- the brand name of a leading Internet search engine, founded in 1998.
- (often lowercase) to search the Internet for information about (a person, topic, etc.): We googled the new applicant to check her background.
- (often lowercase) to use a search engine such as Google to find information, a website address, etc., on the Internet.
Origin of Google
The term google itself is a creative spelling of googol, a number equal to 10 to the 100th power, or more colloquially, an unfathomable number. Googol was coined in the 1930s and is attributed to the nine-year-old nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner.
Soon after Google was created, the trademarked company name became a popular verb. People were “googling” all sorts of information, including their own names. When users google themselves, unless their names are absurdly rare, they may find their “googlegangers” (a portmanteau word combining “google” and “doppelgänger”), or their namesakes, listed in the Google search results.
A whole new industry has sprung up around Google, including the new field of search-engine optimization or SEO, which works to boost the ranking of a name or term in Google and other search-engine results. In 2005, the newly-minted term Google bomb became popular, to describe the intentional skewing of Google search results by creating links to misleading Web pages. Whether we like it or not, we now live in a Google-centric world.
- "Google has come to represent all our hopes, dreams, and fears about the disruptive promise and dangers of the Internet."-Rob Hof Is Google Too Powerful? Bloomberg Businessweek (April 9, 2007)
- "Google's uncorporate slogan—‘Don't be evil’—appeals to Americans who embrace underdogs."-Ken Auletta Googled: The End of the World As We Know It (2009)
- "Show us a man or woman who’s never Googled an ex, and we’ll show you someone without an Internet connection."-Em & Lo You, Again: Reconnecting with the ex is a dicey proposition New York (September 24, 2006)
- "I know nothing about this man, except for what I Googled."-Irene Zutell Pieces of Happily Ever After (2009)
Examples from the Web for google
Instead of decorating every face on the street, Google Glass hit a contrarian rip tide.
Google itself has taken a break and put plans for mass production on hold.
If you Google “Muslim Christmas tree star” you will see a list of right-wing websites wetting their pants over this.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too
December 23, 2014
Look, right now, in Africa, why are we using Instagram and Facebook and Google search?Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
If you zoom in on Google Maps, you can just make out the jumbles of industrial machinery tucked away inside.The Fiery Underground Oil Pit Eating L.A.
December 6, 2014
He worked at a PR agency, she worked in marketing at Google.Makers
Prepared from scans made available by the Google print project.Samboe; or, The African Boy
Mary Ann Hedge
The same scans are indexed by Google Books, but only accessible as snippet view.Adventures in the Philippine Islands
Paul P. de La Gironire
The text of this copy has been prepared from a the second edition scanned by Google.Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier
T. L. Pennell
There was nothing on there you couldn't find with Google, of course, but I didn't think that would count in my favor.Little Brother
- a popular search engine on the internet
- to search for (something on the internet) using a search engine
- to check (the credentials of someone) by searching for websites containing his or her name
Word Origin and History for google
"to search (something) on the Google search engine," 2000 (do a google on was used by 1999). The domain google.com was registered in 1997. A verb google was an early 20c. cricket term in reference to a type of breaking ball.