noggin

noggin

[nog-uhn]
noun
1.
a small cup or mug.
2.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor, usually a gill.
3.
Informal. a person's head.

Origin:
1620–30; origin uncertain

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noggin (ˈnɒɡɪn)
 
n
1.  a small quantity of spirits, usually 1 gill
2.  a small mug or cup
3.  an informal word for head
 
[C17: of obscure origin]

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noggin
1630, "small cup, mug," later "small drink" (1693), of unknown origin, possibly related to Norfolk dial. nog "strong ale" (now chiefly in eggnog). Informal meaning "head" first attested 1866 in Amer.Eng.
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