from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An artificial or natural egg placed in a nest to induce a bird to continue to lay eggs in that place.
- n. A sum of money put by as a reserve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A natural or artificial egg placed in a bird's nest, to encourage the bird to lay its own eggs there.
- n. A savings; a reserve of money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An egg left in the nest to prevent the hen from forsaking it, and to induce her to lay more in the same place.
- n. Money set aside in a special fund to be used for special occasions, or more commonly, for retirement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An egg (natural or artificial) placed or left in a nest to prevent a laying hen from forsaking the nest.
- n. Something laid up as the beginning or nucleus of a continued growth or accumulation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fund of money put by as a reserve
- n. device consisting of an artificial egg left in a nest to induce hens to lay their eggs in it
Sorry, no etymologies found.
"A dickie bird twittered that a certain golden nest egg has flown your coop — to mix metaphors."
Now the serpent is not wise, for any nest egg beguiles him.
Hardworking Americans who invested their nest egg to watch it grow are now watching it disappear.