noogie

noogie

[noog-ee]
noun Slang.
a light blow or jab, usually to a person's head, back, or upper arm and accompanied by a twisting motion, with the extended knuckle of the curled-up second or third finger: done as a gesture of affection or painfully as a prank.
Also, nuggie, nugie.


Origin:
1975–80; apparently expressive alteration of knuckle; see -y2

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Main Entry:  noogie
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an aggressive poke or rub with the knuckles on another's head (etc.) as a gesture of affection or annoyance; also written nugie, nuggie
Etymology:  based on noggin, popularized by TV show Saturday Night Live
Usage:  slang; noogie v
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