Definition of ogle in US English:



[with object]
  • Stare at in a lecherous manner.

    ‘he was ogling her breasts’
    no object ‘men who had turned up to ogle’
    • ‘When he's not glued to the TV, he's staring at his computer screen or ogling girls in bars.’
    • ‘McGwire has his slice of baseball immortality, but fans haven't lost their appetite for ogling him.’
    • ‘They were inside the auxiliary gym practicing and his teammates were gathered around the doors ogling them.’
    • ‘Glam and glitz prevailed throughout the Pavilion, where 400 black-tie-attired guests joined the seated dinner, ogled the dancing show girls and bid on auction items.’
    • ‘I've ogled the strutting pumped up peacocks that run in the men's 100 metres.’
    • ‘As the sun sets, we stroll along the surf, ogling the beautiful beachside residences.’
    • ‘You can while away many happy hours looking at gossip web sites and ogling pictures of your favourite swoonsome celebrities instead of getting on with your work.’
    • ‘The director spends as much time ogling his male leads as he does his female cast members.’
    • ‘Its also a good outlet to keep me from ogling every real woman I see.’
    • ‘I stood there ogling the food, not knowing exactly what I wanted but knowing I was hungry.’
    • ‘Sporting a jogging suit, the police reached the spot at 5.30 am and saw a group of men ogling the women.’
    • ‘Colton was sitting at the bar; a few women were ogling him from the corner.’
    • ‘I spent the evening ogling Bianca and playing pool.’
    • ‘He cannot resist ogling a pretty girl or remarking on her attributes.’
    • ‘I looked around and saw people ogling me like I was a store mannequin.’
    • ‘Partygoers scoffed and quaffed their way through £100,000 worth of refreshments, before ogling the exhibits.’
    • ‘Here I am wanting to help these needy people and just do my job, and I am rewarded by being constantly ogled and hit on, as best as men without homes or income can hit on a girl.’
    • ‘Two guys driving along start ogling a woman and the car clatters into a pile of rubbish bins.’
    • ‘And what's wrong with ogling those who spend years intensively preparing to be ogled?’
    • ‘After we had finished eating (and ogling the boys) we went back to shower and change and get ready for the evening's show.’
    leer at, stare at, gaze at, eye, make eyes at, make sheep's eyes at
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  • A lecherous look.

    • ‘Several hugs for Matt, many ogles at incredibly hot guys, and one hour of frustrating luggage checking later, four harassed but extremely excited girls huddled around Rachel, wishing her luck.’
    • ‘Researchers have discovered that a 10-minute ogle at women's breasts is as healthy as half-an-hour in the gym.’
    • ‘In Shakespeare's time an oeillade was an amorous glance or an ogle.’
    • ‘Watching Andrew's leering ogle, Alaina once again lost her temper.’
    • ‘Everything about Mason has bounce - his movements, delivery, even his ogles - but he can also summon up silences of utmost consternation and looks of shocked despair.’
    • ‘By the time we have walked along the cloying pebble beach for a few hundred yards, our strength has been sapped too much to attempt the obligatory nonchalant ogle at the nudist beach further along.’
    • ‘She wasn't there for the music, just a bit of an ogle.’
    • ‘She was lithe, willowy, and could wear such a garment with the praise and ogles of the opposite sex.’
    • ‘When a policeman stops our heroine, it's love at first ogle.’
    • ‘We were undressing the merchandise with their eyeball, all ogle, no cash.’
    • ‘For those on a tight budget who enjoy a quiet ogle every now and again the place deserves support.’
    • ‘And what about all those who have stolen a quick ogle at the stewardesses…’
    • ‘The death look was followed by a scrutinizing stare, and then into what seemed like an ogle.’
    • ‘The stares and ogles were still very much evident but they didn't faze her nearly as much as she thought they would.’


Late 17th century: probably from Low German or Dutch; compare with Low German oegeln, frequentative of oegen ‘look at’.