\ ˈō-gər How to pronounce ogre (audio) \

Definition of ogre

1 : a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings : monster
2 : a dreaded person or object

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Other Words from ogre

ogreish \ ˈō-​g(ə-​)rish How to pronounce ogreish (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ogre in a Sentence

The book portrays their father as an ogre who mistreated them. a horror movie filled with ogres and demons of every description

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Besides Shrek being one of the most beloved movies of all time, the ogre was first introduced to audiences on April 22, 2001, almost seven years ago to the day, so perhaps the University of Toledo was celebrating this momentous occasion. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "University of Toledo Campaigns for Shrek to Be Next Mascot," 24 Apr. 2018 The young actor’s sister shared a video of Karras re-enacting, word for word, a scene from the beloved ogre movie during a road trip — and the video rapidly took off on Twitter, going viral over the weekend for Karras’s pitch-perfect voice acting. Raisa Bruner, Time, "People Are Really, Really Obsessed With This Guy's Shrek Impression," 10 July 2018 Folks call Trump an ogre, monster, creature from the lagoon, etc. Courant Community, "Community News For The Stafford Edition," 10 July 2018 Strong-willed Ella sets out to reverse a curse that forces her to do whatever she is told, and discovers ogres, giants, a handsome prince — and her own voice — along the way. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "The Beatles add music to Orlando Rep's 2018-19 season," 11 June 2018 Even though the look is fantastically off-beat, Audrey didn't miss the opportunity inject a healthy dose of glam: A lush application of green glittery eyeshadow and false eyelashes proved to be the perfect companion to her ogre brows. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "Makeup Artist Creates Shrek-Inspired Eyebrow Art," 10 Apr. 2018 Expect plenty of imps, ogres, and trolls and the series rolls on. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Matt Groening's 'Disenchantment,' featuring Wayne's Abbi Jacobson, premieres on Netflix this summer," 23 May 2018 Brian Cavalier, known as Booda, Cliven Bundy’s giant, grizzled, ogre-looking bodyguard, got up. James Pogue, Outside Online, "The Religious Ideology Driving the Bundy Brothers," 14 May 2018 The school tweeted the announcement on Tuesday morning from their official account, issuing the challenge to potentially change their mascot from Rocky the Rocket to the green cartoon ogre. Jenna West, SI.com, "University of Toledo Deleted Tweet About Changing Mascot To Shrek," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ogre

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ogre

French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld

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English Language Learners Definition of ogre

: an ugly giant in children's stories that eats people
: someone or something that is very frightening, cruel, or difficult to deal with


\ ˈō-gər How to pronounce ogre (audio) \

Kids Definition of ogre

1 : an ugly giant of fairy tales and folklore who eats people
2 : a person or object that is frightening or causes strong feelings of dislike

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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