noun \ˈō-gər\

: 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

:  a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings :  monster
:  a dreaded person or object
ogre·ish \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

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix


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