from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To look or stare at, especially in a desirous manner.
  • intransitive verb To look or stare, especially desirously.
  • noun A sustained look or stare, especially a desirous one.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To view with amorous or coquettish glances, as in fondness or with a design to attract notice.
  • To cast glances as in fondness or with a design to attract notice.
  • noun A coquettish or amorous glance or look.
  • noun plural Eyes.
  • noun An owl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An amorous side glance or look.
  • transitive verb To view or look at with side glances, as in fondness, or with a design to attract notice.
  • transitive verb To stare at conspicuously or impertinently.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive , (intransitive) To stare at (someone or something), especially impertinently, amorously, or covetously.
  • noun An impertinent, flirtatious, amorous or covetous stare.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb look at with amorous intentions


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps from Low German oghelen, oegeln, frequentative of oegen, to eye, from oghe, oge, eye; see okw- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle Dutch *ooghelen, oeghelen ("to ogle"), frequentative form of oogen ("to eye"); or from Middle Low German ogelen ("to look at, ogle"), frequentative of ogen, ougen ("to eye, see"), equivalent to og- +‎ -le. Compare German äugeln ("to ogle"). More at eye, -le.



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  • Pronunciation:

    \ˈ�?-gəl also ˈä-\


    probably from Low German oegeln, from oog eye; akin to Old High German ouga eye

    intransitive verb : to glance with amorous invitation or challenge

    transitive verb 1 : to eye amorously or provocatively 2 : to look at especially with greedy or interested attention

    October 24, 2007

  • I'm glad to see Merriam Webster listing both pronunciations; I had a friend who always gave me shit because I prefer the latter.

    October 24, 2007

  • I didn't know this word. I like it. We (Spanish speakers) haven't a word with a similar meaning, so we have to use idioms to express the same that ogle.

    By the way, your posting style in Wordie reminds me of... my own posts! ;-)

    October 24, 2007

  • I use both pronunciations, which makes me a bit strange, I'd imagine.

    October 24, 2007

  • This word always reminds me of Stranger Than Fiction. If you haven't seen it, you must. It was *made* for Wordies.

    October 24, 2007

  • Whenever I see this word I think "baby ogre".

    October 24, 2007

  • Haha!

    October 24, 2007

  • looked a little as if Camilla, who was a very good companion, ogled at me with no questionable meaning.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 16

    September 12, 2008

  • I love google. I ogle google very amorously on a daily basis, because you never know what you'll find next.

    March 1, 2009

  • A quick informal poll: Do you pronounce this OH-gul, OGG-ul, or OO-gul? Or some fourth way?

    I've always said OGG-ul. Today I heard OO-gul for the first time, and OO-gul made me giggle.

    August 19, 2012