noun, Slang: Usually Disparaging.
(informal) an intellectual; highbrow
1907, “bald person,” from egg (n.) + head (n.). Sense of “intellectual” is attested from 1918, among Chicago newspapermen; popularized by U.S. syndicated columnist Stewart Alsop in 1952 in reference to Adlai Stevenson’s presidential campaign.
Adlai Stevenson once told what it was like to be the rare intellectual in politics. “Via ovicapitum dura est,” he said, the way of the egghead is hard. [New York Times, Oct. 28, 1982]
[second sense presumably fr the putative high, domed, egg-shaped heads of such persons; the term was used in a letter of Carl Sandburg about 1918]
[eg-hed-id] /ˈɛgˌhɛd ɪd/ adjective, Slang: Usually Disparaging. 1. of or befitting an .
- Egg in your beer
A bonus, something for nothing, as in What do you want—egg in your beer? This expression dates from about 1940 and became widespread during World War II. The origin is unknown, since adding egg to beer does not improve the taste.
[eg] /ɛg/ noun 1. 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. 2. such a body produced by a domestic bird, especially the hen. 3. the contents of an egg […]
/ˈɛɡlə/ noun 1. (archaic or dialect) an egg dealer: sometimes itinerant