effulgent (adj.) Look up effulgent at Dictionary.com
1738, back-formation from effulgence, or else from Latin effulgentem (nominative effulgens), present participle of effulgere, from ex "out" (see ex-) + fulgere "to shine" (see bleach (v.)).
effuse (v.) Look up effuse at Dictionary.com
late 14c., from Middle French effuser or directly from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere "to pour forth" (see effusion). Related: Effused; effusing.
effusion (n.) Look up effusion at Dictionary.com
c.1400, "a pouring out," from Middle French effusion (14c.) and directly from Latin effusionem (nominative effusio) "a pouring forth," noun of action from past participle stem of effundere "pour forth, spread abroad," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fundere "pour" (see found (v.2)). Figuratively, of speech, emotion, etc., from 1650s.
effusive (adj.) Look up effusive at Dictionary.com
1660s, from Latin effus-, stem of effundere (see effusion) + -ive. Related: Effusively.
eft (n.) Look up eft at Dictionary.com
Old English efte, efeta "small lizard-like animal," of unknown origin (see newt).
eftsoons (adv.) Look up eftsoons at Dictionary.com
obsolete or archaic way of saying "soon afterward," from Old English eftsona "a second time, repeatedly, soon after, again," from eft "afterward, again, a second time" (from Proto-Germanic *aftiz, from PIE root *apo- "off, away;" see apo-) + sona "immediately" (see soon). Not in living use since 17c.
egad Look up egad at Dictionary.com
1670s, I gad, a softened oath, second element God, first uncertain; perhaps it represents exclamation ah.
egalitarian (adj.) Look up egalitarian at Dictionary.com
1885, from French égalitaire, from Old French egalite, from Latin aequalitatem (see equality). The noun is 1920.
egalitarianism (n.) Look up egalitarianism at Dictionary.com
1932, from egalitarian + -ism.
Egbert Look up Egbert at Dictionary.com
masc. proper name, from Old English Ecg-beorht, literally "sword-bright." See edge (n.) + bright (adj.).
egest (v.) Look up egest at Dictionary.com
c.1600, from Latin egestus, past participle of egere, from ex- "out" (see ex-) + gere "to carry." Related: Egested; egesting.
egestion (n.) Look up egestion at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from Latin egestionem (nominative egestio), noun of action from past participle stem of egere (see egest).
egg (n.) Look up egg at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., from northern England dialect, from Old Norse egg, which vied with Middle English eye, eai (from Old English æg) until finally displacing it after 1500; both are from Proto-Germanic *ajja(m) (cognates: Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch, Old High German, German ei, Gothic ada), probably from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" (cognates: Old Church Slavonic aja, Russian jajco, Breton ui, Welsh wy, Greek oon, Latin ovum); possibly derived from root *awi- "bird." Caxton (15c.) writes of a merchant (probably a north-country man) in a public house on the Thames who asked for eggs:
And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude speke no frenshe. And the marchaunt was angry, for he also coude speke no frenshe, but wolde have hadde egges, and she understode hym not.
She did, however, recognize another customer's request for "eyren." Bad egg in the figurative sense is from 1855. To have egg on (one's) face "be made to look foolish" is attested by 1948.
[Young & Rubincam] realize full well that a crew can sometimes make or break a show. It can do little things to ruin a program or else, by giving it its best, can really get that all-important rating. They are mindful of an emcee of a variety show who already has been tabbed "old egg in your face" because the crew has managed to get him in such awkward positions on the TV screen. ["Billboard," March 5, 1949]
Eggs Benedict attested by 1898. The figure of speech represented in to have all (one's) eggs in one basket is attested by 1660s.
egg (v.) Look up egg at Dictionary.com
c.1200, from Old Norse eggja "to goad on, incite," from egg "edge" (see edge (n.)). The unrelated verb meaning "to pelt with (rotten) eggs" is from 1857, from egg (n.). Related: Egged; egging.
egg-beater (n.) Look up egg-beater at Dictionary.com
also eggbeater, 1828, from egg (n.) + beater. Slang sense of "helicopter" is from 1937 from notion of whirling rotation.
egghead (n.) Look up egghead at Dictionary.com
1907, "bald person," from egg (n.) + head (n.). Sense of "intellectual" is attested from 1918, among Chicago newspapermen; popularized by U.S. syndicated columnist Stewart Alsop in 1952 in reference to Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign.
Adlai Stevenson once told what it was like to be the rare intellectual in politics. "Via ovicapitum dura est," he said, the way of the egghead is hard. [New York Times, Oct. 28, 1982]
eggnog (n.) Look up eggnog at Dictionary.com
also egg nog, c.1775, American English, from egg (n.) + nog "strong ale."
eggplant (n.) Look up eggplant at Dictionary.com
1767, from egg (n.) + plant (n.). Originally of the white variety. Compare aubergine.
eggshell (n.) Look up eggshell at Dictionary.com
early 15c., from egg (n.) + shell (n.). Earlier ay-schelle (c.1300). Emblematic of "thin and delicate" from 1835; as a color term, from 1894. The figure of treading on eggshells "to move cautiously" is attested by 1734.
eglantine (n.) Look up eglantine at Dictionary.com
"sweet briar," c.1400, from French églantine, from Old French aiglent "dog rose," from Vulgar Latin *aquilentus "rich in prickles," from Latin aculeus "spine, prickle," diminutive of acus "needle" (see acuity).
ego (n.) Look up ego at Dictionary.com
1714, as a term in metaphysics, from Latin ego "I" (cognate with Old English ic, see I). Psychoanalytic sense is from 1894; sense of "conceit" is 1891. Ego trip first recorded 1969.
In the book of Egoism it is written, Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity. [George Meredith, "The Egoist," 1879]
egocentric (adj.) Look up egocentric at Dictionary.com
1900, from ego + -centric. Related: Egocentricity; egocentrism.
egoism (n.) Look up egoism at Dictionary.com
1785, in metaphysics (see egoist), from French égoisme (1755), from Modern Latin egoismus, from Latin ego (see ego). Meaning "self-interest" is from 1800.
egoist (n.) Look up egoist at Dictionary.com
1785, in metaphysics, "one who maintains there is no evidence of the existence of anything but the self" (taking ego in a sense of "thinking subject"), from French égoiste (1755); see ego + -ist. Meaning "selfish person" is from 1879. Related: Egoistic; egoistical.
egomania (n.) Look up egomania at Dictionary.com
1825, from ego + mania.
egomaniac (n.) Look up egomaniac at Dictionary.com
1890, from egomania. Related: Egomaniacal.
egotism (n.) Look up egotism at Dictionary.com
1714, from ego + -ism (see egotist). Meaning "selfishness" is from 1800.
egotist (n.) Look up egotist at Dictionary.com
1714, first used by Joseph Addison; see ego + -ist. Addison credits the term to "Port-Royalists" who used it in reference to obtrusive use of first person singular pronoun in writing, hence "talking too much about oneself." Meaning "self-conceit, selfishness" is 1800. The -t- is abnornmal, perhaps by influence of dogmatism. Related: Egotistic; egotistical.
egregious (adj.) Look up egregious at Dictionary.com
1530s, "distinguished, eminent, excellent," from Latin egregius "distinguished, excellent, extraordinary," from the phrase ex grege "rising above the flock," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + grege, ablative of grex "herd, flock" (see gregarious).

Disapproving sense, now predominant, arose late 16c., originally ironic and is not in the Latin word, which etymologically means simply "exceptional." Related: Egregiously; egregiousness.
egress (n.) Look up egress at Dictionary.com
1530s, from Latin egressus "a going out," noun use of past participle of egredi "go out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + -gredi, comb. form of gradi "step, go" (see grade (n.)). Perhaps a back-formation from egression (early 15c.).
egret (n.) Look up egret at Dictionary.com
mid-14c., from Old French aigrette, from Old Provençal aigreta, diminutive of aigron "heron," perhaps of Germanic origin (compare Old High German heigaro; see heron).
Egypt Look up Egypt at Dictionary.com
Old English Egipte, from French Egypte, from Greek Aigyptos "the river Nile, Egypt," from Amarna Hikuptah, corresponding to Egyptian Ha(t)-ka-ptah "temple of the soul of Ptah," the creative god associated with Memphis, the ancient city of Egypt.

Strictly one of the names of Memphis, it was taken by the Greeks as the name of the whole country. The Egyptian name, Kemet, means "black country," possibly in reference to the rich delta soil. The Arabic is Misr, which is derived from Mizraim, the name of a son of Biblical Ham.
Egyptian Look up Egyptian at Dictionary.com
late 14c., Egypcyan; see Egypt + -ian.
Egyptology (n.) Look up Egyptology at Dictionary.com
1859, from Egypt + -ology. Related: Egyptologist.
eh Look up eh at Dictionary.com
1560s as an exclamation of sorrow; with questions, from 1773.
eider (n.) Look up eider at Dictionary.com
1743, from German Eider or Dutch eider, both from Old Norse æþar, genitive of æþr "duck," from a North Germanic root.
eiderdown (n.) Look up eiderdown at Dictionary.com
1774; see eider + down (n.). Ultimately from Icelandic æðardun, via a Scandinavian source (compare Danish ederdunn) or German Eiderdon.
eidetic (adj.) Look up eidetic at Dictionary.com
"pertaining to the faculty of projecting images," 1924, from German eidetisch, coined by German psychologist Erich Jaensch (1883-1940), from Greek eidetikos "pertaining to images," also "pertaining to knowledge," from eidesis "knowledge," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid).
eidolon (n.) Look up eidolon at Dictionary.com
1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).
Eiffel Tower Look up Eiffel Tower at Dictionary.com
erected in the Champ-de-Mars for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1889; at 984.25 feet the world's tallest structure at the time. Designed by French engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923).
eight (n.) Look up eight at Dictionary.com
late 14c., eighte, earlier ehte (c.1200), from Old English eahta, æhta, from Proto-Germanic *akhto(u) (cognates: Old Saxon ahto, Old Frisian ahta, Old Norse atta, Swedish åtta, Dutch acht, Old High German Ahto, German acht, Gothic ahtau), from PIE *okto(u) "eight" (cognates: Sanskrit astau, Avestan ashta, Greek okto, Latin octo, Old Irish ocht-n, Breton eiz, Old Church Slavonic osmi, Lithuanian aštuoni).

Klein calls it "an old dual form, orig. meaning 'twice four.' " For spelling, see fight (v.). Meaning "eight-man crew of a rowing boat" is from 1847. The Spanish piece of eight (1690s) was so called because it was worth eight reals (see piece (n.)). Figure (of) eight as the shape of a race course, etc., attested from c.1600. To be behind the eight ball "in trouble" (1932) is a metaphor from shooting pool.
eighteen (n.) Look up eighteen at Dictionary.com
late 14c., eightene, earlier ahtene (c.1200), from Old English eahtatene, eahtatyne; see eight + -teen. Cognate with Old Saxon ahtotian, Dutch achttien, Old High German ahtozehan, German achtzehn, Old Norse attjan, Swedish adertån.
eighteenth (adj.) Look up eighteenth at Dictionary.com
mid-13c., egtetenþe, modified, by influence of eighteen, from Old English eahtateoða; from eight + teoða "tenth" (see -ty (1)).
eighth (adj.) Look up eighth at Dictionary.com
late 14c., eighthe, from Old English eahtoða; see eight + -th (1). Cognate with Old High German ahtoda, Old Frisian achta, German achte, Gothic ahtuda.
eighties (n.) Look up eighties at Dictionary.com
1827 as the years of someone's life between ages 80 and 89; from 1833 as the ninth decade of years in a given century; from 1854 with reference to Fahrenheit temperature. See eighty.
eighty (n.) Look up eighty at Dictionary.com
eigteti (late 13c.), from eight + -ty (1). Replacing Old English hundeahtatig, with hund- "ten." Related: Eightieth.
eighty-six (v.) Look up eighty-six at Dictionary.com
slang for "eliminate," 1936, originated at lunch counters, a cook's word for "none" when asked for something not available, probably rhyming slang for nix.
Eileen Look up Eileen at Dictionary.com
fem. proper name, from Celtic (compare Irish Eibhlin) but influenced in form by Helen.
Einstein (n.) Look up Einstein at Dictionary.com
as a type-name for a genius, 1920, in reference to German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955). According to "German-American Names" (George F. Jones, 3rd ed., 2006) it means literally "place encompassed by a stone wall."
Einsteinium (n.) Look up Einsteinium at Dictionary.com
discovered in the debris of a 1952 U.S. nuclear test in the Pacific, named 1955 for physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955).