- 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.
- a bulging or wide-open look of the eyes; stare.
- to stare with bulging or wide-open eyes.
- (of the eyes) to bulge and be wide open in a stare.
- to roll the eyes.
- (of the eyes) to roll.
- Informal. to spearfish.
- to roll (the eyes).
- (of the eyes) rolling, bulging, or staring.
Origin 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.
- "Then came a volley of expletives in an unknown tongue, and in a voice so deep and harsh that the hair of the three heads bristled, and three pairs of eyes goggled with fright."-Charles M. Skinner The Devil’s Bridge: a Philippine Legend McBride’s Magazine, Volume 64 (1899)
- "Hari goggled his eyes, unrattled by my taunting."-Philip Palmer Version 43 (2010)
Examples from the Web for goggles
In gowns, boots, goggles, and masks, the men will lower the body into a 6-foot grave below.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
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
August 2, 2014
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
July 28, 2014
By night, he hunts with ghosts with goggles and a K2 device.True Life: I’m a Part-Time Ghost Hunter
September 15, 2013
The photograph confirms there was also unmistakable delight in the eyes behind her goggles.Exclusive Photo: Gabrielle Giffords’s Navy SEAL Skydive
February 27, 2012
He pushed up his goggles and gazed at her, absolutely bewildered.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Jeter began nonchalantly to slip off his helmet and goggles.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
Passed me wi' her face all smothered up in a veil, goggles an' all.A Bit O' Love (Fourth Series Plays)
"Very," coolly agreed Lestrange, rising and removing his goggles.The Flying Mercury
Eleanor M. Ingram
He allowed the young skeptic to try the goggles on and read by the light of the lamp.Runaway
- (intr) to stare stupidly or fixedly, as in astonishment
- to cause (the eyes) to roll or bulge or (of the eyes) to roll or bulge
- a fixed or bulging stare
- (plural) spectacles, often of coloured glass or covered with gauze: used to protect the eyes
Word Origin and History for goggles
"spectacles, protective eyeglasses," 1715; see goggle.
1530s, from Middle English gogelen "to roll (the eyes) about" (late 14c.), influenced by Middle English gogel-eyed "squint-eyed, one-eyed" (late 14c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow imitative. As a surname (Robert le Gogel) attested from c.1300. Related: Goggled; goggling. As a noun, 1650s, "goggling look;" earlier "person who goggles" (1610s).