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Usage statistics for the noun egg:

conversational speech79.61%task-oriented speech20.39%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun egg:


The word egg is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun egg

What does egg mean as a name of something?

Egg is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: eggs

  1. 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
    • lexical domain: Animals - nouns denoting animals
    • more generic terms: egg cell / ovum = the female reproductive cell
    • more specific terms:
      • nit = egg or young of an insect parasitic on mammals especially a sucking louse
      • spawn = the mass of eggs deposited by fish or amphibians or molluscs
      • roe = the eggs or egg-laden ovary of a fish
      • silkworm seed = eggs of a silkworm
      • roe = eggs of female fish
    • parts:
      • chalaza = one of two spiral bands of tissue connecting the egg yolk to the enclosing membrane at either end of the shell
      • vitellus / yolk = nutritive material of an ovum stored for the nutrition of an embryo
  2. oval reproductive body of a fowl (especially a hen) used as food
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of egg: eggs
    • more generic terms: food product / foodstuff = a substance that can be used or prepared for use as food
    • parts:
    • substance: protein = any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells; consist of polymers of amino acids; essential in the diet of animals for growth and for repair of tissues
  3. one of the two male reproductive glands that produce spermatozoa and secrete androgens

Alternative definition of the noun egg


  1. [context: zoology, countable] An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, snakes, insects and other animals housing the embryo during its development.
  2. [countable] The 'egg' of a domestic fowl as an item of food.
  3. [uncountable] The contents of one or more (hen's usually) eggs as a culinary ingredient, etc.
  4. [context: biology, countable] The female primary cell, the ovum.
  5. Something shaped like an egg, such as an Easter egg or a chocolate egg.
  6. A swelling on one's head, usually large or noticeable, associated with an injury.
  7. [context: mildly pejorative, slang] [context: potentially offensive] A person of Caucasian (Western) ancestry, who has a strong desire to learn about and immerse him- or herself in East Asian culture, and/or such a person who is perceived as behaving as if he or she were Asian.
  8. [NZ] [context: pejorative] A foolish or obnoxious person.

Definition of the verb egg

What does egg mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: egged | egging | eggs

  1. throw eggs at
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: bombard / pelt = cast, hurl, or throw repeatedly with some missile
  2. coat with beaten egg

Alternative definition of the verb egg


  1. To throw 'eggs' at.
  2. To dip in or coat with beaten 'egg' (cooking).
  3. To distort a circular cross-section (as in a tube) to an elliptical or oval shape, either inadvertently or intentionally.
  4. [obsolete except in egg on] To encourage, incite.


  1. Egg were an English progressive rock band formed in January 1969.
  2. Egg is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Egg hunt, Moss Egg, Igor's Egg, 2 Dollar Egg, Standing Egg, Shugo Chara Egg!, super egg machine and Caroliner Rainbow Scrambled Egg Taken for a Wife.


  1. Egg a.k.a. Edward R. Murrow KBE was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States.
  2. Egg a.k.a. Butsakon Tantiphana or Egg, is a Thai actress, singer, teen idol and MC of the Thai Television Channel 3.
  3. Egg a.k.a. Kanawat Chantaralawan is an actor.
  4. Egg a.k.a. Egg Waratham is the son of Varuth Waratham.

There are other people with in their name, like Durs Egg, Nigel Egg, Oscar Egg, Augustus Egg, DJ Scotch Egg, Estelinha Egg, Antonio Brack Egg, Georg Härnsten Egg and many others.


  1. "Egg": Egg is the 1970 debut album of British prog rock band Egg.
    • also known as Egg (album)
    • genre: Progressive rock
    • released on (45 years ago)
  2. "Egg" is a musical album of POWERSOLO.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  3. "Egg" is a musical album of Zilla.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Egg" is a composition.
  5. "Egg" is a musical album of HiM.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  6. "egg" is a musical album of digitalTRAFFIC.
    • released on (9 years ago)


  1. "Egg" is a 2008 JBF Awards nominee book by Patrick Mikanowski and Lyndsay Mikanowski.
  2. "Egg" is a book by M. P. Robertson.
  3. "Egg" is a book by Seiko Tachibana.


  1. "Egg" is a 2007 Turkish-Greek drama film directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu. The film is the first instalment of the Yusuf Trilogy, named after the eponymous lead character of the series, which includes Milk and Honey, filmed and released in reverse chronological order. It was shown Directors' Fortnight at the 60th Cannes Film Festival.
  2. "Egg" is a film, written and directed by Danniel Danniel.
  3. "Egg" is a 2011 short comedy drama film written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin and directed by Chris Martin.


Egg is a fictional film character.


  1. Egg or Egg & Egli was a Swiss car made in business from 1896 to 1919. It was one of the more long-lived early Swiss car makes. It appeared at numerous auto shows and competed in France's annual smash-up derby.
    • also known as Egg & Egli
  2. Egg a.k.a. Egg Banking: Egg is a former British internet bank headquartered in Derby, that is now a trading name of Yorkshire Building Society. Egg was born out of the UK banking arm of Prudential plc, Prudential Banking plc, which was established in 1996, and the Egg brand was launched in 1998.
  3. EGG is a record label.
  4. Egg was an automobile manufacturer.


  1. Egg is a town in the Bregenz Forest in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, part of the district of Bregenz.
  2. Egg a.k.a. Egg Nightclub is a Venue in London.

There are other places with in their name, like Two Egg, Goose Egg, goose-egg, Egg Harbor, Egg an der Günz, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Little Egg Harbor Township.


  1. The EGG file format is a compressed archive file format that supports for Unicode and intelligent compression algorithms. EGG format is created by ESTsoft and was first applied in their file compression software ALZip.
  2. Egg was a style magazine for gyaru fashion, distributed in Japan. It featured photos of ganguro girls and synopses about what they like or a popular trend. Egg also usually had photos of the newest fashions, where to buy them, latest hairstyles, cell phones, and make up tips. It also had candid photos of ganguro girls on the streets of Japan, similar to Fruits magazine. Egg had its own models which starred in every magazine. Due to the decline of Gyaru popularity, the magazine shut down with the last issue on May 31, 2014.
  3. Egg: The ancient Egyptian Egg hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed no. H8, is a portrayal of an oval-shaped egg, tilted at an angle, within the Gardiner signs for parts of birds.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Egg

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Google previewDepartment Bulletin (1916)

The control of the supply of air to drying belts to prevent saturation from the liquid egg is an important factor in preventing...

which collects in the bottom of the breaking tray while eggs are # broken. econd-grade egg is a product prepared from ...

Google previewBulletin of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (1916)

The control of the supply of air to drying belts to prevent saturation from the liquid egg is an important factor in preventing multiplication of...

Google previewA System of Accounting for Cooperative Fruit Associations (1916)

by David Griffiths, Ellery Channing Chilcott, George Anton Nahstoll, Mary Engle Pennington, John Selden Cole, William Horace Kerr, William Wesley Burr

The control of the supply of air to drying belts to prevent saturation from the liquid egg is an important factor in...

Google previewHildegard of Bingen (2016)

Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic—Annotated & Explained

The cosmic egg is a layered and structured Aristotelian vision of the universe, or cosmos, sometimes also depicted in the...

Google previewEgg Bioscience and Biotechnology (2008)

by Yoshinori Mine

The egg is the largest biological cell known to originate from one cell division and is composed of various important chemical substances that form the basis of life. The egg is a complete set of biological substances containing nutrients such as ...

Google previewGenascent (2011)

The Human Genome Project in Plain Words by Cj Canna

A chicken egg is a very large cell. If we think of it as a cell, instead of a side order for bacon, we can...

Google previewAnimal Physiology (1997)

Adaptation and Environment by Knut Schmidt-Nielsen

Thus, there is more than a 30 ooo-fold difference in weight between the smallest and largest bird egg- The newly laid egg is a microcosm that contains everything that is needed to produce a living chick, with one exception - oxygen. Therefore ...

Google previewSmoke It Like a Pro on the Big Green Egg & Other Ceramic Cookers (2015)

An Independent Guide with Master Recipes from a Competition Barbecue Team--Includes Smoking, Grilling and Roasting Techniques by Eric Mitchell

The Big Green Egg is the Ultimate Cooking ExperienceTM and also the most versatile cooking appliance. Sure, you can wok and deep fry in the kitchen. You know how good the food tastes. You also know you'll be reminded for days that you ...

Google previewEgg Incubation (1991)

Its Effects on Embryonic Development in Birds and Reptiles by D. Charles Deeming, Mark W. J. Ferguson

A convectively incubated egg is a well-mixed body (Turner, 1987): interior temperatures differ only slightly from surface temperatures (Sotherland etal, 1987 ). The analogical approach suggests the temperature distribution in contact incubated ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Science (Print) (2004)

by Wilson G. Pond

Egg. Products. E E Fig. 4 Bagged dry egg powder warehouse (Brazil). Gideon Zeidler University of California, Riverside, California, U.S.A. INTRODUCTION Shell eggs are highly perishable products. Shelf life of high-quality products is about 2 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ethology (1989)

by Klaus Immelmann, Colin Beer

Efference copy See Reafference Egg follicle See Ovulation Egg rolling Egg retrieval.

Google previewA Dictionary of Medical Terminology , Dental Surgery and the Collateral Sciences (1878)

Oni'lix; from ovum, an egg.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health (2003)

by Robert A. Ronzio

egg As food, typically, the ovum of domestic fowl. Eggs are an inexpensive, nutrient-rich food that provides high-quality PROTEIN with all essential amino acids. Egg protein is often used as a reference ...

Google previewCunningham's Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen (2002)

by Scott Cunningham

A fresh egg was buried under the threshold to guard the home from "evil.

Google previewThe American Heritage Science Dictionary (2005)

by American Heritage Dictionary

egg (eg) 1.The larger, usually nonmotile female reproductive cell of most organisms that reproduce sexually. Eggs are haploid (they have half the number of chromosomes as the other cells in the organism's body). During ...

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An egg is an egg, said the beadle, but he took the goose-egg.
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Scrabble value of E1G2G2

The value of this 3-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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