\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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From there, Harry and Meghan have ogled at babies and Meghan even opened up about the side effects of pregnancy with fans on Bondi Beach. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Referenced His Baby With Meghan Markle During His Invictus Games Speech," 21 Oct. 2018 Ever ogled that bizarrely brilliant poufy-sleeve plaid maxidress, or perhaps this green polka-dot wrap number? Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "How Ganni Came to Dictate Everything You Want to Wear Right Now," 10 Oct. 2018 Meg, her little brother, and a random classmate from school who ogles her throughout the film are on a mission to find her father who is lost in space. Alisha Acquaye, GQ, "How Janelle Monáe (and Black Panther) Travel Through Time and Space," 2 May 2018 And, if reactions to Sunday’s Globes are an indication, audiences want to see women at awards shows for reasons that run far deeper than ogling pretty dresses. Cara Buckley, New York Times, "Oscars So Awkward? Trying to Top the Globes Won’t Be Easy," 10 Jan. 2018 Red carpet season is just starting, and what could be more fun than ogling all of the gorgeous frocks? Julia Malacoff, Redbook, "People's Choice Awards: Trend Roundup," 12 Jan. 2012 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

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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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