- large spectacles equipped with special lenses, protective rims, etc., to prevent injury to the eyes from strong wind, flying objects, blinding light, etc.
- spectacles designed for a special purpose, as night-vision or stereoscopic goggles.
- Informal.glasses, or eyeglasses: I can't see a thing without my goggles.
- a bulging or wide-open look of the eyes; stare.
- to stare with bulging or wide-open eyes.
- (of the eyes) to bulge and be wide open in a stare.
- to roll the eyes.
- (of the eyes) to roll.
- Informal. to spearfish.
- to roll (the eyes).
- (of the eyes) rolling, bulging, or staring.
Origin of goggle
The first senses of goggle dealt with the movement of the eyes—quite literally the rolling or bulging of eyes. It was not until the early 18th century that goggle took on meanings that extended beyond the eyeball (though not very far beyond). In the early 1700s, speakers of English used the plural goggles to refer to large, protective eye coverings. As the use of cars became more widespread in the early 20th century, the demand for driving goggles increased. Though only vintage car enthusiasts have a need for those today, safety goggles can commonly be found in any high school chemistry class that follows standard safety codes.
While those types of goggles are designed to protect, a new kind of goggles, which do nothing to protect the wearer— beer goggles —surfaced in English in the late 1980s. This slang term for the metaphorical goggles that extremely drunk people “wear,” with the effect of diminishing their judgment, is still widely used today.
- "Then came a volley of expletives in an unknown tongue, and in a voice so deep and harsh that the hair of the three heads bristled, and three pairs of eyes goggled with fright."-Charles M. Skinner The Devil’s Bridge: a Philippine Legend McBride’s Magazine, Volume 64 (1899)
- "Hari goggled his eyes, unrattled by my taunting."-Philip Palmer Version 43 (2010)
Examples from the Web for goggle
Go to facebook.com/pages/Edward-Snowden for Goggle Street Views.Up to a Point: The U.S. Government’s Minimum Wage Is $430 Million Per Hour
P. J. O’Rourke
March 21, 2014
He has a smooth-shaven, quasi-clerical face and goggle eyes.The Immortal
"Here is his head," cried Goggle Woggle, as he put it under his arm.The Jumble Book
In the bottom of each hollow a narrow slit was cut lengthwise of the goggle.Grit A-Plenty
The goggle eyes seemed to see more than the brain was inclined to credit.The King of Diamonds
But, as things were, he abstained from fraternising and continued to goggle dumbly.Indiscretions of Archie
P. G. Wodehouse
- (intr) to stare stupidly or fixedly, as in astonishment
- to cause (the eyes) to roll or bulge or (of the eyes) to roll or bulge
- a fixed or bulging stare
- (plural) spectacles, often of coloured glass or covered with gauze: used to protect the eyes
Word Origin and History for goggle
1530s, from Middle English gogelen "to roll (the eyes) about" (late 14c.), influenced by Middle English gogel-eyed "squint-eyed, one-eyed" (late 14c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow imitative. As a surname (Robert le Gogel) attested from c.1300. Related: Goggled; goggling. As a noun, 1650s, "goggling look;" earlier "person who goggles" (1610s).