- eggegg1 [eg]n.[ME < ON, replacing native ey < OE æg, akin to Ger ei (pl. eier), prob. < IE base * owjom-, * ojom-, of a bird (> L ovum, Gr ōion) < * awei-, bird (> L avis)]1. the oval or round body laid by a female bird, fish, reptile, insect, etc., containing a supply of nutrients, a protective membrane, and, when fertilized, the embryo of a new individual: many kinds of eggs have a thin, brittle shell as an outer covering2. a reproductive cell produced by a female animal or plant; ovum: also called egg cell3. the egg of a domestic fowl; specif., the liquid contents of a hen's egg, as used in cooking4. a thing resembling a hen's egg5. Slang a person [he's a good egg]vt.1. to mix or cover with the yolk or white of eggs, as in cooking☆ 2. Informal to throw eggs at——————egg on one's faceInformal embarrassment due to an obvious blunder——————☆ lay an eggInformal to fail completely: said of a joke, theatrical performance, entertainer, etc.——————put all one's eggs in one basket or have all one's eggs in one basketto risk all that one has on a single venture, method, etc.egg2 [eg]vt.[ME eggen < ON eggja, lit., to give edge to < egg, EDGE]to urge or incite: with on
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