Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A game in which players toss a jackknife in various prescribed ways, with the object being to make the blade stick firmly into the ground.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a game in which players throw or flip a jackknife in various ways so that the knife sticks in the ground

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the phrase mumble the peg, from the fact that originally the loser had to pull up with the teeth a peg driven into the ground.]

Examples

  • A boy on an idle Saturday, playing a solitary game of mumblety-peg in the shade of a cottonwood.

    Excerpt: Crossers by Philip Caputo

  • Two boys (who might be Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn) play mumblety-peg with pocketknives.

    The Art of Politics

  • After lunch I was sitting on top of Bald Hill with Hilliard Wood, Mehetable Hughes, and Ruth Ann Catlin, playing mumblety-peg with my jackknife.

    Stillwater

  • We dallied too long at a best-of-seven series of mumblety-peg by the Great Rock.

    Stillwater

  • After lunch I was sitting on top of Bald Hill with Hilliard Wood, Mehetable Hughes, and Ruth Ann Catlin, playing mumblety-peg with my jackknife.

    Stillwater

  • After lunch I was sitting on top of Bald Hill with Hilliard Wood, Mehetable Hughes, and Ruth Ann Catlin, playing mumblety-peg with my jackknife.

    Stillwater

  • We dallied too long at a best-of-seven series of mumblety-peg by the Great Rock.

    Stillwater

  • We dallied too long at a best-of-seven series of mumblety-peg by the Great Rock.

    Stillwater

  • Gus had taught two of the boys to play mumblety-peg. Matilda and Long Bill had taught them simple card games.

    The Lonesome Dove Series

  • He devoted his leisure to complicated games of mumblety-peg with the Rainey boys.

    The Lonesome Dove Series

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