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[nog-uh n] /ˈnɒg ən/

a small cup or mug.
a small amount of alcoholic liquor, usually a gill.
Informal. a person’s head.
a small quantity of spirits, usually 1 gill
a small mug or cup
an informal word for head (sense 1)

1620s, “small cup, mug,” later “small drink” (1690s), of unknown origin, possibly related to Norfolk dialectal nog “strong ale.” Informal meaning “head” first attested 1866 in American English.


The head: the psychiatrist after diagnosing his noggin

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[1866+; fr noggin, ”mug,” itself used for ”face”]


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