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ogre

noun

  1. (unpleasant person)  a cruel wicked and inhuman person
    Synonyms: deil [Scotland], demon, devil, fiend, monster. Type of: unpleasant person
  2. (folklore)  a giant who likes to eat humans
    Synonyms: ogress. Topic: folklore. Type of: giantess

Etymology summary

"man-eating giant", hogre (in a translation of a French version of the Arabian...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Ogre | Ogres | ogress | ogresses

beings which are usually depicted as large, hideous, humanoid monsters. They are frequently featured in mythology, folklore, and fiction throughout the world. Ogres appear in many classic works of literature, and are most often described in fairy tales... (38 of 1040 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ogre

Ogre (disambiguation)

a large, hideous monster of mythology, folklore and fiction. Ogre may also refer to: Ogre (comics), a Marvel Comics mutant engineer character, first appearing in X-Men in 1967 | Ogre (DC Comics), a DC Comics genetically-engineered character, first ... (37 of 433 words, 27 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Ogre (disambiguation)

Britannica Encyclopedia:

ogre [mythological character] | ogress [feminine]

a hideous giant represented in fairy tales and folklore as feeding on human beings. The word gained popularity from its use in the late 17th century ... (26 of 214 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/425894​/ogre

Collins Dictionary:

ogre | ogreish [adjective, derived]

(in folklore) a giant, usually given to eating human flesh | any monstrous or cruel person (15 of 450 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ogre

Merriam-Webster:

ogre | monster [synonym, sense-specific] | grotesque [synonym, sense-specific] | grotesquerie [synonym, sense-specific] | monstrosity [synonym, sense-specific] | ogress [similar, sense-specific] | Frankenstein [similar, sense-specific] | bĂȘte noire [similar, sense-specific] | bogey [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a hideous giant of fairy tales and folklore that feeds on human beings; "monster" | a dreaded person or object (19 of 126 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ogre

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ogre [countable] | ogres [plural]

a large, frightening, and cruel person in children's stories ; a cruel and frightening person | something that is very bad and causes a lot of ... (25 of 66 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ogre

Oxford Dictionary:

ogre | ogreish [derived]

[folklore] a man-eating giant. | a cruel or terrifying person (9 of 60 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ogre

American Heritage Dictionary:

ogre | ogreish [adjective, related]

A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans. | A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous. (24 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ogre

New World Dictionary:

ogre | ogreish [related]

in fairy tales and folklore, a man-eating monster or giant | a hideous, coarse, or cruel man (16 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ogre

Wiktionary:

ogre | ogres [plural]

[mythology] A type of brutish giant from folk tales that eats human flesh. | [figurative] A brutish man whose behavior resembles that of the mythical ogre. (25 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ogre

Random House Dictionary:

ogre

a monster in fairy tales and popular legend, usually represented as a hideous giant who feeds on human flesh. | a monstrously ugly, cruel, or ... (24 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ogre

Cambridge Dictionary:

ogre

a large frightening character in children's stories who eats children | [informal] a fierce and frightening person (16 of 31 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ogre

Encarta Dictionary:

ogre | ogres [plural] | ogreish [adjective, derived]

in fairy tales, an evil giant or monster, especially one who eats people | somebody who is particularly unpleasant and frightening (20 of 37 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861634692​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

ogre

First use: 1713

Origin: "man-eating giant", hogre (in a translation of a French version of the Arabian Nights), from French ogre, first used in Perrault's ... (22 of 75 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=ogre

Wiktionary:

ogre | ogres [plural]

Origin: First attested in the 18th century, from French ogre, from Latin Orcus ("god of the underworld"), from Ancient Greek Όρκος (Horkos), the personified demon of oaths (ὅρκος ("oath")) who inflicts... (30 of 33 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ogre

New World Dictionary:

ogre

Origin: French, probably from Middle Greek Ogōr, a Hungarian, probably influenced by French orc from Latin Orcus, Pluto, Hades

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ogre

Collins Dictionary:

ogre

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French, perhaps from Latin Orcus god of the infernal regions

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ogre

Oxford Dictionary:

ogre

First use: early 18th century

Origin: French, first used by the French writer Perrault in 1697

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ogre

Merriam-Webster:

ogre

First use: 1713

Origin: French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/ogre

American Heritage Dictionary:

ogre

Origin: French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ogre

Audio references

Wiktionary:

ogre | ogres [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ogre"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/ogre

Collins Dictionary:

ogre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ogre"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/ogre

Macmillan British Dictionary:

ogre [countable] | ogres [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "ogre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/ogre

Macmillan American Dictionary:

ogre [countable] | ogres [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ogre"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/ogre

Cambridge Dictionary:

ogre

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "ogre"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "ogre"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/ogre

the Free Dictionary:

ogre

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "ogre"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "ogre"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "ogre" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/ogre

Google Dictionary:

ogre | ogres [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "ogre"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=ogre

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

ogre

Audio: North American pronunciation of "ogre"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=ogre​0001 word=ogre

YourDictionary Audio:

ogre

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "ogre" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/ogre

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