ogre

noun
\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web With new, larger variable-geometry turbos heaving into a new engine with a slightly shorter stroke than the 991's version, the assumption may have been for a somewhat more temperamental, nervy, on-edge driving experience in the new ogre. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet: Fast Headroom," 16 Apr. 2020 Older, wiser, and accompanied by his son, Kratos now slaughters and grunts his way through draugr, ogre, and valkyrie. Popular Science, "Mandatory games for your PS4," 13 Apr. 2020 The undefeatable country has already been defeated, less by the virus itself than by a frail healthcare system, decrepit institutions, and a discourse populated by idiots, ogres, and ghouls. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Deranged Push to Get Americans Back to Work," 26 Mar. 2020 Last year, the couple channeled beloved ogres Fiona and Shrek of the Shrek franchise, at Klum’s 19th Annual Halloween Party in New York City. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Heidi Klum's Epic Halloween Transformation Is Underway - See All the Can't Miss Moments!," 31 Oct. 2019 Why not? — Potter is the miserly ogre with a stranglehold on the town of Bedford Falls. John Hirschauer, National Review, "The Impossible Idea," 25 Dec. 2019 Tainted victories go in, sanitised fables come out; sons and daughters of the soil go in, evil ogres come out. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019 An ogre’s van from Catford Dairy contains old-fashioned milk bottles the size of Mathusalem Champagne bottles. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Behind the Scenes of Cats," 19 Dec. 2019 For centuries, students learned Latin by memorizing the writing of the great Roman tyrant and republic-ending ogre Julius Caesar. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Field Guide to Tyranny," 16 Dec. 2019

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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ogre

noun
How to pronounce ogre (audio)

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

ogre

noun
\ 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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