noog·​ie | \ ˈnu̇-gē How to pronounce noogie (audio) \

Definition of noogie

: 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.

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Who would blow in LeBron James’ ear or give him a playful noogie? Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Whether he's good Lance or bad Lance, he's our Lance," 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, "Car Brands Are Trying Everything To Stay Relevant, Including 2000+HP Boats," 26 Jan. 2018 The outside baseball world might view it as arrogant, but tough noogies. Steve Rosenbloom,, "Theo Epstein just gave non-fans 2 more reasons to hate the Cubs," 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, "Kickin’ it with Kiz: Why the Raiders, not the Chiefs, will always be the NFL team Broncos Country hates best," 6 May 2017

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First Known Use of noogie

1968, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of noogie

US, informal : the act of rubbing your knuckles on a person's head to cause annoyance or slight pain

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