A peg protruding from a wine barrel.
- The definition of a peg is a small, cylinder shaped piece used to fasten two things together or to plug a hole.
An example of peg is the object put in the hole in a barrel to keep the liquid inside.
- Peg is defined as to secure something or to identify or categorize.
- An example of peg is to close the hole in a barrel.
- An example of peg is for a child to blame his brother for breaking a lamp.
- a short, usually tapering or pointed piece of wood, metal, etc. used to hold parts together or in place, or to close an opening, as in a barrel
- a projecting pin or bolt used to hang things on, fasten ropes to, mark degrees of measurement or keep the score in a game, etc.
- the distance between pegs
- a step or degree
- a fixed level, as for a price
- any of the pins which hold, and are used in regulating the tension of, the strings of a violin or other stringed instrument
- a point or prong for tearing, hooking, etc.
- a point of reference, esp. an excuse or reason
- Informal the foot or leg
- Informal an act or instance of throwing; esp., a hard, accurate throw from a baseball fielder
- Brit. clothespin
- Brit., Informal a drink, esp. of brandy or whiskey and soda
Origin of pegMiddle English pegge, probably ; from Low German source, as in Dutch peg, wooden plug ; from Indo-European base an unverified form bak-, staff from source Classical Latin baculum, stick
- to put a peg or pegs into so as to fasten, secure, mark, etc.
- to mark (a boundary, claim, etc.) with pegs: usually with out
- to strike with a peg so as to pierce or hook
- to fix (a price, etc.) at a particular level
- to score (points) in cribbage during the play of a hand
- Informal to give support, relevance, or perspective to (an idea, news story, etc.) by relating it to something else
- Informal to identify or categorize: pegged him as a man of action
- Informal to throw; esp., to throw forcefully: to peg a ball to first base
- to score points in cribbage during the play of a hand
- to move energetically or quickly: usually with down, along, etc.
off the peg
peg away (at)
to work steadily and persistently (at)
round peg in a square hole
a person in a position, situation, etc. for which he or she is unsuited or unqualified
also square peg in a round hole
take down a peg
to lower the pride or conceit of; humble or dispirit
- a. A small cylindrical or tapered pin, as of wood, used to fasten things or plug a hole.b. A similar pin forming a projection that may be used as a support or boundary marker.
- Music One of the pins of a stringed instrument that are turned to tighten or slacken the strings so as to regulate their pitch.
- A degree or notch, as in estimation: Our opinion of him went up a few pegs after he did the dishes.
- Chiefly British A drink of liquor.
- Baseball A low and fast throw made to put a base runner out.
- Informal A leg, especially a wooden one.
verbpegged, peg·ging, pegs
- To fasten or plug with a peg or pegs.
- To designate or mark by means of a peg or pegs.
- To fix (a price) at a certain level or within a certain range.
- Informal To classify; categorize: I pegged her as an opportunist. Why do you have me pegged as the rowdy one?
- Informal To throw.
To work steadily; persist: pegged away until our luck turned.
Origin of pegMiddle English pegge, from Middle Dutch.
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- price/earnings to growth ratio (PEG ratio)