Definition of goggle in English:



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

    ‘“What in the world are you goggling at?”’
    • ‘Because he was so hot the other day, I will just be goggling at him today too, and it will be very distracting!’
    • ‘Karly pretended not to hear him and continued with goggling at the bird.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He felt the girl population goggling at him as he passed.’
    • ‘How can you skulk mysteriously when you're goggling at the camera?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She looked at her brother to see what his reaction would be, but he was still goggling at the lady with a dreamy face.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What does this have to do with a lifeguard goggling at you?’
    • ‘The females in the class were feeling the opposite, goggling at his handsome face.’
    • ‘All the while, the boy was goggling at me, cursing, and shouting like anything, about anything.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will you two stop goggling at each other and hurry up?’
    • ‘Now he was running around and goggling at every woman that crossed his path.’
    • ‘He was goggling at her as if she had suddenly sprouted a third arm and an additional head.’
    • ‘Kay stormed out of class with all of the student goggling at her like she was on crack.’
    • ‘Escorted to our main deck cabin, Lynne and I unpacked, goggling at our surroundings.’
    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) protrude or open wide.
      • ‘Eddie began to lift his top up, and examine his six pack, my eyes began to goggle.’
      • ‘Dana's eyes goggled at the check and her lips mouth the words ‘five thousand dollars?’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She goggled her eyes at Bella, who scowled in return.’
      • ‘He is pimply, his neck is thin, his blue eyes goggle, his underlip extrudes.’
      • ‘She didn't have to do any eye goggling, or dress outrageously skimpy, or even bat her eyelashes.’
      • ‘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 dazedly took in the scene through eyes goggling with confusion and pain.’
      • ‘Her eyes goggled then she collapsed against the sofa, letting out a theatrical sigh.’
      • ‘He took the money, his eyes goggling with astonishment.’
      • ‘Of course, they all wanted to know what he was gaping at and soon I had 10 eyes goggling at me.’
      • ‘Mike looked at it, did a double take, and goggled his eyes.’
      • ‘Suddenly he is surrounded by pointing fingers, goggling fish eyes and clapping hands.’
      • ‘My eyes goggled at the prospect that Brian would actually try to help her.’


  • [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 eyeglasses with side shields, for protecting the eyes from glare, dust, water, etc.

    • ‘When working with a chemical wallpaper remover, always wear protective goggles and rubber gloves.’
    • ‘Wear a painter's mask and goggles to protect against the dust while you're cutting.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘If that's the case, wear goggles to keep the water away from your eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes we fished by hand with our heads under water without wearing our goggles.’
    • ‘The fact that he had all the right protective equipment on including a helmet and goggles undoubtedly helped protect him from more serious injury.’
    • ‘This stuff is still dangerous, even with all the troops wearing helmets, goggles and protective vests.’
    • ‘During the procedure, you wear goggles to protect your eyes from accidental exposure to laser light.’
    • ‘Wear protective clothing and goggles appropriate for the project and type of stripper.’
    • ‘Make sure that you are wearing the goggles, gloves and boots to protect yourself.’
    • ‘They recommend that people wear gloves, goggles, and dust masks, and that they wash promptly if exposure occurs.’
    • ‘Both of you should put on goggles and a dust mask.’
    • ‘Wear goggles, a dust mask, a hat, and other protective clothing when sanding.’
    • ‘Even with a dust mask and goggles, the dust was all-penetrating.’
    • ‘The lack of sufficient supplies of protective gear for medical personnel - face masks, gowns, goggles, gloves and caps - is a national catastrophe.’
    • ‘Wear rubber gloves, protective clothing, and goggles to protect your skin and eyes from any contact with the chemical.’
    • ‘Be sure to wear goggles and a dust mask when scraping and sanding.’
    1. 1.1informal Eyeglasses.
  • 2[in singular] A stare with protruding eyes.

    • ‘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.’


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