\ 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

Other Words from ogre

ogreish \ ˈō-​g(ə-​)rish How to pronounce ogre (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
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of people gathered at Humboldt Park in Bay View on Saturday to celebrate their favorite ogre and the movie carrying his name — Shrek. Shrekfest started out as a joke and has grown into an event attended by people from around the world. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 4 Sep. 2022 The original film, released in 2001, follows Shrek the ogre (Mike Myers) whose swamp becomes overrun by fairy tale creatures cast out by Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 21 July 2022 Large cardboard cutouts of the ogre of the hour were also sprinkled throughout, including one that became slightly crumpled at the base after someone used it for selfies and to twerk against. New York Times, 16 July 2022 What kid hasn't daydreamed about a transformation of their ho-hum life, pining to see an ogre in the halls or a ghost in the bathroom? A.a. Dowd, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 Shrek Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. Travis Bean, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Students from Glenbrook North and South High Schools will combine their talents to share the tale of a hermetic green ogre who is forced to venture into the world with surprising results. Myrna Petlicki, Chicago Tribune, 25 Apr. 2022 Those include: Shrek — A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. Andy Meek, BGR, 3 Mar. 2022 After Wayne's World, Myers starred in the Austin Powers trilogy and voiced ogre Shrek, which his kids only somewhat understand. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Ogre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogre. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for ogre


\ 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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