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[noo-ning] /ˈnu nɪŋ/
noun, Chiefly Inland North.
an interval at noon for rest or food.
a rest or meal at noon.
Origin of nooning
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at noon, -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for nooning
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  • The hour of mid-day arrives, and they stop for the "nooning."

    Crossing the Plains, Days of '57 William Audley Maxwell
  • We stopped for a nooning near a grove of trees by the river-side.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 7 Charles H. Sylvester
  • "Just after the nooning," said the Muggletonian, and began to curse.

    Prisoners of Hope Mary Johnston
  • When the drum beat for the nooning the roll was close in my ears.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • Would it not be well for him to fish here, that they might be sure of trout at their nooning?

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • We stopped for a nooning near a grove of trees by the river side.

    The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman, Jr.
  • At the nooning Carlisle and Cecil will bring me the opinions of the captains, land and sea.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • "At the nooning he was safe enough," pursued the other, with agitation.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
  • Every street is as packed as lower Fifth Avenue used to be when the operatives came out of the big shops for their nooning.

    The Daughter of the Storage William Dean Howells
  • We were nooning at Plum Creek, the cattle spread out over the prairie to graze in charge of two herders.

    An Autobiography of Buffalo Bill (Colonel W. F. Cody) Buffalo Bill (William Frederick Cody)
British Dictionary definitions for nooning


noun (dialect, mainly US)
a midday break for rest or food
midday; noon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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