\ 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 ethers safrole

Examples of ole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Gladys has been described by those who know her as a sweet and gentle little ‘ole lady. The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2021 Subdued and melodic, the ballad really tugs at the ole emotional floodgates. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 21 Apr. 2021 The best gifts for crafters, from at-home pottery to good ‘ole friendship bracelets to DIY candles, will bring a bit of lasting joy to anyone’s holiday season. Sarah Madaus, SELF, 8 Dec. 2020 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, 29 May 2020 To get started, just make sure the ole Hewlett-Packard can handle the print job. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 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, 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, 29 Feb. 2020 Gravity Blanket What’s better than being snuggled up in a big ole bear hug? Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, 27 Dec. 2019

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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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Old World porcupine



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“Ole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ole. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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