Green’s Dictionary of Slang

ogle n.

[SE ogle, to leer, appraise]

1. usu. in pl., an eye.

[UK]Head Canting Academy (2nd edn).
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Ogling, [...] The Gentry-mort has rum Ogles, that Lady has charming black Eyes.
[UK]N. Ward Hudibras Redivivus I:6 25: He rowl’d his Ogles with a Grace, / Becoming so a zealous Face.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: ogles Eyes.
[UK]Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: Eyes Ogles.
[UK]J. Poulter Discoveries (1774) 43: Ogles; Eyes.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]H.T. Potter New Dict. Cant (1795).
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]‘One of the Fancy’ Tom Crib’s Memorial to Congress 22: One of GEORGY’S bright ogles was put / On the bankruptcy list, with it shop-windows shut.
[UK]Egan Life in London (1869) 378: Peg, the ballad-singer [...] did not escape the roving eye of tom, upon her winking and leering her ogles at him.
[UK] T. Jones ‘The True Bottom’d Boxer’ in Egan Bk of Sports (1832) 74/1: For the victualling office no favor he’ll ask it, / For smeller and ogles he feels just the same.
[UK] ‘A Chaunt by Slapped-up Kate & Dubber Daff’ in Swell!!! or, Slap-Up Chaunter 47: Her ogles are sharp as a swoddy’s rum dagger.
Sun. Flash (NY) 19 Sept. n.p.: ‘Pitching into’ Miss Muggins, one of whose ogles she swiftly measured for a suit of mourning.
[UK]W.L. Rede Our Village II ii: The idea of sailing without her brought salt water aboard my ogles.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 6 Sept. 4/2: I’ve had my ogle smash’d for nix.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 13:33 11 Apr. 3/1: Some of these fly coppers in piping a place off should keep their ogles out of the sun.
[Aus]Argus (Melbourne) 30 Nov. 5/5: The report [...] is copiously garnished with the slang of the prize ring; the various features of the brutal combatants being designated ‘ogles,’ ‘probosces,’ ‘smellers,’ ‘kissing traps,’ ‘winkers,’ &c.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 38/1: I was obliged to watch for an opportunity to ‘collar’ his ‘ogle’ and telegraph what I could not speak.
[UK]J. Diprose London Life 45: Look to your own ogles.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 19 June 3/2: Winking his dexter ogle at a certain vacant block.
[UK] ‘’Arry on Marriage’ Punch 29 Sept. 156/2: I should [...] / Yank on to one gal, a fair screamer, and yet kep my ogles about.
[US]Times-Democrat (New Orleans, LA) 9 July 3/6: Prize Ring Slang [...] ‘goggles,’ ‘ogles,’ ‘peepers,’ ‘squinters,’ the eyes.
[Aus] (ref. to 1810s–50s) Bulletin (Sydney) 23 July 21/4: The eyes too – ‘dexter goggle,’ ‘damaged ogle,’ ‘sinister peeper,’ ‘left ogle,’ ‘left peeper.’.
[US]A.H. Lewis Confessions of a Detective 206: It’s no fun to see that paper go up, bang! right before your ogles.
[UK](con. 1835–40) P. Herring Bold Bendigo 5: ‘It wouldn’t surprise me if you came out of Jem Burn’s booth with an ogle to match the fogle.’ By which he meant an eye the colour of a dark blue belcher.
[UK]R. Hauser Homosexual Society Appendix 3, 167: Ogles, eyes.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 143: ogles [...] eyes.
[UK] (ref. to 1960s) Baker & Stanley Hello Sailor! 99: Shipmates might talk to each other in Polari about who was fanciable: their dolly eek (pretty face), bona riah (nice hair), fabulosa ogles (fantastic eyes) and shapely lallies (legs).

2. an amorous glance, a frankly sexual stare.

[UK]Vanbrugh Relapse II i: There’s very few of them ever get farther than a Bow and an Ogle.
[UK]S. Centlivre Gamester Act III: The charming Company of half a Dozen Ladies [...] to behold their languishing Ogles with their Eyes.
[UK]J. Addison Fortune Hunter n.p.: When an heiress sees a man throwing particular graces into his ogle... she ought to look to herself [F&H].
[UK]S. Centlivre Artifice Act V: I here dismiss all the Retinue of a formal Lover. Such as Vows, Ogles, Sighs, Drams.
[UK]Fielding Amelia (1926) III 146: He immediately laid siege in form, setting himself down in a lodging directly opposite to her, from whence the battery of ogles began to play the very next morning.
[UK]Bon Ton Mag. Mar. 15/2: The pleading perplexity which a pretty woman always throws her husband into by her amorous ogles.
[UK]‘Peter Pindar’ ‘Out At Last!’ Works (1801) V 132: Art thou a man who dost not care For oglings, squeezes of the Fair.
[UK]Byron Beppo xvi: For glances beget ogles, ogles sighs.
[UK]Thackeray Shabby Genteel Story (1853) 69: Mr. Fitch’s passion was fully developed – as far, that is, as sighs and ogles could give it utterance.
[UK]Thackeray Vanity Fair I 314: ‘Don’t trifle with her affections, you Don Juan!’ ‘Get away,’ said Joe Desley, quite pleased, and leering up at the maid-servant in question with a most killing ogle.
[US]H.L. Williams Gay Life in N.Y. 92: ‘My what nice eyes you’ve got, ain’t you?’ said the fair waitress with an ogle and a leer.
[UK]E.J. Milliken ’Arry Ballads 37: They ain’t in it with ogles and antics and ’ints.
[US]E. Dundy Dud Avocado (1960) 119: The Christmas Tree [...] then turned upon Rollo with an ogle of the most vehement lechery I have ever seen.

3. a scarf [the only cit. may be misprint for fogle n.]

[UK]Carlisle Patriot 8 Feb. 4/1: What a time to get fogles, / Chains, purses and ogles.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 9/2: Crimson colored ‘ogle’ round the neck, a la Byron.

In compounds

ogle fakes (n.) (Polari)


[US]R.O. Scott Gay Sl. Dict. [Internet] ogle-fakes: glasses. This is an example of the polari underground gay language used in the British Merchant Marine.