'urging'(Modern English egging)
Vbl. n. formed within English on the v. eggen, always derived from ON, cp. OIcel eggja 'sharpen; egg on, goad, incite' (< PGmc *agjōjan-, cp. OE (ge)ecgan 'sharpen', OFris eggia 'drive, fence', MLG eggen 'sharpen', a wk. v. formed on the common Gmc n. *agjō 'edge, sword', cp. Burg *agja, OE ecg, OFr egg, ig, OS eggia, MHG ecke) both because the sense is unattested in PCOE and because of the apparent absence of palatalization (see further SPS 55, Dance 2003: 85 n. 54).
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
OIcel eggja 'sharpen; egg on, goad, incite'
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far eggja, Icel eggja, Norw eggja, Dan ægge, Sw ägge
(ge)ecgan 'to sharpen'
Phonological and morphological markers
[absence of palatalization of */ɡ/] (possibly diagnostic)
The v. is first attested as OE (ge)eggian 'egg on, incite' in the glosses to the Lindisfarne Gospels, though the spelling here is perh. ambiguous; the velar pronunciation for the medial cluster is first clearly recorded in Orrm (SPS 55). The vbl. n. is widespread from early ME (see MED).
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus