\ ˈō-gəl How to pronounce ogle (audio) also ˈä-, 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

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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 In the behind-the-scenes mayhem, dog fans can pet the prize pups, chat with owners and handlers and ogle the impressive grooming practices. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Siba the Standard Poodle Wins the 2020 Westminster Dog Show With a Regal Attitude," 12 Feb. 2020 The real-life Ailes allegedly preferred his anchors to have long legs meant to be ogled on-air through translucent desks, large breasts, and very often, blonde hair — though Fox did and does have successful non-blonde anchors, too. Avery Stone, refinery29.com, "Bombshell‘s Oscar-Winning Hairstyles Told A Bigger Story About Fox News," 9 Feb. 2020 After all had their chance to ogle the new jewels, dinner was served by candlelight. Vogue, "Stella Tennant and Delfina Delettrez Celebrate Dover Street Market’s Collaboration With the Diamond Foundry," 5 Mar. 2019 Everyone from Britain's royal family to Hollywood's rich and famous now shares their greetings online for all to ogle. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Christmas cards are here! Festive greetings from Duchess Meghan, Kim Kardashian and more," 24 Dec. 2019 Yes, Graham included little LEGO people ogling it with little LEGO iPhones. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Leaning Tower of Dallas survived demolition to become city's accidental Instagram star," 21 Feb. 2020 Whereas Ayer’s camera ogled Robbie’s behind, Yan’s concentrates on her face, which can turn from sweet to salty in an instant. Time, "Birds of Prey Proves the Feminist Revolution in Franchise Films Is Going to Be an Uphill Battle," 6 Feb. 2020 Between ogling the mountains and curious rock deposits, keep an eye out for the easy-to-miss turnoff for the Roadrunner Trail on the left. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Every great thing about the Sonoran Desert is on display in this easy hike," 15 Jan. 2020 The glass slowly rolls down, revealing two young boys who had been ogling her. Maria Cramer, BostonGlobe.com, "In a long history of sexist ads and outrage, it’s the apology that’s new," 1 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Princess Leia, the obvious choice, was most recognizable in an ogle-baiting metal bikini. Wired, "Everybody Loves Rey, a Star Wars Story," 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, "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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The first known use of ogle was circa 1668

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ogle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogle. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce ogle (audio)

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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