egg

noun, often attributive
\ ˈeg How to pronounce egg (audio) , ˈāg \

Definition of egg

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
egg on one's face
: a state of embarrassment or humiliation

egg

verb (1)
egged; egging; eggs

Definition of egg (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to incite to action usually used with on

egg

verb (2)
egged; egging; eggs

Definition of egg (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with egg
2 : to pelt with eggs

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Noun

egg 1a: 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

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from egg

Noun

eggless adjective
eggy \ ˈe-​gē How to pronounce egg (audio) , ˈā-​ \ adjective

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.

First Known Use of egg

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

History and Etymology for egg

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

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

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“Egg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/egg. Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for egg

egg

noun
\ ˈeg How to pronounce egg (audio) , ˈāg \

Kids Definition of egg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an oval or rounded body surrounded by a shell or membrane by which some animals (as birds, fish, insects, and reptiles) reproduce and from which the young hatches out
2 : egg cell
3 : the contents of the egg of a bird and especially a chicken that is eaten as food

egg

verb
egged; egging

Kids Definition of egg (Entry 2 of 2)

: to urge or encourage to do usually something foolish or dangerous … he'd been calling the snake off, not egging it on …— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

egg

noun
\ ˈeg, ˈāg How to pronounce egg (audio) \

Medical Definition of egg

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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