: a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings : monster
: a dreaded person or object
ogreish 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
Recent Examples on the Web Based on Russian folklore, the story is about a villainous ogre who is confronted by a beautiful, magical bird with flame-like feathers. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 May 2024 Myers has voiced the giant green ogre in several Shrek projects since the original film’s release. Andrew Walsh, EW.com, 21 Apr. 2024 Jared learns a murderous ogre, Mulgarath, is the source of all of Henson’s woes, and that the diabolical monster is after his great-grandfather Arthur Spiderwick’s (Albert Jones) magical field guide, which has been divided up and hidden around the town. Aramide Tinubu, Variety, 19 Apr. 2024 Even as The Spiderwick Chronicles‘ head drifts into the clouds, powered by fantasies of faeries and ogres and witches and dragons, the Roku Channel adventure is undone by the most mundane of missteps: repetitive plotting, lumpy pacing, underdeveloped characters making inexplicable decisions. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2024 Rolling millennials’ gleeful reception toward the seven-foot-tall ogre is nothing less than a testament to the indefatigability of the Shrek franchise itself. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2024 From Banana Popcorn to Blasting Villains, See What's in Store At Shrek’s Swamp Meet, guests will be able to interact with their favorite ogres like Shrek, Princess Fiona as well as their beloved pal Donkey. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 Swamp Snacks: Families can feast like an ogre at this new kiosk, which will serve scrumptious snacks inspired by Shrek, including Shrekzel, Far Far A Waffle, Frozen Ogre, and more. EW.com, 29 Feb. 2024 Spiderwick stars Christian Slater as the ogre Mulgarath and Jack Dylan Grazer as the fairy Thimbletack. Christian Holub, EW.com, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ogre was in 1713

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Cite this Entry

“Ogre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogre. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an ugly giant of fairy tales and folklore that eats people
: a dreaded person or object
ogreish adjective

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