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  1. any beverage made with beaten eggs, usually with alcoholic liquor; eggnog.
  2. a strong ale formerly brewed in Norfolk, England.

Origin of nog1

First recorded in 1685–95; origin uncertain


  1. a block of wood, as one inserted into brickwork to provide a hold for nails.
  2. any wooden peg, pin, or block.
  3. Also nogging. one of a number of wooden pieces fitted between the principal timbers of a half-timbered wall.
verb (used with object), nogged, nog·ging.
  1. to fill (a framed wall or partition) with small masonry, as bricks or stones.

Origin of nog2

1605–15; perhaps variant of knag, Middle English knagge spur, peg
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Examples from the Web for nog

Historical Examples

  • Sergeant Hines came up, brought a dozen eggs and we made a nog.

    Memoirs of a Veteran Who Served as a Private in the 60's in the War Between the States</p>

    Isaac Hermann

British Dictionary definitions for nog



  1. Also called: flip a drink, esp an alcoholic one, containing beaten egg
  2. East Anglian dialect strong local beer

Word Origin

C17 (originally: a strong beer): of obscure origin


  1. a wooden peg or block built into a masonry or brick wall to provide a fixing for nails
  2. short for nogging (def. 1)

Word Origin

C17: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for nog


1690s, "old, strong type of beer brewed in Norfolk," of unknown origin. Cf. eggnog.

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