\ 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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These are huge pieces that help tell the story of an ogre finding love all while saving the day for himself, Fiona, and a group of fairytale creatures. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Building A Set Fit For ‘Shrek’," 22 July 2019 Even further away lies a realm shrouded in mystery, said to be ruled by a cruel tyrant and inhabited by ogres and witches. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "Before Tolkien created hobbits, there were Snergs. And oh, how delightful they were!," 26 June 2019 There are fairies and nymphs, unicorns, harpies, giants, ogres, trolls, Gollums and dragons. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "'Pip-Pip The Dragon' at Howard Community College delivers magic that is out of this world," 14 June 2019 In Africa, there’s a story about a girl freed from the stomach of an ogre who impersonated her brother. Ferris Jabr, Harper's magazine, "The Story of Storytelling," 10 Mar. 2019 The collection spans 300 million light years, stretching both above and below the galactic plane like an ogre hiding behind a lamppost. Quanta Magazine, "Hidden Supercluster Could Solve Milky Way Mystery," 21 Nov. 2017 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

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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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