addled egg


addled egg
rotten egg, spoiled egg

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • as good be an addled egg as an idle bird — 1578 LYLY Euphues I. 325 If I had not bene gathered from the tree in the budde, I should beeing blowne haue proued a blast, and as good it is to bee an addle egge as an idle bird. 1732 T. FULLER Gnomologia no. 681 As good be an addled Egg, as an… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • addled — [13] Addled may be traceable back ultimately to a confusion between ‘wind’ and ‘urine’ in Latin. In Middle English the term was adel eye ‘addled egg’. of which the first part derived from Old English adela ‘foul smelling urine or liquid manure’.… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • addled — [13] Addled may be traceable back ultimately to a confusion between ‘wind’ and ‘urine’ in Latin. In Middle English the term was adel eye ‘addled egg’. of which the first part derived from Old English adela ‘foul smelling urine or liquid manure’.… …   Word origins

  • egg — see as good be an addled egg as an idle bird the same fire that melts the butter hardens the egg you cannot make an omelette without breaking eggs there is reason in the roasting of eggs don’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • egg — I n. 1) to hatch; incubate; lay eggs 2) to beat (AE), whisk (BE); boil; fry; poach an egg 3) to candle eggs 4) an addled, bad, rotten egg; boiled; devilled; fried; hard boiled; poached; raw; Scotch (BE); scrambled; soft boiled eggs 5) (misc.) a… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • addled — adjective 1 an egg that is addled is no longer good to eat 2 confused and unable to think properly …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • addled — adj. 1 (of an egg) rotten, producing no chick. 2 muddled. Etymology: ADDLE adj., assim. to past part. form …   Useful english dictionary

  • wind egg — noun Etymology: wind (I); from the former belief that such eggs were the result of conception by the wind : an unimpregnated, addled, or imperfect egg; especially : an egg with a soft noncalcareous shell * * * wind egg noun 1. An addled egg …   Useful english dictionary

  • Wind egg — Wind Wind (w[i^]nd, in poetry and singing often w[imac]nd; 277), n. [AS. wind; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. wind, OHG. wint, Dan. & Sw. vind, Icel. vindr, Goth winds, W. gwynt, L. ventus, Skr. v[=a]ta (cf. Gr. ah ths a blast, gale, ah^nai to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Curate's egg — Bishop: I m afraid you ve got a bad egg, Mr Jones ; Curate: Oh, no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent! True Humility by George du Maurier, originally published in Punch, 1895. The expression a curate s egg originally meant… …   Wikipedia


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