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[noo g-ee] /ˈnʊg i/
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 of noogie
1975-80; apparently expressive alteration of knuckle; see -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Contemporary definitions for noogie

an aggressive poke or rub with the knuckles on another's head (etc.) as a gesture of affection or annoyance; also written nugie , nuggie

Word Origin

based on noggin, popularized by TV show Saturday Night Live

Usage Note

slang; noogie v's 21st Century Lexicon
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Slang definitions & phrases for noogie



A painful rubbing of the scalp with the knuckles; dutch rub: Tomashek was probablythefirstchallengerinheavyweight history whose most effective tactic was a noogie (1960s+ Teenagers)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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