\ ˈōl How to pronounce ole (audio) \

Definition of ole

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: old reminiscing about the good ole days had a grand ole time saw a big ole snake … "That ole devil still living?"— Mildred D. Taylor … an ole workin man …— George Bernard Shaw … new uses for the good ole potato.— Sheila O'Meara Lowenstein … he didn't lose because of little ole me.— Matt Gurney … the ole switcheroo, a technique whereby a jeweller will replace his infinitesimally smaller rock for your larger one.Elle … what Robb has done for Democrats is win something. And not just any ole something: Virginia.— George F. Will


\ ō-ˈlā How to pronounce olé (audio) \

Definition of olé (Entry 2 of 4)

variants: or oleo-

Definition of ole- (Entry 3 of 4)

: oil oleograph
variants: or less commonly -ol

Definition of -ole (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : chemical compound containing a 5-membered usually heterocyclic ring pyrrole
2 : chemical compound not containing hydroxyl eucalyptol especially in names of ethers safrole

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To put it in perspective, cosmetic chemist Ginger King compares ginseng to good ole coffee. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why You’re Seeing Ginseng in So Many Korean Skin-Care Products Right Now," 8 Mar. 2019 Go back to the good ole days and lay flat or hang to dry. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Electric Blankets to Keep You Warm and Cozy All Night Long," 29 Nov. 2018 Simply mix and pour, and then cover your batter with a big ole handful of candy before throwing 'em in the oven. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "This Is the Most Popular Christmas Cookie Recipe on Pinterest This Year," 7 Nov. 2018 He’s squeezed the ole standby lying-to-investigators plea out of a few targets. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "Doubling Down on Mueller," 15 Nov. 2018 According to SF Gate, ole Joe, real name Henry Sintay, was arrested Monday on suspicion of first-degree robbery after being accused of stealing a phone from a man who confronted and filmed him a day later at the same lake. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "White Man Who Trashed Homeless Black Man’s Belongings Arrested on Suspicion of 1st-Degree Robbery," 13 June 2018 Again, this ultimately results in weight gain and renders the cleanse a big ole waste of time and money. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Why Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest’s iZO Superfood Cleanse Is B.S., According to a Nutritionist," 7 June 2018 Cedar Point is cooking up some family-friendly summer fun with a good ole hootenanny this weekend. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Cedar Point to unveil custom beer at barbecue fest," 6 June 2018 At least something is acting right, ole reliable ball of gas millions of miles away. Alise Leslie, The Root, "Champion," 1 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ole


circa 1832, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ole


by alteration



Combining form

French olé-, oléo-, from Latin ole-, from oleum — more at oil

Noun combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin oleum

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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