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ˈō-gəl How to pronounce ogle (audio)
 also  ˈä-,
 sometimes  ˈü-
ogled; ogling ˈō-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce ogle (audio)
 also  ˈä-,
 sometimes  ˈü-

intransitive verb

: to glance with amorous invitation or challenge
He was tempted to ogle at young ladies.

transitive verb

: to eye amorously or provocatively
He sat at the bar ogling several women.
: to look at especially with greedy or interested attention
we ogled the chocolate confectionsAnn K. Ludwig
ˈō-g(ə-)lər How to pronounce ogle (audio)
 also  ˈä-
 sometimes  ˈü-


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: an amorous or coquettish glance

Example Sentences

Verb He sat at the bar, ogling several women. He ogled the new cars on the lot. I was ogling the dessert menu before my meal even arrived.
Recent Examples on the Web
So, get ready to explore the Golden Triangle, stroll down Rodeo Drive and ogle the towering palm trees in the Flats. Devorah Lev-tov, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2023 Fans of the movie about friends who try and save a family home have been making tracks to ogle locations in Astoria, including the Astoria home featured in the film. oregonlive, 24 Jan. 2023 Go back for lunch and ogle the hot and cold sandwich board. Amanda Faison, Outside Online, 6 Jan. 2023 Swarms of bird fanciers have been flocking to a west Orange County neighborhood to ogle a snowy owl. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2022 Aside from many works of art to ogle at, the hotel also offers an Arctic King Crab fishing excursion, a tour of the Northern Lights via huskies, and the opportunity to pet real-life reindeer. Isis Briones, House Beautiful, 18 Aug. 2022 Soon, the Long Island Sound broadened, and the plane veered away from the shoreline, offering little for a real-estate voyeur to ogle. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 There, amid leafy branches, two adolescent boys ogle her. Lesley Finn, Longreads, 7 July 2022 New Bond Street galleries can also ogle 50 glittering tiaras, on loan from aristocratic families across Europe. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2022
Maybe not the happiest scene, but the gallery itself is always filled with ogle-worthy art, and is free to enter at 508 W. 26th St, Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2021 Find unique gifts and ogle holiday decorations festooning Pearl, the riverside stay-play-dine district on the site of the former Pearl Brewery founded in 1883. Robin Soslow, Chron, 17 Nov. 2021 Princess Leia, the obvious choice, was most recognizable in an ogle-baiting metal bikini. Wired, 18 Nov. 2019 The ogle-worthy fashion is aplenty, and yet the beauty equation takes a simpler route: faces stripped back and completely free of makeup; hair cut pixie-short, swept back into a bun, or hanging long and loose. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, 2 May 2018 That shifting landscape partly explains the decision on the part of the filmmakers and the video-game designers to cut down on the ogle factor. Justin Chang, latimes.com, 14 Mar. 2018 Buy, sell, and trade kicks at this bonkers event at the Anaheim Convention Center, where more than 250 vendors and over 100,000 pairs of sneaks will be on ogle-able. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, 21 July 2017 See More

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Word History


Verb and Noun

probably from Low German oegeln, from oog eye; akin to Old High German ouga eye — more at eye

First Known Use


1682, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


circa 1668, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ogle was circa 1668

Dictionary Entries Near ogle

Cite this Entry

“Ogle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ogle. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


 also  ˈäg-
ogled; ogling
: to look at in a flirting way or with unusual attention or desire
ogle noun

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