American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Boiled in the shell to a soft consistency. Used of an egg.
- adj. Informal Softhearted; lenient.
- adj. Informal Sentimental.
- adj. of a boiled egg cooked to a soft consistency with the yolk still runny
- adj. softhearted or sentimental
- adj. easily moved to pity or sorrow
- adj. (eggs) having the yolk still liquid
“For instance, one of the more challenging questions on my final exam was to name "soft-boiled egg" in several languages I came up with three and passed.”
“It's just that I'm wondering if she is planning to stop by to feed the dogs and cats twice a day for the dogs release the hounds three or four times a day, and make me a soft-boiled egg and toast occasionally.”
“I'm a terribly irresponsible eater —I love soft-boiled eggs and chocolate.”
“The soup was also lukewarm and the soft-boiled egg was cold in the middle.”
“In this bowl will be a pile of ramen noodles, slow-cooked and richly seasoned teriyaki chicken, broccolini and a soft-boiled egg.”
“His salad, comprised of a pickled carrot and onion salad, preserved fish and a soft-boiled egg, is based on an appetizer he recently served at Sitka & Spruce.”
“The playwright Alan Bennett, in his diaries, once shrewdly identified the basic requirements for being declared a national treasure: reaching the age of 90 and being able to eat a soft-boiled egg.”
“Chorizo and barbacoa (goat) tacos were doled out, and another with rice and soft-boiled eggs for the self-proclaimed pescatarian in the group (that would be one of the Aussies, Ms. Maynard).”
“Even £7.50 for a plate of very good smoked salmon, scattered with rounds of sweet, crunchy pickled cucumber and halved soft-boiled quail eggs, doesn't seem extortionate.”
“This symposium, this format of collaboration, is one way of setting a new educational standard among ourselves, one that goes beyond simply naming soft-boiled eggs.”
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