[ nog-uh n ]
/ ˈnɒg ən /


a small cup or mug.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor, usually a gill.
Informal. a person's head.

Origin of noggin

First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for noggin


/ (ˈnɒɡɪn) /


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

Word Origin for noggin

C17: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for noggin



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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