[ oh-ger ]
/ ˈoʊ gər /


a monster in fairy tales and popular legend, usually represented as a hideous giant who feeds on human flesh.
a monstrously ugly, cruel, or barbarous person.

Origin of ogre

1705–15; < French; perhaps ≪ Latin Orcus Orcus

Related forms

o·gre·ish [oh-ger-ish] /ˈoʊ gər ɪʃ/, o·grish [oh-grish] /ˈoʊ grɪʃ/, adjectiveo·gre·ish·ly, o·grish·ly, adverbo·gre·ism, o·grism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ogre


/ (ˈəʊɡə) /


(in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh
any monstrous or cruel person

Derived Forms

ogreish, adjectiveogress, fem n

Word Origin for ogre

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