from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small mug or cup.
  • n. A unit of liquid measure equal to one quarter of a pint.
  • n. Slang The human head.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small mug, cup or ladle.
  • n. A measure equivalent to a gill. Also possibly linked to the phrase “naggin of vodka” (a small bottle of vodka).
  • n. The head.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small mug or cup.
  • n. A measure equivalent to a gill.
  • n. The head (of a person).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A vessel of wood; also, a mug or similar vessel of any material.
  • n. The contents of such a vessel; a small amount of liquor, as much as might suffice for one person.
  • n. One end of a keg that has been sawn into halves, used for various purposes on shipboard.
  • n. The head; the noddle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. informal terms for a human head


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown. (Irish naigín, Scottish Gaelic noigean are both from English.) Compare nog. (Wiktionary)



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