ogre

[oh-ger]
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:
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)
 
n
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]
 
'ogreish
 
adj
 
'ogress
 
fem n

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Word Origin & History

ogre
"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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Example sentences
First the goblins out competed the ogres and drove them into extinction.
Ogres often find employment as mercenaries as described above.
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