Definition of goggle in English:



  • 1 Look with wide open eyes, typically in amazement.

    ‘I goggled at them in total disbelief’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now he was running around and goggling at every woman that crossed his path.’
    • ‘All the while, the boy was goggling at me, cursing, and shouting like anything, about anything.’
    • ‘He felt the girl population goggling at him as he passed.’
    • ‘Behind her, the rest of the popular crowd jostled for space, goggling at me.’
    • ‘‘I knew those cows should have been looking at me,’ he said, and Shane figured he knew exactly what they were goggling at.’
    • ‘Mr. Lase had just called for the girls to continue playing and not dawdle while goggling at the boys (who'd just left the gym).’
    • ‘Karly pretended not to hear him and continued with goggling at the bird.’
    • ‘Kay stormed out of class with all of the student goggling at her like she was on crack.’
    • ‘Will you two stop goggling at each other and hurry up?’
    • ‘He was goggling at her as if she had suddenly sprouted a third arm and an additional head.’
    • ‘She looked at her brother to see what his reaction would be, but he was still goggling at the lady with a dreamy face.’
    • ‘Because he was so hot the other day, I will just be goggling at him today too, and it will be very distracting!’
    • ‘How can you skulk mysteriously when you're goggling at the camera?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Escorted to our main deck cabin, Lynne and I unpacked, goggling at our surroundings.’
    • ‘Purely out of reflex I leaped to my feet, knocking my chair over, and took a few steps back, goggling at the man who stood before me, ignoring the looks of the other people around us.’
    • ‘The females in the class were feeling the opposite, goggling at his handsome face.’
    • ‘What does this have to do with a lifeguard goggling at you?’
    • ‘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.’
    stare, gape, stare open-mouthed, stare in amazement, stare in wonder, gawk, gaze, ogle, look fixedly, look vacantly
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    1. 1.1(of the eyes) open wide or protrude.
      ‘with their eyes goggling and their tongues hanging out’
      • ‘Mike looked at it, did a double take, and goggled his eyes.’
      • ‘She goggled her eyes at Bella, who scowled in return.’
      • ‘She didn't have to do any eye goggling, or dress outrageously skimpy, or even bat her eyelashes.’
      • ‘Dana's eyes goggled at the check and her lips mouth the words ‘five thousand dollars?’’
      • ‘Her eyes goggled then she collapsed against the sofa, letting out a theatrical sigh.’
      • ‘He dazedly took in the scene through eyes goggling with confusion and pain.’
      • ‘He is pimply, his neck is thin, his blue eyes goggle, his underlip extrudes.’
      • ‘Eddie began to lift his top up, and examine his six pack, my eyes began to goggle.’
      • ‘My eyes goggled at the prospect that Brian would actually try to help her.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Suddenly he is surrounded by pointing fingers, goggling fish eyes and clapping hands.’
      • ‘He took the money, his eyes goggling with astonishment.’
      • ‘Non-cooks, I know your eyes are goggling at the price tag, but trust me, if there's a cook in your life, they will treasure this gift forever.’
      • ‘Of course, they all wanted to know what he was gaping at and soon I had 10 eyes goggling at me.’


  • [attributive] (of the eyes) protuberant or rolling.

    bulging, bulbous, popping, swelling, swollen, distended, sticking out, jutting, jutting out, protruding
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  • 1Close-fitting glasses with side shields, for protecting the eyes from glare, dust, water, etc.

    ‘a pair of goggles’
    ‘swimming goggles’
    • ‘Wear protective clothing and goggles appropriate for the project and type of stripper.’
    • ‘Be sure to wear goggles and a dust mask when scraping and sanding.’
    • ‘This stuff is still dangerous, even with all the troops wearing helmets, goggles and protective vests.’
    • ‘Wear goggles, a dust mask, a hat, and other protective clothing when sanding.’
    • ‘The use of goggles, glasses with side shields, or chin length face shields to fully cover and protect the eyes from above, below and the sides.’
    • ‘They recommend that people wear gloves, goggles, and dust masks, and that they wash promptly if exposure occurs.’
    • ‘When working with a chemical wallpaper remover, always wear protective goggles and rubber gloves.’
    • ‘Both of you should put on goggles and a dust mask.’
    • ‘Clear as much as you can from the room, cover everything else with dust sheets and wear goggles and a mask while you work.’
    • ‘The fact that he had all the right protective equipment on including a helmet and goggles undoubtedly helped protect him from more serious injury.’
    • ‘During the procedure, you wear goggles to protect your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light.’
    • ‘Even with a dust mask and goggles, the dust was all-penetrating.’
    • ‘Wear a painter's mask and goggles to protect against the dust while you're cutting.’
    • ‘Face shields are a secondary line of defense - you'll need to wear safety glasses or goggles besides the face shield.’
    • ‘Wear protective eyewear (glasses, goggles, face shield) when operating all gardening equipment.’
    • ‘The lack of sufficient supplies of protective gear for medical personnel - face masks, gowns, goggles, gloves and caps - is a national catastrophe.’
    • ‘Sometimes we fished by hand with our heads under water without wearing our goggles.’
    • ‘Wear rubber gloves, protective clothing, and goggles to protect your skin and eyes from any contact with the chemical.’
    • ‘Make sure that you are wearing the goggles, gloves and boots to protect yourself.’
    • ‘If that's the case, wear goggles to keep the water away from your eyes.’
    1. 1.1informal Glasses.
  • 2[in singular] A stare with protruding eyes.

    ‘their goggle mesmerizes even fishmongers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3The staggers (a disease of sheep).


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