One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hard poke or grind with the knuckles, especially on a person's head.
- ‘It was during this moment of optimism that a four-hundred-pound brute of a man jumped Robby from behind, forced him into a headlock and proceeded to give him a noogie.’
- ‘Slade put Alek in a head-lock and gave him a noogie.’
- ‘But I put him in a headlock and gave him a noogie until he said he was sorry.’
- ‘After his manager and the head of HR berated him for the next 30 minutes for poor judgment, I felt like putting him in a headlock and giving him a noogie on his noggin.’
- ‘They all laughed harder and Shaun pulled Paige under his arm giving her a hard noogie on the head.’
- ‘Then Cam did something only a ‘brother’ would do, he actually tried to give me a noogie.’
- ‘‘No helmet needed here,’ Krystal teased, giving Sid a noogie with her knuckles.’
- ‘I playfully punched him back, and he put me in an arm lock and gave me a noogie.’
- ‘Then, quick as lightning, he had her in a headlock and gave her a noogie.’
- ‘He reached down and wrapped her arm around my neck and used his other hand to give me a noogie.’
- ‘Grabbing Eirian and getting her in a headlock, she began giving her a massive noogie.’
- ‘He laughed at my stupidity, tackled me and gave me a noogie.’
- ‘It was about this time that he put my head into a headlock and gave me a noogie.’
- ‘‘Blackmail, my dear,’ Ford said, pulling her close and giving her a noogie.’
- ‘The player had the general manager in a headlock at one point, relentlessly giving him noogies.’
- ‘Jared grabbed Jay in a headlock and gave him a gentle noogie.’
- ‘I noted this observation with a loud guffaw of laughter as Ross got Tom in a noogie, the pair both laughing hard as Ross rubbed Tom's head with his knuckles.’
- ‘Aaron smiled more and got his brother in a quick headlock, giving him a noogie.’
- ‘Emil laughed as Lionel tried to give him a noogie.’
- ‘He gave me a noogie (and a very painful one at that) and then poked so much fun at me, I almost smacked him also.’
1970s: perhaps a diminutive of knuckle.
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