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[peen] /pin/
a wedgelike, spherical, or other striking end of a hammer head opposite the face.
verb (used with object)
to enlarge, straighten, or smooth with a peen.
to strengthen (a metal surface) by light hammering or by bombardment with steel balls or shot.
Origin of peen
1505-15; earlier pen < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian pen (noun) in same sense (perhaps < German Pinne peen). See pin Unabridged
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Examples from the web for peen
  • He was shaping it with millions of identical taps from a ball-peen hammer.
  • His tools, notably a three-pound ball-peen hammer, clanked in a greasy leather bag suspended from the handlebars.
  • They never messed with his peen and never messed with his fingernails.
  • Sounding is done by striking the concrete surface with a steel rod or ball-peen hammer, or by dragging a chain along the surface.
British Dictionary definitions for peen


the end of a hammer head opposite the striking face, often rounded or wedge-shaped
(transitive) to strike with the peen of a hammer or with a stream of metal shot in order to bend or shape (a sheet of metal)
Word Origin
C17: variant of pane, perhaps from French panne, ultimately from Latin pinna point
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Word Origin and History for peen

1680s, "sharp or thin end of a hammer head, opposite the face," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal penn "peen," Old Swedish pæna "beat iron thin with a hammer"). Earlier as a verb, "to beat thin with a hammer" (1510s).

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