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

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WeWork tries to put rouge on this ogre by stating that in a downturn, after all, the cost of leases and construction will be lower. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: WeWork carries Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn’ craze to its absurd limits," 12 Sep. 2019 In the fifth episode of the new season: double doctors, right-wing ogres, and Richard II. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "‘Succession’ Recap, S2E5: Money Wins," 9 Sep. 2019 Winning is the only concept that can permeate their psychological crusts; winning, for the Roy children, is also almost impossible given their avaricious, impulsive ogre of a father. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 They were characterized as ogres defending rape and the patriarchy. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: In her book on Justice Brett Kavanaugh, ‘Justice on Trial,’ Mollie Hemingway warns of things to come," 8 Aug. 2019 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

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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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Dictionary Entries near ogre

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Ogooué

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ogress

Ogygian

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ogre

noun

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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