[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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Examples from the Web for ogling

Contemporary Examples of ogling

  • What do Tiger Woods, his numerous alleged girlfriends, and we, the ogling, obsessed onlookers all have in common?

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    2009: The Most Impulsive Year Ever

    Lee Siegel

    December 18, 2009

  • They were the kind of boys who came to New York to see theatre on spring break instead of ogling girls in Daytona Beach.

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    Rupert Everett Unleashed

    Kevin Sessums

    April 6, 2009

Historical Examples of ogling

  • But the dim lights seemed to be ogling each other and smiling, as he passed.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • While the crowd was ogling this ascent, I walked through the temple doors.

    The Repairman

    Harry Harrison

  • Verinder helped himself to a sandwich, ogling Moya the while with his eyeglass.

    The Highgrader

    William MacLeod Raine

  • She was always imagining him ogling at every woman that he came across.

    The Good Soldier

    Ford Madox Ford

  • Emily, who was standing in the doorway, ogling him unseen, came forward.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild

British Dictionary definitions for ogling



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 ogling



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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