from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. resembling an ogre
  • adj. cruel and wicked

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling an ogre; having the character or appearance of an ogre; suitable for an ogre.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Resembling or suggestive of an ogre.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I still have some original sketches: in one he's very upright and ogreish, in another he's on all fours and looks like a wild boar.

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  • His mastery of folktale archetypes -- the poor charcoal burner, the ogreish Barrows, the Peter-Pan-like Brother Boy, the strange-eyed girl touched by faerie -- is compelling as well.

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  • Arthur and his affections, clearly this is parental screwing up on an ogreish, fairy-tale level.

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  • Surrounded once again by top-drawer talent including Charles Tingwell (her husband in DRACULA, PRINCE OF DARKNESS), Jack Hedley (THE ANNIVERSARY), and Edwin Richfield (QUATERMASS AND THE PIT), Shelley is here opposed by the ogreish and even more offensively made-up Patrick Wymark (!) as Major Jocomo and Michael Ripper as Lieutenant Tojoko.

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  • This is not the exact frame of the face as it flashes onscreen in THE EXORCIST, which you can see on the cover of the first edition of Mark Kermode's BFI Modern Classics book on the picture; the face in the movie bears much the same pallid, ogreish look as Bergman's Devil.

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  • In The Magic Toyshop, fifteen year old Melanie is forced to make a rapid transition to adulthood when her parents die in an accident and she and her two siblings are forced to move in with their ogreish uncle Phillip and his cowed family.

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  • It was as large as a pig, and its eight thick hairy legs drove its ogreish body over the floor at headlong pace; its four evilly gleaming eyes shone with a horrible intelligence, and its fangs dripped venom that Conan knew, from the burning of his shoulder where only a few drops had splashed as the thing struck and missed, was laden with swift death.

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  • And in the gray light of dawn a mangled, half-devoured corpse fell from the skies into the village street and a whisper of ogreish laughter from high above froze the horrified onlookers.

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  • Jackson is a bully who never holds a grudge, Driscol is a man's man and a "troll" nobody thinks of him as an "ogre" even when he's being ogreish – the characters live in a one-metaphor universe.

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  • As he wiped his dripping whiskers in an ogreish way, he met her eyes, and pausing, said, with no very gentle voice:

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