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[nog-uh n] /ˈnɒg ən/
a small cup or mug.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor, usually a gill.
Informal. a person's head.
Origin of noggin
1620-30; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • The noggin, without the adjective, occurs at a few places in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

  • I walked up to it, bashed it firmly on the noggin, and it died.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • When you get a notion in that noggin, it doesn't come out easily.

    The Flaming Mountain Harold Leland Goodwin
  • They were dragging noggin on, but he evidently delayed them as much as possible.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • This gave us the greatest concern, because if once they reached it we could scarcely hope to rescue noggin from their power.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • Short and noggin seemed perfectly satisfied with his answers.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
  • Here's a noggin' iv whisky near ye'er thumb an' a good seegar f'r ye to smoke.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy Finley Peter Dunne
  • Laban, after noggin had spoken, stood for a minute or two in an attitude of reflection.

    Dick Onslow W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for noggin


a small quantity of spirits, usually 1 gill
a small mug or cup
an informal word for head (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for noggin

1620s, "small cup, mug," later "small drink" (1690s), of unknown origin, possibly related to Norfolk dialectal nog "strong ale." Informal meaning "head" first attested 1866 in American English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for noggin



The head: the psychiatrist after diagnosing his noggin

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[1866+; fr noggin, ''mug,'' itself used for ''face'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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