from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An arrangement for boiling water so that eggs may be easily cooked in it, particularly on the table.


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  • “You were only trying to find out something that might help us,” I said, unwrapping an egg-boiler.

    To Say Nothing of the Dog Willis, Connie 1997

  • They have been known to stay a month on the strength of an egg-boiler.

    Prose Fancies Richard Le Gallienne 1906

  • French coffee, Mrs. Dennant, who had placed four eggs in a German egg-boiler, said "Good-morning," with a kindly smile.

    Complete Project Gutenberg John Galsworthy Works John Galsworthy 1900

  • Then she inverted the little glass egg-boiler and stood ready to bring the infusing tea into his sitting-room as soon as the upper half of it was nearly empty of sand.

    Happy Pollyooly The Rich Little Poor Girl Edgar Jepson 1900

  • German egg-boiler, said "Good-morning," with a kindly smile.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy 1900

  • "The blighted egg-boiler has steam up," said Mr. Hinchcliffe, pausing to gather a large stone.

    Traffics and Discoveries Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • It's very slow and impressive, and a native weapon, like a big egg-boiler with a long handle, is carried.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 4, 1914 Various 1898

  • Bels, -- How kind of you to send me such a sweet little egg-boiler!

    A Houseful of Girls George de Horne Vaizey 1887

  • Letitia bought a little egg-boiler for her -- one of those antique arrangements in which the sands of time play to the soft-boiled egg.

    The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.) Various 1887

  • It had regularly flowed in like water, and as we held the candle down there was one place where it trickled down a slope, just as you see it in an egg-boiler or an old-fashioned hour-glass.

    Brownsmith's Boy A Romance in a Garden George Manville Fenn 1870


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