[ oh-guh l ]
/ ˈoʊ gəl /

verb (used with object), o·gled, o·gling.

to look at amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
to eye; look or stare at.

verb (used without object), o·gled, o·gling.

to look amorously, flirtatiously, or impertinently.
to look or stare.


an amorous, flirtatious, or impertinent glance or stare.

Nearby words

  1. ogham,
  2. ogilvie,
  3. ogino-knaus rule,
  4. ogive,
  5. oglala,
  6. oglethorpe,
  7. oglethorpe, james edward,
  8. ogma,
  9. ogmios,
  10. ogo

Origin of ogle

1670–80; apparently < Dutch, frequentative (see -le) of oogen to make eyes at, derivative of oog eye (compare Low German oegeln, German äugeln)

Related formso·gler, nounun·o·gled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ogle


/ (ˈəʊɡəl) /


to look at (someone) amorously or lustfully
(tr) to stare or gape at


a flirtatious or lewd look
Derived Formsogler, noun

Word Origin for ogle

C17: probably from Low German oegeln, from oegen to look at

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Word Origin and History for ogle



1680s, probably from Low German oeglen, frequentative of oegen "look at," from oege "eye," from Proto-Germanic *augon-, from PIE *okw- "to see" (see eye (n.)). Related to Dutch ogen "to look at," from oog "eye." Related: Ogled; ogling. The noun meaning "an amorous glance" is attested from 1711; earlier it meant "an eye" (1700).

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