[ eg-er ]

Origin of egger

1695–1705; egg1 + -er1; the cocoon is egg-shaped Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use egger in a sentence

  • Tears ran down his cheeks, and he told me that his barrel of rum had been stolen by the "eggers" or some fishermen.

  • The eggers, now numbering a dozen, all armed with guns and bludgeons, bid defiance to the fishermen.

  • One of the eggers, still under the influence of drink, pulls his trigger, and an unfortunate sailor is seen to reel in agony.

  • The Gulls too suffer when the eggers come, for their eggs are gathered up with the Murres for the markets.

    The Bird Book | Chester A. Reed
  • I asked some of the eggers how many murres nested on the South Farallon, and they thought at least one hundred thousand.

British Dictionary definitions for egger



/ (ˈɛɡə) /

  1. any of various widely distributed moths of the family Lasiocampidae, such as Lasiocampa quercus (oak egger) of Europe, having brown bodies and wings

Origin of egger

C18: from egg 1, from the egg-shaped cocoon

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