Definition of goggle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡäɡəl/


[no object]
1Look with wide open eyes, typically in amazement or wonder: “What in the world are you goggling at?”
More example sentences
  • The voyeurs goggling at Big Brother are no longer disturbed by the suspicion - though it ought to be obvious - that this domestic ‘reality’ has been thoroughly manipulated.
  • I have forbidden them to ring in but it seemed mean to ban them from watching it at all so they have been using up their TV allowance goggling at small creatures vying for our affections while cuddled to famous bosoms.
  • There'd been a very loud sound of smashing glass two doors down, although not so loud that I actually heard it, so absorbed was I in mindlessly goggling at the box.
1.1(Of the eyes) protrude or open wide.
Example sentences
  • He took the money, his eyes goggling with astonishment.
  • This time I'm sure he'll be craning his neck out of his stroller, eyes goggling as he takes in all the sights and sounds of the Big Smoke.
  • He is pimply, his neck is thin, his blue eyes goggle, his underlip extrudes.


(Of the eyes) protuberant or rolling.


1 (goggles) Close-fitting eyeglasses with side shields, for protecting the eyes from glare, dust, water, etc.
Example sentences
  • They recommend that people wear gloves, goggles, and dust masks, and that they wash promptly if exposure occurs.
  • Wear goggles, a dust mask, a hat, and other protective clothing when sanding.
  • Wear a painter's mask and goggles to protect against the dust while you're cutting.
1.1 informal Eyeglasses.
2 [in singular] A stare with protruding eyes.
Example sentences
  • The fear of the blank page (nowadays more frequently the blank screen) can reduce even a veteran writer to the terrified goggle of a rabbit in the headlights.
  • She had it all - the slurring, the owl-eyed goggle, the ranting, and of course, the passing out half naked in the middle of the floor.



Example sentences
  • By reputation, the goggled Dutchman is something of an awkward customer, but first impressions have been favourable.
  • I peered into the goggled face and realised it was Guy, our photographer, who had been with me in Marina's front room for the last hour.
  • The goggled girl stopped eating and looked up slowly from her stew, her movements meticulously controlled, arching a thin eyebrow about her goggles.


Middle English (in the sense 'look to one side, squint'): probably from a base symbolic of oscillating movement.

Words that rhyme with goggle

boggle, joggle, synagogal, toggle, woggle

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Syllabification: gog·gle

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