\ 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

Other Words from ogle


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 Again, hoards of people, including photographers, ogle the car from behind the concrete pit wall. Jim Clash, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 Then the Detroit auto show opened its doors to an iconic black-tie children’s- charity event, and finally to as many as 750,000 local consumers who welcomed the chance to ogle the new stuff their favorite industry was putting out. Dale Buss, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Meredith invites her closest fashion friends and Mary Cosby to ogle the latest lewks. Olivia Crandall, Vulture, 26 Sep. 2021 People ogle at the eye-popping earnings of athletes, rock stars and celebrities. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 This was Amenadiel's episode, but Luci did try to make up for a lifetime of neglect by showering Rory with Christmas gifts and throwing an elaborate rager at Lux, where Auntie Maze has supplied plenty of hot ladies for her niece to ogle. Sara Netzley, EW.com, 10 Sep. 2021 This organizing theme allows Donegan to diffidently remark about the once-hopeful enterprise of shopping malls, where everyone went to ogle and purchase a wide range of goods. Matthew Bourbon, Dallas News, 9 July 2021 And Apple TV will soon release a documentary on her life—hopefully with plenty more real estate to ogle. Jada Jackson, House Beautiful, 23 June 2021 The problem arises when this fantasy is mounted as an upbeat, tidy time capsule, allowing audiences to ogle a version of America that never existed. Los Angeles Times, 22 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 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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“Ogle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogle. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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