egg

1 of 3

noun

ˈeg How to pronounce egg (audio)
ˈāg
often attributive
1
a
: the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken
also : its contents used as food
b
: an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence
c
: ovum
2
: something resembling an egg
3
: person, sort
a good egg
eggless adjective
eggy
ˈe-gē How to pronounce egg (audio)
ˈā-
adjective

Illustration of egg

Illustration of egg
  • 1 shell
  • 2 outer shell membrane
  • 3 inner shell membrane
  • 4 air space
  • 5 chalaza
  • 6 albumen or white layers
  • 7 yolk layers
  • 8 blastodisc
  • 9 vitelline membrane

egg

2 of 3

verb (1)

egged; egging; eggs

transitive verb

: to incite to action
usually used with on

egg

3 of 3

verb (2)

egged; egging; eggs

transitive verb

1
: to cover with egg
2
: to pelt with eggs
Phrases
egg on one's face
: a state of embarrassment or humiliation

Examples of egg in a Sentence

Noun The egg will hatch about 10 days after it is laid. the smell of rotten eggs I bought a carton of eggs. a batter made from flour and egg The egg is fertilized by the sperm. Verb (1) though exhausted, I was egged on by spectators to finish the marathon
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
String the eggs onto 16-gauge wire, allowing an extra inch at each end. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 May 2024 Our list included a number of designs, such as the love egg, bullet, wand, beads, and anal plug. Emma Lowrie, Miami Herald, 23 May 2024 To the lemon sugar, add the eggs, whisking until well combined. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2024 Browns are looking to gorge themselves and often key in on the fattiest food source—eggs. Max Inchausti, Field & Stream, 22 May 2024 As for internal steps, nail supplements and eating vitamin-rich eggs, nuts, seeds, leafy greens and fish can help. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 22 May 2024 Their sandwich choices include truffle brie and caviar deviled egg. Dorothy Elder, Orange County Register, 20 May 2024 During perimenopause, the number of eggs in the ovaries starts to dwindle. Korin Miller, Health, 19 May 2024 This calcium supplement is vegan and free from wheat, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, fillers, preservatives, and sweeteners. Melissa Nieves, Verywell Health, 17 May 2024
Verb
Four juveniles egged and TPed a house, then drove by multiple times. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, 15 Apr. 2024 Advertisement Think of Jets and Sharks decked out in buckskins or Yankee blue, ambling down our grubby streets, swapping mad-dog stares or whistling a few bars of those taunting tunes — pushing, egging, daring someone to start something. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 Geyser stabbed Leutner repeatedly while Weier egged her on. CBS News, 11 Apr. 2024 Playing Braff’s onscreen father is William Fichtner, egging him on to put a ring on it. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 That was certainly true on Tuesday, with Watts the boisterous cheerleader egging people on with arms, eyebrows and expressions. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2024 After two armed men dressed in black enter, Gardner eggs them on despite their hesitancy to engage with her. William Vaillancourt, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2024 But Russia will still egg the axis on, encouraging its anti-American designs and working to make its attacks more effective. Hamidreza Azizi, Foreign Affairs, 14 Feb. 2024 While crossing, the singer’s travel companion waited across the street, egging her on. Essence, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg; akin to Old English ǣg egg, Latin ovum, Greek ōion

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Old Norse eggja; akin to Old English ecg edge — more at edge

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of egg was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Egg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egg. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

egg

1 of 2 verb
: to incite to action : urge
usually used with on
egged us on to fight

egg

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: a hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by domestic poultry
also : its contents used as food
b
: a reproductive body produced by an animal and consisting of an ovum with its food-containing and protecting envelopes and being capable of development into a new individual
c
: a germ cell produced by a female

called also ovum

2
: something shaped like an egg
darning egg
Etymology

Verb

Old Norse eggja "to incite"

Noun

Middle English egge "egg," from early Norse egg (same meaning)

Medical Definition

egg

noun
1
: the hard-shelled reproductive body produced by a bird and especially by the common domestic chicken (Gallus gallus)
2
: an animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum together with its nutritive and protective envelopes and having the capacity to develop into a new individual capable of independent existence
3
: ovum

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