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[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
[oh-ger-ish] /ˈoʊ gər ɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
[oh-grish] /ˈoʊ grɪʃ/ (Show IPA),
ogreishly, ogrishly, adverb
ogreism, ogrism, noun
2. fiend, tyrant, despot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • Grandmama was beating time with her hand on the arm of her chair to the merry music-hall tune and the ogreish words.

    Dangerous Ages Rose Macaulay
  • And they did not dare hide because of that ogreish creature's brood.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • But she herself still beat time to the merry music-hall tune and the ogreish words.

    Dangerous Ages Rose Macaulay
  • There is an ogreish kind of jocularity in Grandfather Smallweed to-day.

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • He chuckled gleefully, and rested his ogreish head in the palms of his skeleton-like hands, his elbows on the table.

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • No sooner had their uproar died away than an angry and ogreish voice broke out from the hut.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
British Dictionary definitions for ogreish


(in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh
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 ogreish



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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