Definition of noggin in English:



  • 1A person's head.

    • ‘Economists will rub their noggins and say they expected it.’
    • ‘There's always the possibility of an unsuspecting flasher getting whacked in the noggin by a purse wielding grandma.’
    • ‘Here, before we even get to the parts that I wanted to talk about, I have to stop, scratch my noggin, spit and ponder a bit.’
    • ‘I'll do a few little things first, and then maybe ease into the big subjects that've been running through my noggin of late.’
    • ‘You know then that within an hour of beginning, it will feel like someone's trying to pop open your noggin with a steamroller.’
    • ‘Freddie has been to the Harvard School of Government, and has brains in his noggin.’
    • ‘Wearing a helmet undoubtedly helps protect your noggin, but allowing Edmonton's new bike helmet legislation to distract us from the real issues may prove to be the biggest threat to the city's cyclists.’
    • ‘But as time passed, the songs never left my noggin, and it's been months now.’
    • ‘In fact, only 10 percent of your heat leaks out via the noggin, says Daniel Sessler, an anesthesiologist at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.’
    • ‘Professors, please understand, our noggins are in your hands, and our brains are yours to shape.’
    • ‘So far we have only had one trip to York District Hospital after he ran head first into the fireplace and got a bruised lump roughly the size of a pickled egg on his noggin.’
    • ‘Put your noggins together because two heads are better than one.’
    • ‘There are wires that can be tripped over, microphones that can electrocute you, flying bottles that can strike you right on the noggin.’
    • ‘You could blow off Jim Phelps' head in one episode and he'd sport a fresh noggin the next week.’
    • ‘Typically the word describes a relatively uncomplicated event, physiologically speaking: just a pain in the noggin.’
    • ‘I want to blog, I really do, but it's been an overwhelming few weeks and I can't get my noggin in order.’
    • ‘These kids have such a collection of knowledge in their noggins that I am constantly in awe.’
    • ‘As every Memory Man knows, the fitter you are the more oxygen can reach the old noggin, which is good for remembering stuff, especially where the gym is.’
    • ‘After so many shots to the noggin, one gets a little punch drunk.’
    • ‘His buddy Manuel volunteered to lend some drama to it by putting a plastic cup of beer on his noggin for a target.’
    • ‘A wiry man, he has an oversize noggin that rides on his lean 145-pound body, so that he vaguely resembles a five-foot-ten-inch sunflower.’
    • ‘He has a nasty bump on his noggin, but if he follows his doctor's orders, he will be fine.’
    • ‘From the shine atop his bald noggin to the curl in his waxed mustache, Perez strikes a remarkable pose when compared to the herds of button-shirted cowboys gathered around him.’
    skull, cranium, crown
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  • 2A small quantity of liquor, typically a quarter of a pint.

    • ‘William Sutton, first licensee of the aptly named Scenic Hotel, was up here in the 1840’s too, running a general store offering everything from lolly sticks to a noggin of wine before the pub was built about 130 years back.’
    • ‘A follower of Airedale Beagles since 1956, he would stop by to enjoy a tot of whisky or a noggin of port before setting off behind the hounds.’


Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘small drinking cup’): of unknown origin.