from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans.
- n. A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A type of brutish giant from folk tales that eats human flesh.
- n. A brutish man whose behavior resembles that of the mythical ogre.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An imaginary monster, or hideous giant of fairy tales, who lived on human beings; hence, any frightful giant; a cruel monster.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In fairy tales and popular legend, a giant or hideous monster of malignant disposition, supposed to live on human flesh; hence, one likened to or supposed to resemble such a monster.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (folklore) a giant who likes to eat human beings
- n. a cruel wicked and inhuman person
French, probably ultimately from Latin Orcus, god of the underworld.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in the 18th century, from French ogre, from Latin Orcus ("god of the underworld"), from Ancient Greek Όρκος (Horkos), the personified demon of oaths (ὅρκος ("oath")) who inflicts punishment upon perjurers. (Wiktionary)