noog·​ie ˈnu̇-gē How to pronounce noogie (audio)
: the act of rubbing one's knuckles on a person's head so as to produce a mildly painful sensation

Examples of noogie in a Sentence

The boys gave each other noogies.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s right, gentle Jimmy Carter once gave me a noogie for seventeen straight hours. Marc Philippe Eskenazi, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2021 James, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard have the muscle to give the Nuggets a noogie and rub their noses in the paint. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 3 Dec. 2019 Who would blow in LeBron James’ ear or give him a playful noogie? Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, 7 Mar. 2018 But Wagener comes across as a jock, the karate guy from the bad dojo, someone who might at any moment give you a noogie. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 26 Jan. 2018 The outside baseball world might view it as arrogant, but tough noogies. Steve Rosenbloom,, 31 July 2017 Hating the Raiders is the oldest football tradition in Denver, while Broncomaniacs would put the Chiefs in a headlock, give them noogies, then invite them all to Christmas dinner. Yuletide visitor. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 6 May 2017

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noogie was in 1968

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“Noogie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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