Meaning of EGG in English


egg 1

— eggless , adj. — eggy , adj.

/eg/ , n.

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.

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

3. the contents of an egg or eggs: raw egg; fried eggs.

4. anything resembling a hen's egg.

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

6. Informal. person: He's a good egg.

7. Slang. an aerial bomb.

8. egg on one's face , Informal. humiliation or embarrassment resulting from having said or done something foolish or unwise: They were afraid to back the losing candidate and wind up with egg on their faces.

9. lay an egg , Informal. to fail wretchedly, esp. to be unsuccessful in front of an audience: He laid an egg as the romantic hero.

10. put all one's eggs in one basket , to venture all of something that one possesses in a single enterprise.

11. walk on eggs , to walk or act very cautiously.


12. to prepare (food) by dipping in beaten egg.

[ bef. 900; ME ey, OE aeg, G Ei egg; akin to L ovum, Gk oión egg ]

Pronunciation . EGG, like beg, leg, and other words where "short e" precedes a "hard g" sound, is pronounced with the vowel /e/ of bet and let, except in parts of New England and the South Midland and southern U.S., where these words are frequently said with /-ayg/ , to rhyme with vague and plague, especially in the speech of the less educated. This raising of /e/ to a higher vowel /ay/ , articulated with the upper surface of the tongue closer to the palate, also occurs before /zh/ , as in measure, pleasure, and treasure.

egg 2

/eg/ , v.t.

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

[ 1150-1200; ME eggja to incite, deriv. of egg EDGE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .