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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-

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

: to eye amorously or provocatively
He sat at the bar ogling several women.
: to look at especially with greedy or interested attention
we ogled the chocolate confectionsAnn K. Ludwig
ˈō-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce ogle (audio)
 also  ˈä-
 sometimes  ˈü-


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: an amorous or coquettish glance

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
For years, Dwayne Johnson has shared pictures of his over-the-top cheat meals but his favorite dish isn’t just something to ogle on Instagram anymore. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023 But remotely, architecture buffs have been ogling photos of their home — one of the blocky, white-and-gray mansions designed in the 1980s and 1990s by the modernist Myron Goldfinger, who died last month at age 90. Adriane Quinlan, Curbed, 22 Aug. 2023 Stacy is busy planning her bat mitzvah and ogling over her crush, Andy Goldfarb. Mckinley Franklin, Variety, 10 Aug. 2023 None of the men ogling you give a s— about you either, do not be fooled. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 In 2017 a workplace lawsuit alleged that male security officers at the Oceanside rail station routinely used security cameras’ zoom functions to ogle unsuspecting female passengers’ bodies and to read peoples’ text messages over their shoulders. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Aug. 2023 Visitors can ogle the sheet metal, hear Chicago DJs and sample offerings from food vendors. Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2023 Here, women aren’t respected, let alone placed on polymer pedestals; they’re ogled, objectified, sidelined and worse. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2023 The initial chaos gave way to a festive environment, with residents gathering in Rostov-on-Don’s center to ogle at the Russian mercenaries. Dalton Bennett, Washington Post, 25 June 2023
These one-percenters gather here to display, commune with, ogle, and bitchily judge one another's irreplaceable vintage automobiles. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 12 Aug. 2023 Through an unblinking black eyeball, a 20-foot-high scarlet octopus ogles my lunch. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 25 July 2023 The other two ogle a 2-inch Peter Venkman. Amy Paturel, M.s., Good Housekeeping, 18 Aug. 2020 Maybe not the happiest scene, but the gallery itself is always filled with ogle-worthy art, and is free to enter at 508 W. 26th St, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Find unique gifts and ogle holiday decorations festooning Pearl, the riverside stay-play-dine district on the site of the former Pearl Brewery founded in 1883. Robin Soslow, Chron, 17 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


1682, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ogle was circa 1668

Dictionary Entries Near ogle

Cite this Entry

“Ogle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogle. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


 also  ˈäg-
ogled; ogling
: to look at in a flirting way or with unusual attention or desire
ogle noun

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