nounNorth American informal
A hard poke or grind with the knuckles, especially on a person’s head.
- ‘No helmet needed here,’ Krystal teased, giving Sid a noogie with her knuckles.
- The player had the general manager in a headlock at one point, relentlessly giving him noogies.
- But I put him in a headlock and gave him a noogie until he said he was sorry.
1970s: perhaps a diminutive of knuckle.
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