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.

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

ogreish [oh-ger-ish] , ogrish [oh-grish] , adjective
ogreishly, ogrishly, adverb
ogreism, ogrism, noun

2. fiend, tyrant, despot.
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ogre (ˈəʊɡə)
1.  (in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh
2.  any monstrous or cruel person
[C18: from French, perhaps from Latin Orcus god of the infernal regions]
fem n

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Word Origin & History

"man-eating giant," 1713, hogre (in a translation of a Fr. version of the Arabian Nights), from Fr. ogre, first used in Perrault's "Contes," 1697. and perhaps formed by him from It. orco "demon, monster," from L. Orcus "Hades," perhaps via an It. dialect. In Eng., more literary than colloquial. The conjecture
that it is a from Byzantine Ogur "Hungarian" or some other version of that people's name (perhaps via confusion with the bloodthirsty Huns), lacks historical evidence.
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a hideous giant represented in fairy tales and folklore as feeding on human beings. The word gained popularity from its use in the late 17th century by Charles Perrault, the author of Contes de ma mere l'oye (Tales of Mother Goose). Since then, ogres have appeared in many works, including "Tom Thumb"; "Hansel and Gretel," where the witch is a type of ogre because she intends to eat the children; and "Little Red Riding Hood," where the wolf resembles an ogre. The Cyclops of myth and heroic literature who devours humans is a form of ogre.

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Example sentences
It also turns him into an ogre with a violent streak who sees people as food.
Part of the problem is that the father is too much a fairy-tale ogre.
The ogre is in the world of troll, the world of orc.
All four films cowered before the green, spindly legs of a familiar ogre.
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