[ oh-ger ]
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  1. a monster in fairy tales and popular legend, usually represented as a hideous giant who feeds on human flesh.

  2. a monstrously ugly, cruel, or barbarous person.

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Origin of ogre

1705–15; <French; perhaps ≪ Latin OrcusOrcus

Other words for ogre

Other words from ogre

  • o·gre·ish [oh-ger-ish], /ˈoʊ gər ɪʃ/, o·grish [oh-grish], /ˈoʊ grɪʃ/, adjective
  • o·gre·ish·ly, o·grish·ly, adverb
  • o·gre·ism, ogrism, noun

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How to use ogre in a sentence

  • And I understood how it had come to pass that our hulking old ogre had fallen in love with her so desperately.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • And we left our nervous ogre and our poor little elf to fight out between themselves whatever battle they had to fight.

    Jaffery | William J. Locke
  • There she silently wept herself to sleep and her dreams were filled with visions of that dreadful ogre, Bonaparte.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
  • The catch is often very good, and the boats come back to the huts laden with the ogre fish, destined to be eaten in their turn!

British Dictionary definitions for ogre


/ (ˈəʊɡə) /

  1. (in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh

  2. any monstrous or cruel person

Origin of ogre

C18: from French, perhaps from Latin Orcus god of the infernal regions

Derived forms of ogre

  • ogreish, adjective
  • ogress, fem n

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