American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small cylindrical or tapered pin, as of wood, used to fasten things or plug a hole.
- n. A similar pin forming a projection that may be used as a support or boundary marker.
- n. Music One of the pins of a stringed instrument that are turned to tighten or slacken the strings so as to regulate their pitch.
- n. A degree or notch, as in estimation: Our opinion of him went up a few pegs after he did the dishes.
- n. Chiefly British A drink of liquor.
- n. Baseball A low and fast throw made to put a base runner out.
- n. Informal A leg, especially a wooden one.
- v. To fasten or plug with a peg or pegs.
- v. To designate or mark by means of a peg or pegs.
- v. To fix (a price) at a certain level or within a certain range.
- v. Informal To classify; categorize: I pegged her as an opportunist. Why do you have me pegged as the rowdy one?
- v. Informal To throw.
- v. To work steadily; persist: pegged away until our luck turned.
- idiom. take (someone) down a peg To reduce the pride of; humble.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pointed pin of wood, metal, or other material. Specifically— In carpentry, a pointed piece of wood driven into a bored hole to fasten boards or other woodwork; a tree-nail.
- n. A pin which serves to transmit power or perform any other function in machinery, etc.
- n. A projecting pin on which to hang anything.
- n. A small wedge-shaped projecting piece of hard wood fixed to a jewelers’ board, upon which the workman performs most of his operations.
- n. A pin used in the game of cribbage to mark the points.
- n. A pin thrust or driven into a hole, and generally left projecting, as a tent-peg, used in fastening a tent to the ground, or a vent-peg, used to stop the vent of a cask.
- n. A foot or leg. Compare pin in like sense.
- n. A pin or point fastened to a pole or string, used to spear or harpoon turtles; a turtle-peg.
- n. The nag or wooden ball used in the game of shinty.
- n. A stroke; a blow.
- n. A drink made of soda-water poured upon spirit, usually whisky or brandy.The name originated with British officers in India.
- To thrust or drive pegs into for the purpose of fastening; fasten by means of pegs; furnish with pegs: as, to peg boots or shoes.
- To spear or harpoon (the green turtle) by means of the turtle-peg.
- To fix (a market price), and prevent fluctuation, by buying all that is offered at that price, thus preventing any lower quotations from being made, or selling all that the market will take at that price, thus preventing higher quotations.
- To work or strive persistently: generally followed by away or along.
- To use the turtle-peg: as, to peg for a living.
- To depart; die.
- n. One of the cells or natural divisions into which an orange may be separated after removing the skin.
- To pith (a frog); destroy the brain of, previous to certain experiments.
- Same as to peg out .
- To mark out by pegs, as a miner's claim, each peg bearing the owner's name.
- In croquet, to put out by driving against the winning peg: said of a ball.
- n. A cylindrical wooden, metal etc. object used to fasten or as a bearing between objects.
- n. A protrusion used to hang things on.
- n. cribbage A peg moved on a crib board to keep score.
- n. finance A fixed exchange rate, where a currency's value is matched to the value of another currency or measure such as gold
- n. UK A small quantity of a strong alcoholic beverage.
- n. A place formally allotted for fishing
- v. To fasten using a peg.
- v. To affix or pin.
- v. To narrow the cuff openings of a pair of pants so that the legs take on a peg shape.
- v. To throw.
- v. 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.)
- v. cribbage To move one's pegs to indicate points scored.
- v. slang To reach or exceed the maximum value on a scale or gauge.
- v. slang, typically in heterosexual contexts To engage in anal sex by penetrating one's male partner with a dildo
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc..
- n. A wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things, as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A support; a reason; a pretext.
- n. One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
- n. One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.
- n. A step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase “To take one down a
- n. India A drink of spirits, usually whisky or brandy diluted with soda water.
- n. (Baseball) a hard throw, especially one made to put out a baserunner.
- v. To put pegs into; to fasten the parts of with pegs; ; to confine with pegs; to restrict or limit closely.
- v. (Cribbage), colloq. To score with a peg, as points in the game.
- v. To identify; to recognize.
- v. (Baseball) To throw (a ball).
- v. To work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; -- usually with
on, at, or away.
- n. a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
- n. regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument
- v. succeed in obtaining a position
- n. small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
- n. a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
- v. fasten or secure with a wooden pin
- n. informal terms for the leg
- n. a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
- v. pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
- v. stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations
- From Middle English, from Middle Dutch pegge ("pin, peg"), from Old Saxon *pigg-, *pegg-, from Proto-Germanic *pig-, *pag- (“peg, stake”), from Proto-Indo-European *bak- (“club, pointed stick, peg”). Cognate with Dutch dialectal peg ("pin"), Low German pig, pigge ("peg, stick with a point"), Low German pegel ("post, stake"), Irish bac ("stick, crook"), Latin baculum ("staff"), Latvian bakstît ("to poke"), Ancient Greek βάκτρον (báktron, "staff, walking stick"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English pegge, from Middle Dutch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“There were many of his kind so maimed, and the wolfers, abbreviating the term peg-legs, called these three-footed ones "pegs.”
“Whether the peg is adjusted slowly or abruptly in an emergency the Chinese will emerge the least scathed from any such event peg or not, all roads point to YUAN appreciation.”
“Analysts agree that further increases lie ahead, because despite strong opposition to joining the euro outright, the peg is a matter of national pride and a key source of stability.”
“What the Chinese are doing when they peg is buying US paper when dollars from their exports come back to their border.”
“The peg is a built-in export subsidy managed by the PBC.”
“The problem with Chinese like capital controls and the peg is that they prevent the Chinese people from having the purchasing power that s appropriate for their economy.”
“Today's peg is a report on the breakdown of family life, specifically disaffection among teenagers, and how the "media class" just doesn't get it.”
“The fact that Smy has a built-in peg system for his marital situation makes me laugh every time.”
“The peg is crucial to Denmark because it allows the country to offer security against exchange-rate fluctuations with important trading partners in the euro area, she said.”
“This latest square peg is part of a continuing effort to regulate GMOs without asking Congress to pass any new laws.”
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