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[oh-guh l] /ˈoʊ gəl/
verb (used with object), ogled, ogling.
to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
to eye; look or stare at.
verb (used without object), ogled, ogling.
to look amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
to look or stare.
an amorous, flirtatious, or impertinent glance or stare.
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 forms
ogler, noun
unogled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Evidently he believed himself irresistible, and his smirking, posing, and ogling were ludicrous to the last degree.

    Brave Tom Edward S. Ellis
  • Emily, who was standing in the doorway, ogling him unseen, came forward.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • He straightened up and into his ogling eyes came a spark of shame.

  • Verinder helped himself to a sandwich, ogling Moya the while with his eyeglass.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • I was not much pleased with my awkward situation—with a wolf face to face; our ogling was not of the most pleasant kind.

  • It shot down the groove, wobbled a while, ceased, ogling them: six.

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • I kissed her, for I felt grateful for her kindness; and with a little smirking and ogling she quitted the room.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
  • He, with his illegal Betty ogling and double-entendre-ing and posturing opposite!

    Doctor Cupid Rhoda Broughton
British Dictionary definitions for ogling


to look at (someone) amorously or lustfully
(transitive) to stare or gape at
a flirtatious or lewd look
Derived Forms
ogler, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from Low German oegeln, from oegen to look at
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Word Origin and History for ogling



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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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