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[eg-bee-ter] /ˈɛgˌbi tər/
a small rotary beater for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc.
Slang. a helicopter.
Origin of eggbeater
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; egg1 + beater Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He stirred his tea round and round, as if his spoon were an egg-beater.

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

    The Fighting Shepherdess
    Caroline Lockhart
  • Now use a Dover egg-beater and beat until it holds its shape.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • 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
  • Remark that, in fact, you quite hanker to try the egg-beater.

    Walter and the Wireless Sara Ware Bassett
  • Sweeten to taste, add the unbeaten whites of four eggs, and beat to a froth with an egg-beater.

  • Now, what did you say you would require—an egg-beater and a turnip, wasn't it?

  • This is now worked vigorously with a Dover egg-beater or in a Christy mixer and again set aside.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • She was silent, and Wolf, idly turning the egg-beater in an empty dish, smiled to himself.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for egg-beater


Also called eggwhisk. a kitchen utensil for beating eggs, whipping cream, etc; whisk
(mainly US & Canadian) an informal name for helicopter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for egg-beater

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for egg-beater



  1. An aircraft propeller (WWII Army Air Force)
  2. A helicopter •Now almost entirely superseded by chopper: The ''egg-beater'' took off for Inchon with its burden (1937+)
  3. An outboard motor; kicker: wouldn't be caught dead with an eggbeater on their boat (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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