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ogre

[oh-ger] /ˈoʊ gər/
noun
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.
Origin of ogre
1705-1715
1705-15; < French; perhaps ≪ Latin Orcus Orcus
Related forms
ogreish
[oh-ger-ish] /ˈoʊ gər ɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
ogrish
[oh-grish] /ˈoʊ grɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
adjective
ogreishly, ogrishly, adverb
ogreism, ogrism, noun
Synonyms
2. fiend, tyrant, despot.
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  • After some days the ogre told him again to put out his finger, and Thirteenth stuck out a spindle.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane
  • "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
  • There she was ordered to prepare a large pie, made of rats and bats, for the ogre's supper.

    The Old-Fashioned Fairy Book Constance Cary Harrison
  • All his old prejudices were reviving; it was as if he were going to some ogre's den.

  • So they were married the very next day, and took possession of the ogre's castle, and of everything that had belonged to him.

    The Fairy Book Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
  • Suddenly he turned into an ogre, spread his wings and was about to fly.

  • And looking to her like an ogre, he would advance to her, whispering: "By this kiss of peace, I take ye into my family!"

    Miss Dividends Archibald Clavering Gunter
British Dictionary definitions for ogre

ogre

/ˈəʊɡə/
noun
1.
(in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh
2.
any monstrous or cruel person
Derived Forms
ogreish, adjective
ogress, noun:feminine
Word Origin
C18: from French, perhaps from Latin Orcus god of the infernal regions
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Word Origin and History for ogre
n.

"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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