ogre (n.) "man-eating giant," 1713, hogre (in a translation of a French version of the Arabian Nights), from Fr. ogre, first used in Perrault's "Contes," 1697, and perhaps formed by him from It. orco "demon, monster," from L. Orcus "Hades," perhaps via an Italian dialect. In English, more literary than colloquial. The conjecture that it is from Byzantine Ogur "Hungarian" or some other version of that people's name (perhaps via confusion with the bloodthirsty Huns), lacks historical evidence. Related: Ogrish; ogrishness.

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