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ogre

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noun \ˈō-gər\

Simple Definition of ogre

  • : an ugly giant in children's stories that eats people

  • : someone or something that is very frightening, cruel, or difficult to deal with

Full Definition of ogre

  1. 1 :  a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings :  monster

  2. 2 :  a dreaded person or object

ogre·ish play \ˈō-g(ə-)rish\ adjective

Examples of ogre

  1. The book portrays their father as an ogre who mistreated them.

  2. <a horror movie filled with ogres and demons of every description>



Origin of ogre

French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld


First Known Use: 1713

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