egg

2
[ eg ]
/ ɛg /

verb (used with object)

to incite or urge; encourage (usually followed by on).

Origin of egg

2
1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse eggja to incite, derivative of egg edge
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British Dictionary definitions for egg on (1 of 2)

egg

1
/ (ɛɡ) /

noun


verb (tr)

to dip (food) in beaten egg before cooking
US informal to throw eggs at

Word Origin for egg

C14: from Old Norse egg; related to Old English ǣg, Old High German ei

British Dictionary definitions for egg on (2 of 2)

egg

2
/ (ɛɡ) /

verb

(tr usually foll by on) to urge or incite, esp to daring or foolish acts

Word Origin for egg

Old English eggian, from Old Norse eggja to urge; related to Old English ecg edge, Middle Low German eggen to harrow
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Medicine definitions for egg on

egg

[ ĕg ]

n.

The female sexual cell or gamete; an ovum.

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Science definitions for egg on

egg

[ ĕg ]

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 fertilization, the nucleus of an egg cell fuses with the nucleus of a sperm cell (the male reproductive cell) to form a new diploid organism. In animals, eggs are spherical, covered by a membrane, and usually produced by the ovaries. In some simple aquatic animals, eggs are fertilized and develop outside the body. In some terrestrial animals, such as insects, reptiles and birds, eggs are fertilized inside the body but are incubated outside the body, protected by durable, waterproof membranes (shells) until the young hatch. In mammals, eggs produced in the ovaries are fertilized inside the body and (except in the cases of monotremes) develop in the reproductive tract until birth. The human female fetus possesses all of the eggs that she will ever have; every month after the onset of puberty, one of these eggs matures and is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube, where it is either fertilized or discarded during menstruation. In many plants (such as the bryophytes, ferns, and gymnosperms) eggs are produced by flasked-shaped structures known as archegonia. In gymnosperms and angiosperms, eggs are enclosed within ovules. In angiosperms, the ovules are enclosed within ovaries. See also oogenesis.
In many animals, a structure consisting of this reproductive cell together with nutrients and often a protective covering. The embryo develops within this structure if the reproductive cell is fertilized. The egg is often laid outside the body, but the female of ovoviviparous species may keep it inside the body until after hatching.

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Culture definitions for egg on

egg

A female gamete.


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Idioms and Phrases with egg on (1 of 2)

egg on

Incite, urge ahead, provoke, as in Jack is always egging me on to drive faster, or Seemingly quiet, Margo actually eggs on Donald to quarrel with his staff. This expression has nothing to do with hen's eggs but comes from an Old Norse word, eggja, “to edge.” Both edge on and egg on were used interchangeably, but today the latter is preferred. [c. 1200]


Idioms and Phrases with egg on (2 of 2)

egg

In addition to the idioms beginning with egg

  • egg in your beer
  • egg on
  • egg on one's face, have

also see:

  • bad egg
  • good egg
  • goose egg
  • kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
  • lay an egg
  • put all one's eggs in one basket
  • walk on eggs

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