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good egg

noun, Informal.
a person who is pleasant, agreeable, or trustworthy.
Origin of good egg
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • "good egg," said Bones as the crowd streamed from the kraal.

  • Had his companion of the motor-bus been with him, he would doubtless have said 'good egg!'

    The Promise of Air

    Algernon Blackwood
  • He jumped off the desk, leaned over to slap Morse on the back, and told him that he was a good egg but a damn fool.

    The Plastic Age Percy Marks
  • Found my tent pitched close to the Colonel's; rather a good egg, as they won't be able to try any larks on this time.

    Our Battalion

    Leonard Raven-Hill
  • At last things were beginning to brighten up a bit, and life might be said to have taken on some of the aspects of a good egg.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • The longer he was married to her the more did the sacred institution seem to him a good egg.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
  • I had noticed when I picked it up that it did not look a good egg; and I went back to bed again, thinking the incident closed.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • Hua Manu, what a good egg you were, though it's the bad that usually keep atop of the water, they tell me!

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • She was a good egg, hurt and beaten down and shoved off by Thorndyke, but she had a lot of the good old bounce.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • As certainly as you can tell a good picture from a bad one, or a good egg from a bad one.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
Contemporary definitions for good egg

a good person or thing, cf. bad egg

See bad egg

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Slang definitions & phrases for good egg

good egg

noun phrase

A decent and kindly person; a reliable and admirable citizen: Henry Fonda frequently was cast as the good egg

[1903+; modeled on bad egg, found by 1855]

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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