[ noo-ning ]
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nounChiefly Inland North.
  1. an interval at noon for rest or food.

  1. a rest or meal at noon.

Origin of nooning

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at noon, -ing1

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

How to use nooning in a sentence

  • He found the trowel under the fence, as Gardener Jim had prophesied, and he worked all day, with a brief nooning at home.

    Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
  • Every man sits down to supper at six, during the summer months, and they have two hours' nooning.

    A California Girl | Edward Eldridge
  • The many-gabled mansion lay fast asleep in the Sabbath nooning.

    The Broken Sword | Dennison Worthington
  • Once a day at least it seemed to tire from its ceaseless flow and to take a nooning spell.

  • Next day, while nooning several miles out from Casper, we heard the whistle of a locomotive.

British Dictionary definitions for nooning


/ (ˈnuːnɪŋ) /

noundialect, mainly US
  1. a midday break for rest or food

  2. midday; noon

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