- 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.
verb (used without object), gog·gled, gog·gling.
verb (used with object), gog·gled, gog·gling.
- gog and magog,
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.
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
By night, he hunts with ghosts with goggles and a K2 device.
The photograph confirms there was also unmistakable delight in the eyes behind her goggles.Exclusive Photo: Gabrielle Giffords’s Navy SEAL Skydive|Michael Daly|February 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
At the time and place appointed she found an automobile, driven by a person in a big fur coat, a cap, and goggles.The Inner Shrine|Basil King
I had to throw away my goggles, otherwise I should not have seen anything.The Red Battle Flyer|Capt. Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen
The second man was right under a light and we recognized the Frog, still with his goggles and cap on.The Campfire Girls Go Motoring|Hildegard G. Frey
He leaped back to the curb, muttering at the grinning fiend in goggles who shot past.The Hills of Desire|Richard Aumerle Maher
This time the sliding was done in an overcoat (although the summer sun was blazing), a steamer cap, and a pair of goggles.The Man In The High-Water Boots|F. Hopkinson Smith
Word Origin for goggle
"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).