- 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
How to use goggle in a sentence
The Oculus Rift is a wearable headset that goes over the eyes like a clunky pair of scuba goggles.Welcome to Oculus XXX: In-Your-Face 3D is the Future of Porn|Aurora Snow|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The cops had tear gas masks, and the residents of Ferguson had bandanas and swimming goggles.The Communist Agitators Trying to Ignite Ferguson|Justin Glawe|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In gowns, boots, goggles, and masks, the men will lower the body into a 6-foot grave below.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country|Abby Haglage|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Plus wearing gowns, gloves, goggles and masks imparts an eerie moonwalk sensation as one enters the facility.Caring for Ebola Patients Deeply Scary For Health Care Workers|Kent Sepkowitz|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
While caring for patients, clinical staff is heavily robed with gown and apron; three pairs of gloves; a hood; and goggles.Two Americans Have Now Been Diagnosed With Ebola in Record Outbreak|Kent Sepkowitz|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But in a minute or two the feeling 195 subsided, and through the automobile goggles they both wore they dared look ahead.The Girls of Central High on the Stage|Gertrude W. Morrison
Ghurri-Wurri wore tattered white baggy trousers, vest and cloak, a turban and black goggles.Fifty Contemporary One-Act Plays|Various
The Hon. Sam silently followed the pair for a moment through his big goggles.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
But where is Catherine, asked Michael, as Jack came in pulling off his leather helmet and goggles.The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley
The simpler compass is the more convenient for use on snow when goggles must be worn.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury