- 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 peg protruding from a wine barrel.
- 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
transitive verbpegged, pegging
- 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 maintain (prices, etc.) at a fixed 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)
round peg in a square hole
take down a peg
- 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 pegged, 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.
Origin of pegMiddle English pegge, from Middle Dutch.
- A cylindrical wooden or metal object used to fasten or as a bearing between objects.
- Measurement between the pegs: after killing an animal hunters used the distance between a peg near the animal's nose and one near the end of its body to measure its body length.
- A protrusion used to hang things on.
- Hang your coat on the peg and come in.
- (figuratively) A support; a reason; a pretext.
- a peg to hang a claim upon
- (cribbage) A peg moved on a crib board to keep score.
- (finance) A fixed exchange rate, where a currency's value is matched to the value of another currency or measure such as gold
- (UK) A small quantity of a strong alcoholic beverage.
- A place formally allotted for fishing
- (colloquial, dated) A leg or foot.
- One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
- A step; a degree.
- a square peg in a round hole
- clothes peg
- tent peg
(third-person singular simple present pegs, present participle pegging, simple past and past participle pegged)
- To fasten using a peg.
- Let's peg the rug to the floor.
- To affix or pin.
- I found a tack and pegged your picture to the bulletin board.
- She lunged forward and pegged him to the wall.
- To narrow the cuff openings of a pair of pants so that the legs take on a peg shape.
- To throw.
- To indicate or ascribe an attribute to. (Assumed to originate from the use of pegs or pins as markers on a bulletin board or a list.)
- He's been pegged as a suspect.
- I pegged his weight at 165.
- (cribbage) To move one's pegs to indicate points scored; to score with a peg.
- She pegged twelve points.
- (slang) To reach or exceed the maximum value on a scale or gauge.
- We pegged the speedometer across the flats.
- (slang, typically in heterosexual contexts) To engage in anal sex by penetrating one's male partner with a dildo
- level pegging
- pegged pants
From Middle English pegge, from Middle Dutch pegge (“pin, peg”), from Old Saxon *pigg-, *pegg-, from Proto-Germanic *pig-, *pag- (“peg, stake”), from Proto-Indo-European *bak-, *baḱ- (“club, pointed stick, peg”). Cognate with Dutch dialectal peg (“pin”), Low German pig, pigge (“peg, stick with a point”), Low German pegel (“post, stake”), Swedish pigg (“tooth, spike”), Irish bac (“stick, crook”), Latin baculum (“staff”), Latvian bakstît (“to poke”), Ancient Greek βάκτρον (báktron, “staff, walking stick”). Related to beak.