- a monster in fairy tales and popular legend, usually represented as a hideous giant who feeds on human flesh.
- a monstrously ugly, cruel, or barbarous person.
Origin of ogre
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Examples from the Web for ogre
Storm in sky and sea matches human passions and conflict; waves grind boulders “with ogre anger.”Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic: ‘The Fall of Arthur’
May 23, 2013
His demeanor won him the nickname “ogre of Avetrana” because of his dirty fingernails and soiled clothing.Knox's Grisly Successor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 1, 2010
When the new installment of Shrek opened this past weekend, audiences flocked for another fix of Ogre and Donkey.Why Comedians Have Short Careers
May 22, 2010
"You will now see the other ogre," he said, and I pictured to myself the other ogre as charming as his partner.My Double Life
All his old prejudices were reviving; it was as if he were going to some ogre's den.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
His countenance was that of an Ogre on the shoulders of a Hercules.
The ogre, surprised, asked him who he was, and Panther told him his whole story.
Suddenly he turned into an ogre, spread his wings and was about to fly.
- (in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh
- any monstrous or cruel person
Word Origin and History for ogre
"man-eating giant," 1713, hogre (in a translation of a French version of the Arabian Nights), from French ogre, first used in Perrault's "Contes," 1697, and perhaps formed by him from Italian orco "demon, monster," from Latin Orcus "Hades," perhaps via an Italian dialect. In English, more literary than colloquial. The conjecture that it is from Byzantine Ogur "Hungarian" or some other version of that people's name (perhaps via confusion with the bloodthirsty Huns), lacks historical evidence. Related: Ogrish; ogrishness.