\ 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 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 Auditions to play Shrek, the big green ogre, the lovely Princess Fiona, and other characters were held in March. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021 The ogre of all icebergs snapped off the Ronne Ice Shelf in Antarctica and is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021 Just like that, thanks to the power of a box-office-topping big green ogre, Frou Frou was back. Rachel Brodsky, Vulture, 19 May 2021 Do people come from far and wide to celebrate their favorite cartoon ogre? Mike Rose, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2020 Trump's attempts to paint him as a socialist ogre about to take us to Stalinism have fallen flat. Arkansas Online, 19 Sep. 2020 Perhaps someday, after the Trump ogre has left the scene, Jeff Bezos and other oligarchs will realize their folly. Joel Kotkin, National Review, 17 Sep. 2020 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, 16 Apr. 2020 Older, wiser, and accompanied by his son, Kratos now slaughters and grunts his way through draugr, ogre, and valkyrie. Popular Science, 13 Apr. 2020

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Ogre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogre. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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