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

  • n. A female gamete; an ovum. Also called egg cell.
  • n. The round or oval female reproductive body of various animals, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, and insects, consisting usually of an embryo surrounded by nutrient material and a protective covering.
  • n. The oval, thin-shelled reproductive body of a bird, especially that of a hen, used as food.
  • n. Something having the ovoid shape of an egg.
  • n. Slang A fellow; a person: He's a good egg.
  • transitive v. To cover with beaten egg, as in cooking.
  • transitive v. Slang To throw eggs at.
  • idiom egg on (one's) face Informal Embarrassment; humiliation: If you do that, you'll end up with egg on your face.
  • idiom lay an egg Informal To fail, especially in a public performance.
  • idiom put Informal To risk everything on a single venture.
  • transitive v. To encourage or incite to action. Used with on: The racing fans egged their favorites on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, snakes, insects and other animals housing the embryo during its development.
  • n. The egg of a domestic fowl as an item of food.
  • n. The contents of one or more (hen's usually) eggs as a culinary ingredient, etc.
  • n. The female primary cell, the ovum.
  • n. Something shaped like an egg, such as an Easter egg or a chocolate egg.
  • n. A swelling on one's head, usually large or noticeable, associated with an injury.
  • n. , (potentially offensive) A person of Caucasian (Western) ancestry, who has a strong desire to learn about and immerse him- or herself in East Asian culture, and/or such a person who is perceived as behaving as if he or she were Asian (from the "white" outside and "yellow" inside).
  • n. (pejorative) A foolish or obnoxious person.
  • n. In terms such as good egg, bad egg, tough egg etc., a person, fellow.
  • v. To throw eggs at.
  • v. To dip in or coat with beaten egg (cooking).
  • v. To distort a circular cross-section (as in a tube) to an elliptical or oval shape, either inadvertently or intentionally.
  • v. To encourage, incite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The oval or roundish body laid by domestic poultry and other birds, tortoises, etc. It consists of a yolk, usually surrounded by the “white” or albumen, and inclosed in a shell or strong membrane.
  • n. A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell.
  • n. Anything resembling an egg in form.
  • transitive v. To urge on; to instigate; to incite�

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To apply eggs to; cover or mix with eggs, as cutlets, fish, bread, etc., in cooking.
  • To pelt with eggs.
  • To incite or urge; encourage; instigate; provoke: now nearly always with on.
  • n. The body formed in the females of all animals (with the exception of a few of the lowest type, which are reproduced by gemmation or division), in which, by impregnation, the development of the fetus takes place; an ovum, ovule, or egg-cell; the procreative product of the female, corresponding to the sperm, sperm-cell, or spermatozoön of the male.
  • n. Something like or likened to an egg in shape.
  • n. [The egg was used by the early Christians as a symbol of the hope of the resurrection. The use of eggs at Easter has, doubtless, reference to the same idea. Eggs of marble have been found in the tombs of early Christians.]
  • n. In cricket, no score; zero; a duck's egg.

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

  • n. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens
  • n. oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food
  • n. animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds
  • v. throw eggs at
  • v. coat with beaten egg


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

Middle English egge, bird's egg, from Old Norse egg; see awi- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English eggen, from Old Norse eggja; see ak- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg ("egg"), from Proto-Germanic *ajjan (“egg”), by Holtzmann's Law from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm (“egg”). Cognate with Icelandic egg ("egg"), Norwegian egg ("egg"), Swedish ägg ("egg"), Danish æg ("egg"). The native English ey (pl. eyren), akin to Dutch ei (pl. eieren) and German Ei (pl. Eier) survived into the 16th century before being fully replaced by egg. More at ey.

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From Old Norse eggja ("to edge").


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  • egg on ( from Old Norse eggja "to goad on, incite," from egg "edge")

    as opposed to an egg easy over....and not over the edge

    February 8, 2013

  • I like my coffee scrambled.

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  • Used in the Same Context:

    beef · butter · chicken · coffee · corn · cup · dish

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