ogre

noun \ ˈō-gər \

Definition of ogre

1 :a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings :monster
2 :a dreaded person or object

ogreish

play \ˈō-g(ə-)rish\ adjective

Examples of ogre in a Sentence

  1. The book portrays their father as an ogre who mistreated them.

  2. a horror movie filled with ogres and demons of every description

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Origin and Etymology of ogre

French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld

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OGRE Defined for English Language Learners

ogre

noun

Definition of ogre for English Language Learners

  • : an ugly giant in children's stories that eats people

  • : someone or something that is very frightening, cruel, or difficult to deal with


OGRE Defined for Kids

ogre

noun \ ˈō-gər \

Definition of ogre for Students

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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