• enPR: ĕg, IPA: /ɛɡ/
  • (also) enPR: āg, IPA: /eɪɡ/ (some Canadian and US accents)

egg (plural eggs)

  1. (zoology, countable) An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, reptiles, insects and other animals, housing the embryo during its development.
  2. (countable, uncountable) The egg of a domestic fowl (especially a hen) or its contents, used as food.
    I also determine the minimal amount of egg required to make good mayonnaise.
    We made a big omelette with three eggs.
    The farmer offered me some fresh eggs, but I told him I was allergic to egg.
  3. (biology, countable) The female primary cell, the ovum.
  4. Anything shaped like an egg, such as an Easter egg or a chocolate egg.
  5. A swelling on one's head, usually large or noticeable, associated with an injury.
  6. (slang, mildly, pejorative, potentially offensive) A Caucasian who behaves as if they were (East) Asian (from being "white" outside and "yellow" inside).
  7. (NZ, pejorative) A foolish or obnoxious person.
    Shut up, you egg!
  8. (informal) A person, fellow.
    • 1991, Stephen Fry, The Liar, p. 19:
      ‘Tom,’ he said, ‘you are looking at a crushed violet, a spent egg, a squeezed tube.’
    good egg
    bad egg
    tough egg
  9. (LGBT, slang) A person who is regarded as having not yet realized they are transgender, has not yet come out, or is in the early stages of transitioning.
    • 2018, Casey Plett, Little Fish (ISBN 9781551527208), page 24:
      That fits, though, she thought. Wear the same outfit day after day, your brain gets numb to how it looks or feels—Wendy shut the album. No. […] She hated analyzing the whys of [not-out] trans girls. She had always hated it, and she hated how easy it had become; the bottomless hole of egg mode.
  10. (computing) One of the blocks of data injected into a program's address space for use by certain forms of shellcode, such as "omelettes".
    • 2015, Herbert Bos, ‎Fabian Monrose, ‎Gregory Blanc, Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses: 18th International Symposium
      This approach would be altered for an optimal omelette based exploit. One would spray the heap with the omelette code solely, then load a single copy of the additional shellcode eggs into memory outside the target region for the spray.

egg (eggs, present participle egging; past and past participle egged)

  1. To throw eggs at.
  2. (cooking) To dip in or coat with beaten egg.
  3. To distort a circular cross-section (as in a tube) to an elliptical or oval shape, either inadvertently or intentionally.
    After I cut the tubing, I found that I had slightly egged it in the vise.
  • French: jeter des oeufs
  • Portuguese: jogar ovos em
  • Spanish: lanzar huevos a, tirar huevos a

egg (eggs, present participle egging; past and past participle egged)

  1. (transitive, obsolete except in egg on) To encourage, incite.
    • 14th c., William Langland, Piers Plowman, Passus 1,
      Þerinne wonieth a wiȝte · þat wronge is yhote
      Fader of falshed · and founded it hym-selue
      Adam and Eue · he egged to ille
      Conseilled caym · to kullen his brother
    • 1571, Arthur Golding, The Psalmes of David and others. With M. John Calvins Commentaries, “Epistle Dedicatorie,”
      […] yit have wee one thing in our selves and of our selves (even originall sinne, concupiscence or lust) which never ceaseth too egge us and allure us from God […]
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. (automotive, informal) A Koenigsegg car.

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