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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Add oil, eggs, and vanilla; mix at medium speed until combined, about 2 minutes. Liv Dansky, Southern Living, 28 Feb. 2024 But when the eggs were laid, Lewis didn’t help incubate them, the nonprofit documented. Helena Wegner, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 One parent claimed in a 2014 issue of the American Montessori Society’s magazine that her 3-year-old twins regularly cooked dishes such as scrambled eggs, biscuits, butter shrimp, and fried rice for the whole family—and then cleaned up afterward. Kate Cray, The Atlantic, 27 Feb. 2024 Some food categories grew more slowly than historic averages, including beef, eggs, fruits and vegetables. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 27 Feb. 2024 Bed bugs will lay eggs in dirty clothing but hate the heat, so wash and dry your laundry on the hottest temperature setting when returning from a trip. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024 Participants who received omalizumab were also more likely to tolerate other allergens such as cashew, egg and milk than the placebo group, the study said. Amanda Musa, CNN, 25 Feb. 2024 Here’s the Comfy Secret to Your Ultimate Relaxation Corner Curl up in this stunning Best Choice Products wicker egg chair, perfect for your living room or outdoor area. Micaela Arnett, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Fresh chives and dill liven up the egg mixture, and blanched asparagus tips add spring color. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 15 Feb. 2024
Verb
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 The five bad-mouthed birds seemed to be egging each other on, prompting staffers to separate them and send each one to a different area of the zoo. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Jan. 2024 When juvenile pranksters were caught egging homes in Florida last week, the local sheriff's office used an old-fashioned solution as a punishment. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 16 Jan. 2024 After losing in a ping pong match, the 43-year-old Average Expectations author believes his ex is egging him on by congratulating the winner of the game right in front of him. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2023 Licht — with Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav clearly egging him on — cut hundreds of positions, scuttled a nascent streaming service called CNN+ and made questionable programming moves such as placing the provocative Don Lemon on the network’s early-morning program. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 24 Aug. 2023 There’s a much greater chance that his rhetoric would be hugely inflammatory, urging Israel to crush Hamas without regard for innocent Palestinian lives, as well as egging Hezbollah into the conflict. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023 Salmon has said that Lester’s home was egged and spray-painted after the shooting. Heather Hollingsworth, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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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 4 Mar. 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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