[ 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 formso·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 ogrism


/ (ˈəʊɡə) /


(in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh
any monstrous or cruel person
Derived Formsogreish, adjectiveogress, fem n

Word Origin for ogre

C18: from French, perhaps from Latin Orcus god of the infernal regions
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Word Origin and History for ogrism



"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.

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