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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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 Yes, the Dodgers won the game 5-1 and might continue putting knots on the Padres’ noggin all the way to the All-Star break. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Machado’s ‘bet’ with Dodgers fan shows off new Padres edge," 6 July 2019 Both helmets come with two sets of pads to ensure a good fit no matter the size of your noggin. Cameron Martindell, WIRED, "Buying Guide: The Best Summer Cycling Gear," 13 June 2019 Despite our ongoing obsession with the size of our noggins, the fact is that our intelligence has always been so much bigger than our brain. Quanta Magazine, "How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains," 10 Nov. 2015 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

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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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