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noggin

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

Origin of noggin

First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain
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  • He engaged Mr. Tooter to be there with his fife, and Mr. Noggin with his drum.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • In the morning Mr. Noggin found that the thief had dropped his hat in his haste.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin

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

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • I feared poor Noggin would be the sufferer, but I could not help that.

    Dick Onslow

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • Noggin eyed them all, however, with perfect coolness and disdain.

    Dick Onslow

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for noggin

noggin

noun
  1. a small quantity of spirits, usually 1 gill
  2. a small mug or cup
  3. an informal word for head (def. 1)

Word Origin

C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for noggin

n.

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.

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