\ ˈōl How to pronounce ole (audio) \

Definition of ole

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: old reminiscing about the good ole days had a grand ole time saw a big ole snake … "That ole devil still living?"— Mildred D. Taylor … an ole workin man …— George Bernard Shaw … new uses for the good ole potato.— Sheila O'Meara Lowenstein … he didn't lose because of little ole me.— Matt Gurney … the ole switcheroo, a technique whereby a jeweller will replace his infinitesimally smaller rock for your larger one.Elle … what Robb has done for Democrats is win something. And not just any ole something: Virginia.— George F. Will


\ ō-ˈlā How to pronounce olé (audio) \

Definition of olé (Entry 2 of 4)

variants: or oleo-

Definition of ole- (Entry 3 of 4)

: oil oleograph
variants: or less commonly -ol

Definition of -ole (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : chemical compound containing a 5-membered usually heterocyclic ring pyrrole
2 : chemical compound not containing hydroxyl eucalyptol especially in names of etherssafrole

Examples of ole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It was supposed to be Tennessee Williams, the most famous playwright in the land, but ole T.W. got gobsmacked drunk the night before in his hotel room and never got out of bed. Dallas News, "In my commencement speech, I wish for strong leadership from you – to make up for our failings," 29 May 2020 To get started, just make sure the ole Hewlett-Packard can handle the print job. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Build Your Own (Paper) Mercedes G-wagon," 2 Apr. 2020 That pregnancy is something that just spontaneously happens to us without our consent or participation because the basics of biology are just too hard for little ole us. al, "Preventing death by allowing ‘essential’ murder," 1 Apr. 2020 The church Christmas fund his wife was safekeeping is missing, and certain members of the Five Ends Baptist Church of South Brooklyn are beginning to wonder whether ole Deacon Sportcoat might not be responsible. Junot Díaz, New York Times, "James McBride’s ‘Deacon King Kong’ Is a Supercharged Urban Farce Lit Up by Thunderbolts of Rage," 29 Feb. 2020 Gravity Blanket What’s better than being snuggled up in a big ole bear hug? Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 100 most popular things everyone bought this year," 27 Dec. 2019 Not even Little ole Clemson could stop this hurricane of destiny. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A late-night walk down Bourbon Street as NOLA rejoices LSU title," 14 Jan. 2020 In the next lot, Robert Cole was having a jolly ole time preparing an abundance of trees for loading onto customers’ vehicles. John Raby, The Denver Post, "Don’t have a Christmas tree yet? That could cost you," 13 Dec. 2019 There is no major city in SE Ohio, so little ole Athens, a town of 20,000 or so (excluding the college kids), kind of serves as our provincial capital. Josh Will, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: It can't be overstated how Joe Burrow transformed the Southeast Ohio landscape," 10 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ole


circa 1832, in the meaning defined above


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ole


by alteration



Combining form

French olé-, oléo-, from Latin ole-, from oleum — more at oil

Noun combining form

International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin oleum

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“Ole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ole. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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