Adjective "egg" definition and examples

(Egg may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ɛɡ/

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Definitions and examples

noun

An oval or round object laid by a female bird, reptile, fish, or invertebrate, usually containing a developing embryo. The eggs of birds are enclosed in a chalky shell, while those of reptiles are in a leathery membrane.
  1. 'Females ready to lay fertilized eggs always seem eager to lay them on other bugs, regardless of their sex.'
  2. 'When most birds incubate eggs, the females often produce high levels of prolactin, a hormone involved in parental behavior.'
  3. 'The European cuckoo has several races or ‘gentes,’ each of which lays an egg of a different color or pattern to match its most common host or hosts.'
  4. 'Brood parasites in general lay eggs with shells thicker than those of their hosts.'
  5. 'The bulk of flu vaccine production today is done using fertilized chicken eggs and takes months.'
  6. 'Clutch size is the number of eggs in a clutch of an average-sized female.'
  7. 'Successfully incubated eggs hatch about two months later.'
  8. 'Larval fish break open their egg with their tail and swim free.'
  9. 'To this day, many reptiles bury their eggs, whereas nearly all birds leave them exposed.'
  10. 'The saga begins as female wasps wriggle into an unripe fig through a small hole at the end and lay eggs in developing flowers inside.'
  11. 'Some amphibians and fish lay eggs in clusters, with the outer ones protecting the inner ones.'
  12. 'In general, birds require at least one day to lay an egg, and many species delay incubation until their entire clutch is laid.'
  13. mass noun 'egg and bacon'
  14. 'Protein-rich foods include meats, eggs and dairy products, as well as legumes and nuts.'
  15. 'People exist on sausage, bread, eggs, maybe some chicken, things like that.'
  16. 'Place sweetbreads on plate and top with poached quail egg.'
  17. 'I had a fried goose egg for lunch.'
  18. 'Patrick scooped two fried eggs onto each plate.'
  19. 'Instead, for long-term mental performance, you need protein-rich foods like eggs and peanut butter.'
  20. 'She forgets she had a hard-boiled egg for breakfast.'
  21. 'So David cooked up a wonderfully greasy breakfast, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, fried bread, our first fry-up for months!'
  22. 'The breakfast buffet has everything from bacon and eggs to fruit, juices, pastries and cereals.'
  23. 'Back home I did us a nice late breakfast of poached eggs on toast.'
  24. 'chocolate eggs'
  25. 'Hundreds of chocolate Easter eggs were delivered to sick children at a Bristol hospital by kind-hearted bikers.'
  26. 'We'll exchange chocolate eggs and in that exchange will go our hopes for new life and peace in a troubled world.'
  27. 'Winners were given chocolate eggs and a basket of Easter treats.'
  28. 'The tradition of giving a chocolate egg to mark the end of Lent dates back to the 19th century and shows little sign of waning.'
  29. 'She also has some chocolate eggs ready for her family members, schoolmates and a neighbourhood friend she thinks will show up.'
  30. 'There are sinful treats such as chocolate eggs, hot cross buns, Easter saffron cake, and ginger cookies.'
  31. 'At Easter, my five-year-old received £16 as well as a cupboard-full of chocolate eggs.'
  32. 'Today Lent is over and chocolate eggs are about to be opened.'
  33. 'The school held an Easter egg raffle in which more than 50 chocolate eggs were won by pupils, with money raised going towards school funds.'
  34. 'I'm sure they had a cracking Easter with all those chocolate eggs.'
The female reproductive cell in animals and plants; an ovum.
  1. 'Scientists are harvesting stem cells from fertilized human eggs and doing experiments to develop medical cures.'
  2. 'Scientists said yesterday that they had grown an unlimited supply of eggs from embryonic stem cells taken from both male and female embryos.'
A decorative oval moulding, used alternately with triangular shapes.
  1. 'The eggs are sometimes divided by an anchor or dart, as in the accompanying example.'
A person of a specified kind.
  1. 'But most thought only of combatting corruption and getting rid of the bad eggs.'
  2. 'Dealing with a really bad egg, Wilson said, gobbles up time.'
  3. 'Like anything else, there are bad eggs in the bunch.'
  4. 'When police arrested those identified to be culpable in the riots, it was only normal that bad eggs should be separated from good ones.'
  5. 'The admission by the council that it is infested with some bad eggs which are to be rooted out is a good starting point in dealing with the matter.'
  6. 'It is encouraging to see that Inspector-General of Police is determined to clean up the force whose image was being dented by a few bad eggs.'
  7. 'Her husband was the bad egg in the family.'
  8. 'It's a shame that one bad egg can ruin it for everyone.'
  9. 'A few bad eggs are behind the trouble, the rest just happen to have nowhere better to be.'
  10. 'The festive period will only be enjoyable when we all work with the police to rid our communities of the bad eggs.'

verb

Encourage someone to do something foolish or risky.
  1. 'Blind-folded and with the crowd egging him on, the wand in his hand moved in the air swiftly and continuously in search of that elusive pot.'
  2. 'My sister, who's more of a soul girl, is disgusted that this drunken, unshaved punk letch in a battered leather jacket is trying it on and that her skinhead brother's egging him on.'
  3. 'Another was in the vicinity, egging him on with shouts.'
  4. 'Only last Saturday they were egging me on to buy four-inch heel patent-leather sandals in the window at Dolcis.'
  5. 'The other patrons were terrifically entertained, egging him on; not a dissenting view was heard.'
  6. 'You can't help but warm to her, sharing her enjoyment and egging her on.'
  7. 'Most regular readers of this blog can do their own ‘tut-tutting’ without me egging them on.'
  8. 'When the Prime Minister is saying that we should all look at this in a calm, sensible and measured way his deputy stands up and starts egging us on, trying to get people to respond and wind people up.'
  9. 'My pal's front room was packed, the audience egging me on so to speak, as I downed the first few in quick succession.'
  10. 'She is calling out to the other two, who are some distance behind her, egging them on with visions of cold beer and hot barbecued oysters at the end of the hike…'

More definitions

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, especially 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 bo

More examples(as adjective)

"situations can be egg."

"arguments can be egg."

"yolks can be egg."

"whites can be egg."

"problems can be egg."

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Origin

(egg)Middle English: from Old Norse eggja ‘incite’.

Phrase

don't put all your eggs in one basket
go suck an egg
kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
lay an egg
with egg on one's face