ogre

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noun \ˈō-gər\

Definition of ogre

  1. 1 :  a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings :  monster

  2. 2 :  a dreaded person or object

ogreish

play \ˈō-g(ə-)rish\ adjective

Examples of ogre in a Sentence

  1. The book portrays their father as an ogre who mistreated them.

  2. a horror movie filled with ogres and demons of every description

Origin and Etymology of ogre

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


First Known Use: 1713

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OGRE Defined for English Language Learners

ogre

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noun \ˈō-gər\

Definition of ogre for English Language Learners

  • : an ugly giant in children's stories that eats people

  • : someone or something that is very frightening, cruel, or difficult to deal with


OGRE Defined for Kids

ogre

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noun \ˈō-gər\

Definition of ogre for Students

  1. 1 :  an ugly giant of fairy tales and folklore who eats people

  2. 2 :  a person or object that is frightening or causes strong feelings of dislike



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