English - Etymology
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.
English - Noun
(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.
- 1987, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, 00:06:15