\ ˈō-gəl How to pronounce ogle (audio) also ˈä-, sometimes ˈü- \
ogled; ogling\ ˈō-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ogle (audio) 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 How to pronounce ogle (audio) also  ˈä-​ , sometimes  ˈü-​ \ noun

Synonyms for ogle

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of ogle in a Sentence

Verb 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the blubbering shame of a 17-year-boy who wanted to secretly ogle men in thongs transformed itself into the joy of life with a man as cosmopolitan as anything my teenage self could have ever dreamed of. Richard Villegas Jr., Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2021 On a recent evening, two IT workers stopped to ogle the machinery, and to eat. New York Times, 7 June 2021 The effect is at once spectacular and self-effacing, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the jagged landscape rather than stand back and ogle the architecture. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 3 May 2021 Dip off the main drag for side trips to ogle—or even climb—the postcard spires of Castle Valley and Fisher Towers; a 4.5-mile trail weaves throughout the latter. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 22 Apr. 2021 That something new is a cohesive story in which guests are transported to Jurassic World theme park and get to ogle fearsome dinosaurs. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2021 Think of them like a goodwill offering, a wink-wink-nudge-nudge that urges admissions officers to ogle at the dollar signs and remember the last name of the donor. Lauren Puckett, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Mar. 2021 The restoration of old homes, to some, is merely eye candy — a chance to ogle beautiful spaces with pedigree. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 The art world will not convene in Miami Beach to ogle bananas duct-taped to walls, sip champagne, and enjoy the South Florida sunshine during the first week of December this year. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Princess Leia, the obvious choice, was most recognizable in an ogle-baiting metal bikini. Wired, 18 Nov. 2019 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, 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, 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, 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

Verb and Noun

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

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18 Jun 2021

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“Ogle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogle. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ogle

usually disapproving : 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 How to pronounce ogle (audio) \
ogled; ogling

Kids Definition of ogle

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

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