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[eg-er] /ˈɛg ər/
Origin of egger
1695-1705; egg1 + -er1; the cocoon is egg-shaped Unabridged
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  • Mr. egger was far from being inhospitable, but was in no hurry, and never had been in a hurry.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • Mr. egger showed his superiority by a total lack of curiosity about any other world.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • The country is full of springs and streams, and between Abingdon and egger's is only one (small) bridge.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • Eggar, or egger, a name given to moths of the family Lasiocampid.

  • Mrs. egger and her comely young barefooted daughter had still the milking to attend to, and supper must wait for the other chores.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • But nothing of this sort occurs to the egger, who gathers and gathers until he has swept the rock bare.

  • The man, without moving, allowed that it was egger's, and that we could probably stay there.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • egger is well prepared to entertain strangers, having several rooms and several beds in each room.

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  • We parted with Mr. egger after breakfast (which was a close copy of the supper) with more respect than regret.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
  • egger was the thriving man of the region, and lived in style in a big brick house.

    On Horseback Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for egger


any of various widely distributed moths of the family Lasiocampidae, such as Lasiocampa quercus (oak egger) of Europe, having brown bodies and wings
Word Origin
C18: from egg1, from the egg-shaped cocoon
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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