AskDefine | Define noggin

Dictionary Definition

noggin n : informal terms for a human head [syn: attic, bean, bonce, noodle, dome]

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Origin unknown. (Irish naigín, Scottish Gaelic noigean are from the English.) Compare nog.


rfp US


  1. A small mug, cup or ladle.
  2. A measure equivalent to a gill. Also possibly linked to the phrase “naggin of vodka” (a small bottle of vodka).
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
      I don’t know whether…you…ever…went out to a slight lunch of a bushel of oysters, a dozen or so of bottled ale, and a noggin or two of whiskey to close up with.
  3. The head.


small mug, cup or ladle
  • Dutch: glaasje, druppelglas, } vingerhoed
measure equivalent to a gill
  • Dutch: druppel
  • Dutch: kop

See also


  • OED 2nd edition 1989

Extensive Definition

Noggin may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bean, brain, brow, chump, conk, crown, dome, encephalon, gray matter, head, headpiece, noddle, noodle, organ of thought, pate, poll, ridge, sconce, seat of thought, sensation, sensorium, sensory
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