Definition of ogre in US English:



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

    • ‘Monsters such as goblins, orcs, trolls, and ogres thrived here.’
    • ‘You do not fear the ogres and the trolls do you?’
    • ‘I don't really like the film - I mean, if the main characters weren't ugly green ogres, I might have liked it better.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This kid friendly fairy tale about an unsightly ogre was both heartwarming and very funny.’
    • ‘Many kids are scared of monsters under the bed, ogres and bogeymen lurking in wardrobes and the cupboard under the stairs.’
    • ‘Though the giant spiders composed of most of the creatures, there were also trolls, goblins, and ogres.’
    • ‘We rested on his right shoulder as he sauntered above the trees, all the while telling us of the differences between ogres and giants.’
    • ‘But more obviously, elves live here, not trolls, ogres or dark elves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At that moment, a witch or a giant or an ogre could have been holding that light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I met trolls and ogres and witches and carried secret weapons and magical words with me.’
    • ‘The humans and elves fight against the monstrous orcs and ogres while the third group, called the Zerg, seek to destroy both of them.’
    • ‘It is a modern-day fairy tale complete with magic, an ogre, brave deeds, and the ultimate triumph of good over evil.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you're a kid, you grow up on fairy tales, witches and giants and ogres.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can be the fairy princess, and I'll be an ogre who's coming to get you.’
    monster, giant, troll, bogeyman, bogey, demon, devil
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    1. 1.1 A cruel or terrifying person.
      • ‘You visit a lot of cities when you're being chased by a giant marketing 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.’
      • ‘It was then that Congress, under the leadership of those great ogres, voted by veto-proof majorities to end the arms embargo.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Why would we want to make them look like angels, when they are really ogres?’
      • ‘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.’
      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.