One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A glance of the eye; a meaningful or knowing look, especially an amorous look, an ogle.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Greene (bap. 1558, d. 1592), writer and playwright. From Middle French, French oeillade glance, especially a secret glance as a sign of affection, benevolence, etc. from oeil eye + -ade.
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