\ˈō-gəl also ˈä-, sometimes ˈü-\
ogled; ogling\ ˈō-​g(ə-​)liŋ also  ˈä-​, sometimes  ˈü-​ \

Definition of ogle 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to glance with amorous invitation or challenge He was tempted to ogle at young ladies.

transitive verb

1 : to eye amorously or provocatively He sat at the bar ogling several women.

2 : to look at especially with greedy or interested attention we ogled the chocolate confections— Ann K. Ludwig



Definition of ogle (Entry 2 of 2)

: an amorous or coquettish glance

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ogler \ ˈō-​g(ə-​)lər also  ˈä-​, sometimes  ˈü-​ \ noun

Synonyms for ogle

Synonyms: Verb

leer (at)

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Examples of ogle in a Sentence


He sat at the bar, ogling several women. He ogled the new cars on the lot. I was ogling the dessert menu before my meal even arrived.
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Visiting families can marvel at the feather- and bead-work of native Hawaiian textiles, ogle at replicas of voyaging canoes, and marvel at detailed explanations of elaborate creation myths. Matt Villano, Sunset, "Our Guide to Visiting Hawaii with Kids," 22 Jan. 2018 Several of the essays center on Hodson’s feelings about the objectification and commodification of her body — while modeling, while running outdoors and while working at FedEx, where a customer ogled her daily. Maddie Crum, The Seattle Times, "What is a woman’s body worth in America?," 25 June 2018 But as long as the business model remains profitable and men dehumanize women, Hooters will continue operating as a place where men can ogle women in low cut shirts and short-shorts. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "It’s Time for Hooters to GTFO," 23 June 2018 Those in the industry tell of being ogled, business outings by male colleagues to strip joints or more subtle issues, such as desk locations at dealerships that make sales less likely. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Strip joints, stupidity: Boys club lingers in the car business," 14 June 2018 While many descend upon Fiesta Island during the tournament to howl at the team names, ogle Miss Emerson candidates and consume beer, there are athletes — many of them — who take the softball seriously. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego couple puts it all on the line for Over-The-Line," 13 July 2018 While everyone was ogling at all the symbolism at the Met Gala last night, Kirsten Dunst welcomed her first cherub with fiancé Jesse Plemons. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons Welcome Their First Child," 8 May 2018 Otherwise, there is port to drink (in Porto), pottery to purchase (Lagoa), monasteries to ogle (Lisbon), volcanoes to scale (Capelinhos on Faial Island), and whales to watch (Pico Island). Ashlea Halpern, The Cut, "12 Epic, All-Inclusive Honeymoon Itineraries," 11 Apr. 2018 For the vast majority of the American population not close enough to Swift’s thumping heart to garner an invitation, ogling her guests, their matching bathing suits, and their nearly identical figures became part of the national holiday. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Taylor Swift Skips Another Fourth Of July Party," 3 July 2018

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The ogle-worthy fashion is aplenty, and yet the beauty equation takes a simpler route: faces stripped back and completely free of makeup; hair cut pixie-short, swept back into a bun, or hanging long and loose. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Phoebe Philo’s Final Beauty Message at Céline: Come As You Are," 2 May 2018 That shifting landscape partly explains the decision on the part of the filmmakers and the video-game designers to cut down on the ogle factor. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Alicia Vikander makes a persuasive Lara Croft in the new-and-somewhat-improved 'Tomb Raider'," 14 Mar. 2018 Buy, sell, and trade kicks at this bonkers event at the Anaheim Convention Center, where more than 250 vendors and over 100,000 pairs of sneaks will be on ogle-able. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 5 Most Interesting Things to Do In L.A. This Weekend," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of ogle


1682, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ogle


probably from Low German oegeln, from oog eye; akin to Old High German ouga eye — more at eye


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English Language Learners Definition of ogle

: to look at (someone) in a way that shows sexual attraction

: to look at (something) in a way that suggests strong interest or desire


\ˈō-gəl \
ogled; ogling

Kids Definition of ogle

: to look at in a way that suggests unusual interest or desire

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