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.
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:
take down a peg, to reduce the pride or arrogance of; humble:
I guess that’ll take him down a peg!
a small cylindrical pin or dowel, sometimes slightly tapered, used to join two parts together
a pin pushed or driven into a surface: used to mark scores, define limits, support coats, etc
(music) 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 See also pin (sense 11)
(Brit) Also called clothes peg. a split or hinged pin for fastening wet clothes to a line to dry US and Canadian equivalent clothespin
(informal) a person’s leg
(Northern English, dialect) a tooth
(Brit) a small drink of wine or spirits, esp of brandy or whisky and soda
an opportunity or pretext for doing something: a peg on which to hang a theory
a mountaineering piton
(croquet) a post that a player’s ball must strike to win the game
(angling) a fishing station allotted to an angler in a competition, marked by a peg in the ground
(informal) a level of self-esteem, importance, etc (esp in the phrases bring or take down a peg)
(informal) See peg leg
(mainly Brit) off the peg, (of clothes) ready to wear, as opposed to tailor-made
verb pegs, pegging, pegged
(transitive) to knock or insert a peg into or pierce with a peg
(transitive) sometimes foll by down. to secure with pegs: to peg a tent
(mountaineering) to insert or use pitons
(transitive) to mark (a score) with pegs, as in some card games
(transitive) (informal) to aim and throw (missiles) at a target
(intransitive; foll by away, along, etc) (mainly Brit) to work steadily: he pegged away at his job for years
(transitive) to stabilize (the price of a commodity, an exchange rate, etc) by legislation or market operations
See news peg
mid-15c., from Middle Dutch pegge “peg,” a common Low German word (cf. Low German pigge “peg,” German Pegel “gauge rod, watermark,” Middle Dutch pegel “little knob used as a mark,” Dutch peil “gauge, watermark, standard”), of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *bak- “staff used as support” (see bacillus). 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 1580s, but the original literal sense is uncertain (most of the likely candidates are not attested until centuries later). Peg leg “wooden leg” attested from 1765.
“fasten with or as if on a peg,” 1590s, from peg (n.). Slang sense of “identify, classify” first recorded 1920. Related: Pegged; pegging.
A throw, esp a hard one: His peg missed and the runner scored (1862+ Baseball)
square peg, take someone down a peg
In addition to the idiom beginning with
- Pegged tooth
pegged tooth n. A conical tooth whose sides converge from the neck at the gums to the incisal region.
[peg] /pɛg/ noun 1. 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. 2. Informal. a leg, either real or wooden: still on his pegs at […]
[peg-ee] /ˈpɛg i/ noun 1. a female given name, form of . fem. familiar proper name, alteration of Maggie (see Margaret).
noun 1. an artificial leg, especially a wooden one. 2. a person with an artificial leg. noun (informal) 1. an artificial leg, esp one made of wood 2. a person with an artificial leg modifier : Watch me pass that peg-leg gimp noun phrase A person who wears a wooden leg (1872+)