[oh-guh l]

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.

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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Related Words for ogled

gawk, eyeball, rubberneck, glare, look, eye, fix, goggle, watch, focus, gaze, peer, leer, rivet

Examples from the Web for ogled

Contemporary Examples of ogled

Historical Examples of ogled

  • Here are the keys to that daffodil-hued tri-phibian you ogled at Sporter's exhibit.

    Zero Data

    Charles Saphro

  • All this because he had ogled a pretty manola at a bull-fight.

  • It was that of the officer who on the day of San Juan had ogled her so rudely.

    The White Chief

    Mayne Reid

  • Annapla emerged from her trance, and ogled him with an amusing admiration.

    Doom Castle

    Neil Munro

  • The disk shot down the groove, wobbled a while, ceased and ogled them: six.


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for ogled



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 ogled



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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