\ ˈō-gəl also ˈä- How to pronounce ogle (audio) , sometimes ˈü-\
ogled; ogling\ ˈō-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ogling (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 ogler (audio) 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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To be sure, there’s precious little to mourn in the death of the kind of ogling soft-core wish-fulfillment fantasies that male directors foisted on viewers for nearly a century. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, "Sex is disappearing from the big screen, and it’s making movies less pleasurable," 7 June 2019 My experience as the only girl in the high-school math club was that the boys were too busy ogling my breasts to ever discuss the problem set. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 Gwyneth Paltrow debuted her engagement ring at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night, and get ready to ogle over it big-time. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "Drool Over Gwyneth Paltrow’s Massive Blue Engagement Ring," 22 Jan. 2018 So many of our Monday nights were spent finding doppelgängers for the contestants, wondering which of our faves would end up in Paradise (or even as the next Bachelor), and ogling at Becca's many elaborate outfits. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Looking Back at Becca Kufrin's Best—and Sparkliest—Bachelorette Looks," 3 Aug. 2018 But what many have missed while ogling her incredible wardrobe is that the prince has long been making a statement of his own with his jewelry — particularly, with his bracelets. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Hidden Meaning Behind Why Prince Harry Always Wears the Same Bracelet," 31 Aug. 2018 But Oura is clearly winning the battle with this silent royal endorsement, gleaming from Harry’s hand to the millions of people ogling the pictures from his official trip Down Under. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Everything you need to know about Prince Harry’s sleep tracker fitness ring," 19 Oct. 2018 In Boston, Williams grew tired of ogling local Instagrammers who seemed to be living her best life: sipping lattes at cute coffee shops, shopping at cute thrift stores, reading cute books. Maggie Bullock, Marie Claire, "Where Did All My Girlfriends Go?," 10 Dec. 2018 Where are the glittering teals and turquoises one ogles from the plane? Teals and aquas can be misused, and turquoise is quicksand for the beginner. Dylan Landis, House Beautiful, "Amanda Lindroth on Decorating Her Home in the Bahamas," 9 June 2012

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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

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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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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