Origin of ogre
Examples from the Web for ogre
Storm in sky and sea matches human passions and conflict; waves grind boulders “with ogre anger.”
His demeanor won him the nickname “ogre of Avetrana” because of his dirty fingernails and soiled clothing.
When the new installment of Shrek opened this past weekend, audiences flocked for another fix of Ogre and Donkey.
Most of the steps of the stairway were in good condition for the ogre had only destroyed those at the top.The Chinese Fairy Book|Various
"You will now see the other ogre," he said, and I pictured to myself the other ogre as charming as his partner.My Double Life|Sarah Bernhardt
Then said the ogre, "This shall be your reward, I will eat No-man the last of you all."
When they had stood a short time by the fire, there came a loud knocking at the door: this was the Ogre come home.The Fairy Book|Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
I suppose this ogre of a seminary will shut you up to-night; but where shall I see you to-morrow, and how early?Alice Wilde: The Raftman's Daughter|Metta V. Victor
Word Origin for ogre
"man-eating giant," 1713, hogre (in a translation of a French version of the Arabian Nights), from French ogre, first used in Perrault's "Contes," 1697, and perhaps formed by him from Italian orco "demon, monster," from Latin Orcus "Hades," perhaps via an Italian dialect. In English, more literary than colloquial. The conjecture that it is from Byzantine Ogur "Hungarian" or some other version of that people's name (perhaps via confusion with the bloodthirsty Huns), lacks historical evidence. Related: Ogrish; ogrishness.