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eggbeater

[eg-bee-ter]
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noun
  1. a small rotary beater for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc.
  2. Slang. a helicopter.

Origin of eggbeater

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; egg1 + beater
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Examples from the Web for egg-beater

Historical Examples

  • “Abram and I are so fond of omelette,” she said, as the egg-beater whirred.

    The Fighting Shepherdess 

    Caroline Lockhart

  • Remark that, in fact, you quite hanker to try the egg-beater.

    Walter and the Wireless

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • Just say you'll be glad to use the egg-beater if he prefers it.

    Walter and the Wireless

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • From the kitchen they heard the cheerful clatter of pans and the hum of an egg-beater.

    The Long Dim Trail

    Forrestine C. Hooker

  • He stirred his tea round and round, as if his spoon were an egg-beater.

    The Beauty

    Mrs. Wilson Woodrow


British Dictionary definitions for egg-beater

eggbeater

noun
  1. Also called: eggwhisk a kitchen utensil for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc; whisk
  2. mainly US and Canadian an informal name for helicopter
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Word Origin and History for egg-beater

n.

also eggbeater, 1828, from egg (n.) + beater. Slang sense of "helicopter" is from 1937 from notion of whirling rotation.

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