2019 The writers launch ’90s jokes right over the heads of the kiddie audience, aiming squarely for the noggins of their parents. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "‘Angry Birds 2’ is chaotic, occasionally thoughtful," 12 Aug. 2019 Keep your noggin sharp through the decades with these brain-boosting tricks: Plan to volunteer. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "The Science of How Your Body Ages," 29 May 2019

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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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The first known use of noggin was in 1588

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21 Feb 2020

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“Noggin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of noggin

informal : a person's head


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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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