Definition of ogre in English:

ogre

Syllabification: o·gre
Pronunciation: /ˈōɡər
 
/

noun

1(In folklore) a man-eating giant.
More example sentences
  • Ella's journey to find a way to break the spell has its own dangers as she meets up with elves, ogres, giants, fairies, and of course a very charming prince.
  • A comic-fantasy-adventure filled with magic and music, ogres and elves, giants and wicked stepsisters, the film revisits a classic fairy-tale world with a distinctly 21st century twist.
  • When you're a kid, you grow up on fairy tales, witches and giants and ogres.
Synonyms
monster, giant, troll
1.1A cruel or terrifying person.
More example sentences
  • In fact, for all that he has been painted in some quarters as a manipulative ogre, one criticism that might be levelled at him is that he is too soft.
  • You visit a lot of cities when you're being chased by a giant marketing ogre.
  • It was then that Congress, under the leadership of those great ogres, voted by veto-proof majorities to end the arms embargo.
Synonyms
brute, fiend, monster, beast, barbarian, savage, animal, tyrant
informal bastard, swine, pig

Origin

early 18th century: from French, first used by the French writer Perrault in 1697.

Derivatives

ogreish

Pronunciation: /ˈōɡ(ə)riSH/
(also ogrish) adjective
More example sentences
  • I tend to ignore them, after an initial smile to show I'm not entirely ogrish.
  • The death of my wife seems to have made me a little… ogrish.
  • His face contorted in fury at the murder of his kinsmen, and with a shrill cry he leapt at the nearest of the ogrish guards.

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