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nooning

[noo-ning]
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noun Chiefly Inland North.
  1. noontime.
  2. an interval at noon for rest or food.
  3. a rest or meal at noon.
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Origin of nooning

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at noon, -ing1
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Examples from the Web for nooning

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • "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


British Dictionary definitions for nooning

nooning

noun dialect, mainly US
  1. a midday break for rest or food
  2. midday; noon
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