Definitions for EGGɛg

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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, egg case, or shell, according to species.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  2. such a body produced by a domestic bird, esp. the hen.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  3. the contents of an egg.

    Category: Cooking

  4. something resembling a hen's egg.

  5. Also called egg′ cell`. the female gamete; ovum.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  6. Informal. a person:

    He's a good egg.

    Category: Informal

  7. (v.t.)to prepare (food) by dipping in beaten egg.

    Category: Cooking

Idioms for egg:

  1. egg on one's face,conspicuous embarrassment caused by one's own indiscretion or faux pas.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. lay an egg,Informal. to fail wretchedly.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  3. walk on eggs,to act with extreme caution.

    Category: Idiom

* Pron: egg , like beg and other words where “short e” precedes a “hard g” sound, is pronounced with the vowel (e) of bet except in parts of New England and the South Midland and southern U.S., where these words are frequently said with (-āg), to rhyme with vague and plague. This use of (ā) for (e) occurs esp. in the speech of the less educated and is also heard before (zh), as in measure, pleasure, and treasure.

Origin of egg:

1350–1400; ME < ON; r. ME ey, OE ǣg, OS, OHG ei, Crimean Go ada; akin to L ōvum, Gk ōión egg



  1. to incite or urge; encourage (usu. fol. by on).

Origin of egg:

1150–1200; ME < ON eggja to incite, der. of eggedge

Princeton's WordNet

  1. egg(noun)

    animal reproductive body consisting of an ovum or embryo together with nutritive and protective envelopes; especially the thin-shelled reproductive body laid by e.g. female birds

  2. egg, eggs(noun)

    oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food

  3. testis, testicle, orchis, ball, ballock, bollock, nut, egg(verb)

    one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens

    "she kicked him in the balls and got away"

  4. egg(verb)

    throw eggs at

  5. egg(verb)

    coat with beaten egg

    "egg a schnitzel"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. egg(noun)ɛg

    an oval food from a chicken

    3 eggs and 1/2 cup of butter; a boiled/fried egg

  2. eggɛg

    an object produced by a female animal that contains her baby

    to lay eggs

  3. eggɛg

    a cell produced by a female that can develop into a baby

    ***The sperm fertilizes the egg.

  4. eggɛg

    to be embarrassed because sth you try to do fails

Webster Dictionary

  1. Egg(noun)

    the oval or roundish body laid by domestic poultry and other birds, tortoises, etc. It consists of a yolk, usually surrounded by the "white" or albumen, and inclosed in a shell or strong membrane

  2. Egg(noun)

    a simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell

  3. Egg(noun)

    anything resembling an egg in form

  4. Egg(verb)

    to urge on; to instigate; to incite/


  1. Egg

    In zoology, an egg is an organic vessel in which an embryo first begins to develop. In most birds, reptiles, insects, molluscs, fish, and monotremes, an egg is the zygote, resulting from fertilization of the ovum, which is expelled from the body and permitted to develop outside the body until the developing embryo can survive on its own. The term "egg" is used differently outside the animal kingdom, for an egg cell. Reproductive structures similar to the egg in other kingdoms are termed spores, or seeds. Oviparous animals are animals that lay eggs, with little or no other development within the mother. The study or collecting of eggs, particularly bird eggs, is called oology. Reptile eggs, bird eggs, and monotreme eggs, which are laid out of water, are surrounded by a protective shell, either flexible or inflexible. The special membranes that support these eggs are traits of all amniotes, including mammals. Eggs laid on land or in nests are usually kept within a favourable temperature range while the embryo grows. When the embryo is adequately developed it breaks out of the egg's shell. This breaking out is known as hatching. Baby animals which have just hatched are hatchlings, though standard names for babies of particular species continue to apply, such as chick for a baby chicken. Some embryos have a temporary egg tooth with which to crack, pip, or break the eggshell or covering.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. egg

    The binary code that is the payload for buffer overflow and format string attacks. Typically, an egg written in assembly and designed to enable remote access or escalate privileges from an ordinary user account to administrator level when it hatches. Also known as shellcode. The name comes from a particular buffer-overflow exploit that was co-written by a cracker named eggplant. The variable name ‘egg’ was used to store the payload. The usage spread from people who saw and analyzed the code.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. EGG

    A wholesome, yet fowl, product, of no use until broken. Sometimes a cure for indigestion or bad acting.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EGG' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4095

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EGG' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1952

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EGG' in Nouns Frequency: #753

Translations for EGG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an oval object usually covered with shell, laid by a bird, reptile etc, from which a young one is hatched

The female bird is sitting on the eggs in the nest.

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