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Unknown, possibly from Yiddish נודזשען (nudzhen, to badger), or possibly from Hebrew נוגות nugot (afflict) (see Eicha/Lamentations 1:3) or possibly via an alteration of nudge, matching the alteration of wedge to wedgie.



noogie (plural noogies)

  1. (slang) An act of putting a person in a headlock and rubbing one's knuckles on the other person's head, often a playful gesture of affection when done lightly.
    • 1987, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 00:06:15

      Marti Page: Mom, is Grandpa Walter going to give me noogies? Susan Page: Of course he's going to give you noogies. He loves giving you noogies. That's how he tells you he loves you. Little Neal Page: Why doesn't he give me noogies? Susan Page: Because you get Indian burns. Little Neal Page: But I prefer noogies.

    • 1991, shooting script of Columbia Pictures' My Girl.
      <Phil then proceeds to give Harry a noogie> HARRY: HEY! WATCH THE HAIR!!"




noogie (third-person singular simple present noogies, present participle noogying, simple past and past participle noogied)

  1. (slang) To perform a noogie on.