[ nog-uhn ]
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  1. a small cup or mug.

  2. a small amount of alcoholic liquor, usually a gill.

  1. Informal. a person's head.

Origin of noggin

First recorded in 1620–30; origin uncertain

Words Nearby noggin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use noggin in a sentence

  • Virtual electronic brain is to be trusted; brain inside our noggin, and instincts therein, is to be suspected.

  • Watch video of others who took a cream pie to the noggin after Soupy set the standard.

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  • noggin; a small vessel, now understood to hold two glasses; also called naggin.

  • And Flint could have 207 had his noggin without anybody disturbing him, even if the contract read otherwise.

    The Pagan Madonna | Harold MacGrath
  • "There's always a bit of griddle bread or potato cake, and a noggin of milk for a friend," said he.

    The Crock of Gold | James Stephens
  • Maybe he listened, absorbing the meaning and sound of words, trying them out in the silence of his otherwise vacant little noggin.

    The Short Life | Francis Donovan
  • Perched on one of the lower branches of a wayside oak, Will noggin was pointing a shaking finger in the direction he named.

    Berry And Co. | Dornford Yates

British Dictionary definitions for noggin


/ (ˈnɒɡɪn) /

  1. a small quantity of spirits, usually 1 gill

  2. a small mug or cup

  1. an informal word for head (def. 1)

Origin of noggin

C17: of obscure origin

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