the roundish reproductive body produced by the female of certain animals, as birds and most reptiles, consisting of an ovum and its envelope of albumen, jelly, membranes, , or shell, according to species.
such a body produced by a domestic bird, especially the hen.
the contents of an egg or eggs:
raw egg; fried eggs.
anything resembling a hen’s egg.
Also called egg cell. the female gamete; ovum.
He’s a good egg.
Slang. an aerial bomb.
verb (used with object)
to prepare (food) by dipping in beaten egg.
egg on one’s face, Informal. humiliation or embarrassment resulting from having said or done something foolish or unwise:
They were afraid to back the losing candidate and wind up with egg on their faces.
lay an egg, Informal. to fail wretchedly, especially to be unsuccessful in front of an audience:
He laid an egg as the romantic hero.
put all one’s eggs in one basket, to venture all of something that one possesses in a single enterprise.
walk on eggs, to walk or act very cautiously.
verb (used with object)
to incite or urge; encourage (usually followed by on).
the oval or round reproductive body laid by the females of birds, reptiles, fishes, insects, and some other animals, consisting of a developing embryo, its food store, and sometimes jelly or albumen, all surrounded by an outer shell or membrane
Also called egg cell. any female gamete; ovum
the egg of the domestic hen used as food
something resembling an egg, esp in shape or in being in an early stage of development
(old-fashioned, informal) bad egg
(old-fashioned, informal) good egg
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) lay an egg
put all one’s eggs in one basket, have all one’s eggs in one basket, to stake everything on a single venture
teach one’s grandmother to suck eggs, to presume to teach someone something that he knows already
(informal) with egg on one’s face, made to look ridiculous
to dip (food) in beaten egg before cooking
(US, informal) to throw eggs at
(transitive) usually foll by on. to urge or incite, esp to daring or foolish acts
mid-14c., from northern England dialect, from Old Norse egg, which vied with Middle English eye, eai (from Old English æg) until finally displacing it after 1500; both are from Proto-Germanic *ajja(m) (cf. Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German, German ei, Gothic ada), probably from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- “egg” (cf. Old Church Slavonic aja, Russian jajco, Breton ui, Welsh wy, Greek oon, Latin ovum); possibly derived from root *awi- “bird.” Caxton (15c.) writes of a merchant (probably a north-country man) in a public house on the Thames who asked for eggs:
And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde have hadde egges, and she understode hym not.
She did, however, recognize another customer’s request for “eyren.” Bad egg in the figurative sense is from 1855. To have egg on (one’s) face “be made to look foolish” is attested by 1948.
[Young & Rubincam] realize full well that a crew can sometimes make or break a show. It can do little things to ruin a program or else, by giving it its best, can really get that all-important rating. They are mindful of an emcee of a variety show who already has been tabbed “old egg in your face” because the crew has managed to get him in such awkward positions on the TV screen. [“Billboard,” March 5, 1949]
Eggs Benedict attested by 1898. The figure of speech represented in to have all (one’s) eggs in one basket is attested by 1660s.
c.1200, from Old Norse eggja “to goad on, incite,” from egg “edge” (see edge (n.)). The unrelated verb meaning “to pelt with (rotten) eggs” is from 1857, from egg (n.). Related: Egged; egging.
The female sexual cell or gamete; an ovum.
A female gamete.
bad egg, duck-egg, fried egg, goose egg, hard-boiled egg, have egg on one’s face, lay an egg, nest egg, suck eggs, walk on eggs, you can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs
[first sense altered fr the mid-19th-century term bad egg, ”bad or rotten person”]
(Heb. beytsah, “whiteness”). Eggs deserted (Isa. 10:14), of a bird (Deut. 22:6), an ostrich (Job 39:14), the cockatrice (Isa. 59:5). In Luke 11:12, an egg is contrasted with a scorpion, which is said to be very like an egg in its appearance, so much so as to be with difficulty at times distinguished from it. In Job 6:6 (“the white of an egg”) the word for egg (hallamuth’) occurs nowhere else. It has been translated “purslain” (R.V. marg.), and the whole phrase “purslain-broth”, i.e., broth made of that herb, proverbial for its insipidity; and hence an insipid discourse. Job applies this expression to the speech of Eliphaz as being insipid and dull. But the common rendering, “the white of an egg”, may be satisfactorily maintained.
noun, Architecture. 1. a design for enriching an ovolo or echinus, consisting of a closely set, alternating series of oval and pointed forms. noun (in architecture and cabinetwork) 1.
[eg-bee-ter] /ˈɛgˌbi tər/ noun 1. a small for beating , whipping cream, etc. 2. Slang. a helicopter. /ˈɛɡˌbiːtə/ noun 1. Also called eggwhisk. a kitchen utensil for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc; whisk 2. (mainly US & Canadian) an informal name for helicopter noun
adjective 1. describing egg-bearing animals and birds that have difficulty passing their eggs
- Egg bread
noun a soft corn bread made with eggs and milk; also called batter bread , spoon bread Examples The term egg bread is used in the Carolinas and southern Maryland. Word Origin 1854 Usage Note cooking