Definition of ogre in English:



  • 1(in folklore) a man-eating giant.

    • ‘You can be the fairy princess, and I'll be an ogre who's coming to get you.’
    • ‘Many kids are scared of monsters under the bed, ogres and bogeymen lurking in wardrobes and the cupboard under the stairs.’
    • ‘When you're a kid, you grow up on fairy tales, witches and giants and ogres.’
    • ‘I don't really like the film - I mean, if the main characters weren't ugly green ogres, I might have liked it better.’
    • ‘You do not fear the ogres and the trolls do you?’
    • ‘It is a modern-day fairy tale complete with magic, an ogre, brave deeds, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.’
    • ‘We rested on his right shoulder as he sauntered above the trees, all the while telling us of the differences between ogres and giants.’
    • ‘I met trolls and ogres and witches and carried secret weapons and magical words with me.’
    • ‘It is a time when the very mention of witches, gnomes, hobgoblins and ogres is enough to conjure up a fantasy world populated with a multitude of such creatures.’
    • ‘The humans and elves fight against the monstrous orcs and ogres while the third group, called the Zerg, seek to destroy both of them.’
    • ‘Though the giant spiders composed of most of the creatures, there were also trolls, goblins, and ogres.’
    • ‘From the depths of Gan came the ogres, the goblins, the trolls, and, of course, the leprechauns, who were later conquered by the good of elves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At that moment, a witch or a giant or an ogre could have been holding that light.’
    • ‘But more obviously, elves live here, not trolls, ogres or dark elves.’
    • ‘This kid friendly fairy tale about an unsightly ogre was both heartwarming and very funny.’
    • ‘Monsters such as goblins, orcs, trolls, and ogres thrived here.’
    • ‘I remember that there were lots of fairy tales that included giants of all kinds, from the ogres to some of the more ‘kindly’ giants.’
    • ‘She would hold it, gripping the handle as her father had taught her, and pretend to fight off giant ogres or evil witches with magical powers.’
    monster, giant, troll, bogeyman, bogey, demon, devil
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    1. 1.1 A cruel or terrifying person.
      ‘it is clear that I am no ogre’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Divorcees are not criminals, women are not angels, men are not ogres,’ he stated.’
      • ‘Libraries are not silent, stuffy places where the staff are ogres, they are places for the whole community and we want as many people as possible to come here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even as they insisted that they had done nothing wrong and that the Republicans were ogres for bringing it up, they launched a massive effort to staunch the scandal's flow.’
      • ‘Why would we want to make them look like angels, when they are really ogres?’
      brute, fiend, monster, beast, devil, demon, barbarian, savage, sadist, animal, tyrant, villain, scoundrel
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Early 18th century: from French, first used by the French writer Perrault in 1697.