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ogle

[oh-guh l]
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verb (used with object), o·gled, o·gling.
  1. to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
  2. to eye; look or stare at.
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verb (used without object), o·gled, o·gling.
  1. to look amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
  2. to look or stare.
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noun
  1. an amorous, flirtatious, or impertinent glance or stare.
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Origin of ogle

1670–80; apparently < Dutch, frequentative (see -le) of oogen to make eyes at, derivative of oog eye (compare Low German oegeln, German äugeln)
Related formso·gler, nounun·o·gled, adjective
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  • "It's through her that we're in this trap," Ogle stormed on.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Nor will that serve you," Ogle warned him, still more fiercely.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • And if ye' weren't a fool, Ogle, you wouldn't need me to tell you this.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Ogle, with a bent for sarcasm, interposed a suggestion bitterly.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Ogle, however, continued to give proof that his knowledge of gunnery was not of yesterday.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for ogle

ogle

verb
  1. to look at (someone) amorously or lustfully
  2. (tr) to stare or gape at
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noun
  1. a flirtatious or lewd look
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Derived Formsogler, noun

Word Origin

C17: probably from Low German oegeln, from oegen to look at
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Word Origin and History for ogle

v.

1680s, probably from Low German oeglen, frequentative of oegen "look at," from oege "eye," from Proto-Germanic *augon-, from PIE *okw- "to see" (see eye (n.)). Related to Dutch ogen "to look at," from oog "eye." Related: Ogled; ogling. The noun meaning "an amorous glance" is attested from 1711; earlier it meant "an eye" (1700).

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