a pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together, to hang things on, to make fast a rope or string on, to stop a hole, or to mark some point.
Informal. a leg, either real or wooden: still on his pegs at 99.
a notch or degree: to come down a peg.
an occasion, basis, or reason: a peg to hang a grievance on.
Also called pin. Music. a pin of wood or metal in the neck of a stringed instrument that may be turned in its socket to adjust a string's tension.
Informal. a throw, especially in baseball: The peg to the plate was late.
Economics. the level at which some price, exchange rate, etc., is set.
British, Indian English. an alcoholic drink, especially a whiskey or brandy and soda.
British, clothespin.
verb (used with object), pegged, pegging.
to drive or insert a peg into.
to fasten with or as with pegs.
to mark with pegs.
to strike or pierce with or as with a peg.
to keep (the commodity price, exchange rate, etc.) at a set level, as by manipulation or law.
Informal. to throw (a ball).
Journalism. to base (an article, feature story, etc.) upon; justify by (usually followed by on ): The feature on the chief of police was pegged on the riots.
Informal. to identify: to peg someone as a good prospect.
verb (used without object), pegged, pegging.
to work or continue persistently or energetically: to peg away at a homework assignment.
Informal. to throw a ball.
Croquet. to strike a peg, as in completing a game.
Also, pegged. tapered toward the bottom of the leg: peg trousers.
take down a peg, to reduce the pride or arrogance of; humble: I guess that'll take him down a peg!

1400–50; late Middle English pegge (noun), peggen (v.) < Middle Dutch

pegless, adjective
peglike, adjective
repeg, verb, repegged, repegging. Unabridged


a female given name, form of Peggy. Unabridged
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peg (pɛɡ)
1.  a small cylindrical pin or dowel, sometimes slightly tapered, used to join two parts together
2.  a pin pushed or driven into a surface: used to mark scores, define limits, support coats, etc
3.  music See also pin any of several pins passing through the head (peg box) of a stringed instrument, which can be turned so as to tune strings wound around them
4.  (Brit) Also called: clothes peg, US and Canadian equivalent: clothespin a split or hinged pin for fastening wet clothes to a line to dry
5.  informal a person's leg
6.  dialect (Northern English) a tooth
7.  (Brit) a small drink of wine or spirits, esp of brandy or whisky and soda
8.  an opportunity or pretext for doing something: a peg on which to hang a theory
9.  a mountaineering piton
10.  croquet a post that a player's ball must strike to win the game
11.  angling a fishing station allotted to an angler in a competition, marked by a peg in the ground
12.  informal a level of self-esteem, importance, etc (esp in the phrases bringortake down a peg)
13.  informal See peg leg
14.  chiefly (Brit) off the peg (of clothes) ready to wear, as opposed to tailor-made
vb (sometimes foll by down) , pegs, pegging, pegged
15.  (tr) to knock or insert a peg into or pierce with a peg
16.  to secure with pegs: to peg a tent
17.  mountaineering to insert or use pitons
18.  (tr) to mark (a score) with pegs, as in some card games
19.  informal (tr) to aim and throw (missiles) at a target
20.  chiefly (Brit) (intr; foll by away, along, etc) to work steadily: he pegged away at his job for years
21.  (tr) to stabilize (the price of a commodity, an exchange rate, etc) by legislation or market operations
[C15: from Low Germanic pegge]

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Word Origin & History

1440, from M.Du. pegge "peg," a common Low Ger. word of uncertain origin (cf. Low Ger. pigge "peg," M.Du. pegel "little knob used as a mark"). The verb meaning "fasten with or as if on a peg" is first recorded 1598, from the noun. Slang sense of "identify, classify" first recorded 1920. To be a square
peg in a round hole "be inappropriate for one's situation" is attested from 1836; to take someone down a peg is from 1589, but the original lit. sense is uncertain (most of the likely candidates are not attested until centuries later).
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. Pegasus (constellation)

  2. polyethylene glycol

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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with peg, also see square peg in a round hole; take down a notch (peg).

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Example sentences for +peg
Blood is similar to peg or kill, and is also often called outs.
The white oak floor is fitted together with wooden peg dowels.
Therefore many breaks stop voluntarily with three hoops and the peg still to run.
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