egg vs eggs what difference

what is difference between egg and eggs

English

Pronunciation

  • enPR: ĕg, IPA(key): /ɛɡ/
  • (also) enPR: āg, IPA(key): /eɪɡ/ (some Canadian and US accents)
  • Rhymes: -ɛɡ

Etymology 1

From Middle English egge, from Old Norse egg (egg), from Proto-Germanic *ajją (egg) (by Holtzmann’s law), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm (egg). Cognate with Icelandic egg (egg), Faroese egg (egg), Norwegian egg (egg), Swedish ägg (egg), Danish æg (egg).

The native English ey (plural eyren), akin to Dutch ei (plural eieren) and German Ei (plural Eier) are ultimately from the same Proto-Germanic root, survived into the 16th century before being fully displaced by egg. More at ey.

Alternative forms

  • egge (obsolete)

Noun

egg (plural eggs)

  1. (zoology, countable) An approximately spherical or ellipsoidal body produced by birds, reptiles, insects and other animals, housing the embryo during its development.
  2. (countable, uncountable) The egg of a domestic fowl (especially a hen) or its contents, used as food.
  3. (biology, countable) The female primary cell, the ovum.
  4. Anything shaped like an egg, such as an Easter egg or a chocolate egg.
  5. A swelling on one’s head, usually large or noticeable, associated with an injury.
  6. (slang, mildly derogatory, potentially offensive) A Caucasian who behaves as if they were (East) Asian (from being “white” outside and “yellow” inside).
  7. (New Zealand, derogatory) A foolish or obnoxious person.
  8. (archaic, derogatory) A young person.
    • Template:Shakespeare Hamlet
  9. (informal) A person, fellow.
    • 1980, Stephen King, The Wedding Gig
      Up close he looked like a pretty tough egg. His hair was bristling up in the back in spite of what smelled like a whole bottle of Wildroot Creme Oil and he had the flat, oddly shiny eyes that some deep-sea fish have.
  10. (LGBT, slang) A person who is regarded as having not yet realized they are transgender, has not yet come out, or is in the early stages of transitioning.
    • 2018, Casey Plett, Little Fish (→ISBN), page 24:
      That fits, though, she thought. Wear the same outfit day after day, your brain gets numb to how it looks or feels—Wendy shut the album. No. [] She hated analyzing the whys of [not-out] trans girls. She had always hated it, and she hated how easy it had become; the bottomless hole of egg mode.
  11. (computing) One of the blocks of data injected into a program’s address space for use by certain forms of shellcode, such as “omelettes”.
    • 2015, Herbert Bos, Fabian Monrose, Gregory Blanc, Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defenses: 18th International Symposium
      This approach would be altered for an optimal omelette based exploit. One would spray the heap with the omelette code solely, then load a single copy of the additional shellcode eggs into memory outside the target region for the spray.
  12. (Internet slang, derogatory) A user of the microblogging service Twitter who has the default egg avatar rather than a custom picture.
Synonyms
  • oeuf (humorous)
Derived terms
Descendants
  • Jamaican Creole: eg
  • Sranan Tongo: eksi
Translations

See egg/translations § Noun.

Verb

egg (third-person singular simple present eggs, present participle egging, simple past and past participle egged)

  1. To throw eggs at.
  2. (cooking) To dip in or coat with beaten egg.
  3. To distort a circular cross-section (as in a tube) to an elliptical or oval shape, either inadvertently or intentionally.
    After I cut the tubing, I found that I had slightly egged it in the vise.
Translations

See also

  • caviar
  • roe

Etymology 2

From Middle English eggen, from Old Norse eggja (to incite), from egg (edge).

Verb

egg (third-person singular simple present eggs, present participle egging, simple past and past participle egged)

  1. (transitive, obsolete except in egg on) To encourage, incite.
    • 14th c., William Langland, Piers Plowman, Passus 1,[1]
      Þerinne wonieth a wiȝte · þat wronge is yhote
      Fader of falshed · and founded it hym-selue
      Adam and Eue · he egged to ille
      Conseilled caym · to kullen his brother
    • 1571, Arthur Golding, The Psalmes of David and others. With M. John Calvins Commentaries, “Epistle Dedicatorie,”[2]
      [] yit have wee one thing in our selves and of our selves (even originall sinne, concupiscence or lust) which never ceaseth too egge us and allure us from God []
Derived terms
  • egg on
  • over-egg
Translations

Further reading

  • egg on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • (transgender): Morgan Lev Edward Holleb, The A-Z of Gender and Sexuality: From Ace to Ze (2019, →ISBN), page 98

Anagrams

  • GGE, Geg, geg

Faroese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ɛkː]

Etymology 1

From Old Norse egg, from Proto-Germanic *ajją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm.

Noun

egg n (genitive singular egs, plural egg)

  1. egg
Declension
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From the Old Norse egg, from Proto-Germanic *agjō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp, pointed).

Noun

egg f (genitive singular eggjar, plural eggjar)

  1. blade, edge
  2. border, edge of a cliff
Declension

German

Pronunciation

Verb

egg

  1. singular imperative of eggen
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of eggen

Icelandic

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛkː/
  • Rhymes: -ɛkː

Etymology 1

From Old Norse egg, from Proto-Germanic *ajją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm. Cognate with Old English ǣġ (obsolete English ey); Swedish ägg; Old High German ei (German Ei).

Noun

egg n (genitive singular eggs, nominative plural egg)

  1. (zoology) an egg
  2. an oval shaped object
  3. the ovum
Declension
Synonyms
  • (ovum): eggfruma f
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Old Norse egg, from Proto-Germanic *agjō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp, pointed).

Cognates include Old Frisian egg, Old Saxon eggia, Dutch egge; Old English ecg (English edge); Old High German egga (German Ecke); Swedish egg.

The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin aciēs (edge, sharpness), Ancient Greek ἀκίς (akís, point).

Noun

egg f (genitive singular eggjar, nominative plural eggjar)

  1. (weaponry) the sharp edge of a knife, sword, or similar
  2. a sharp edge on a mountain
Declension
Synonyms
  • (sharp edge): blað
  • (mountain): fjallsegg
Derived terms
  • fjallsegg
  • með oddi og egg/með oddi og eggju

Middle English

Noun

egg

  1. Alternative form of egge (egg)

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛɡ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛɡ
  • Hyphenation: egg

Etymology 1

From Old Norse egg n (egg), from Proto-Germanic *ajją (egg), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm (egg), likely from *h₂éwis (bird), possibly from *h₂ew- (to enjoy, consume).

Cognate with English egg (egg), Icelandic egg (egg), Faroese egg (egg), Swedish ägg (egg), Danish æg (egg).

Noun

egg n (definite singular egget, indefinite plural egg, definite plural egga or eggene)

  1. an egg
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Old Norse egg f

Noun

egg f or m (definite singular egga or eggen, indefinite plural egger, definite plural eggene)

  1. (cutting) edge (e.g. of a knife)
Derived terms
  • tveegget

References

  • “egg” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
  • “egg_1” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).
  • “egg_2” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Norwegian Nynorsk

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /eɡː/, /ɛɡː/ (example of pronunciation)

Etymology 1

From Old Norse egg n, from Proto-Germanic *ajją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm. Akin to English egg.

Noun

egg n (definite singular egget, indefinite plural egg, definite plural egga)

  1. an egg
Inflection

Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Old Norse egg f, from Proto-Germanic *agjō f (edge, corner), and ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European root *h₂eḱ-. Cognates include English edge and German Ecke.

Noun

egg f or m (definite singular eggen or egga, indefinite plural eggar or egger, definite plural eggane or eggene)

  1. an edge (the thin cutting side of the blade of an instrument, such as an ax, knife, sword, or scythe)
  2. (geology) an arête
Inflection

References

  • “egg” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.

Old Norse

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *ajją, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ōwyóm.

Noun

egg n (genitive eggs, plural egg)

  1. egg
Declension
Descendants

Etymology 2

From Proto-Germanic *agjō. Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp).

Noun

egg f (genitive eggjar, plural eggjar)

  1. edge (of a blade)
Declension
Descendants

References

  • Zoëga, Geir T. (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic[3], Oxford: Clarendon Press

Swedish

Etymology

From Old Norse egg, from Proto-Germanic *agjō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂eḱ- (sharp, pointed).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛɡː/
  • Homophone: ägg

Noun

egg c

  1. The sharp edge of a cutting tool.

Declension

Related terms

References

  • egg in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɛɡz/

Noun

eggs

  1. plural of egg

Verb

eggs

  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of egg

Anagrams

  • gegs

Icelandic

Noun

eggs n

  1. indefinite genitive singular of egg

Swedish

Noun

eggs

  1. indefinite genitive singular of egg

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