- 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.
Origin of goggle
historical usage 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM goggleun·gog·gled, adjective
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How to use goggle in a sentence
The videographer I worked with on that production, Gareth Tate, and I pitted the two goggles in that category against each other.These Goggles Let You Ski Fog-Free|Joe Jackson|February 12, 2021|Outside Online
The best ski goggles use various methods to steer the fog away.Best ski goggles: What to look for in a pair you’ll love|Eric Alt|January 20, 2021|Popular-Science
We talked about that, as well as what it’s like to clean in a shower cap and goggles, and the anxiety that comes with knocking on someone’s door in the middle of a pandemic.What domestic work looks and feels like right now|Luke Winkie|January 15, 2021|Vox
We had to make sure that our equipment did not hinder the use of various accessories the dog may be wearing such as goggles, a leash, or a kevlar vest to protect it from being knifed after landing.This new harness lets military dogs parachute safely and with style|Christina Mackenzie|January 4, 2021|Popular-Science
Obviously, if we can be helpful in getting them PPE—we’ve sent masks and gowns and goggles to clients trying to make sure they have what they need.A depleted workforce and no end in sight: An inside look at America’s ailing health care industry|Erika Fry|December 8, 2020|Fortune
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|DAILY BEAST
Although we watch the behavior of the super-rich with goggle-eyed fascination, bad feeling toward them lurks in the wings.The Brotherhood of Money|Daphne Merkin|January 2, 2009|DAILY BEAST
Naw, I sold my outfit to a goggle-eyed pilgrim that has an idea buffalo hides is prime all summer.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Now Liebchen came in one day at high tide, chasing those little goggle-eyed squids that lived so many in the harbour.The Belted Seas|Arthur Colton
Skeat thinks the word gog is “of imitative origin,” but it is more likely that goggle was originally Gog oeuil or Gog Eye.
The Irish and Gaelic for Goggle-eyed is gogshuileach, which the authorities refer to gog, “to move slightly” and suil, “an eye”.
I'm not talking of wishing; schoolboys wish, pale-cheeked freshmen at college, goggle-eyed ensigns in marching regiments wish.Tony Butler|Charles James Lever