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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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  • But the dim lights seemed to be ogling each other and smiling, as he passed.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • While the crowd was ogling this ascent, I walked through the temple doors.

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

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • She was always imagining him ogling at every woman that he came across.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • Emily, who was standing in the doorway, ogling him unseen, came forward.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • I am sure that she will have nothing to show for her ogling and her sighs!

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

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • See him, while he stammers on the stage, ogling like a carp, with his frog's eyes!

    Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand
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).

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