What does peg mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. peg, nognoun

    a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface

  2. peg, pinnoun

    small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.

  3. pin, peg, sticknoun

    informal terms for the leg

    "fever left him weak on his sticks"

  4. peg, wooden leg, leg, peglegnoun

    a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg

  5. pegnoun

    regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument

  6. peg, pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlockverb

    a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

  7. nail down, nail, pegverb

    succeed in obtaining a position

    "He nailed down a spot at Harvard"

  8. pegverb

    pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into

  9. peg, peg downverb

    fasten or secure with a wooden pin

    "peg a tent"

  10. pegverb

    stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations

    "The weak currency was pegged to the US Dollar"


  1. Pegnoun

    (Baseball) a hard throw, especially one made to put out a baserunner; as, the peg to the plate went wild.

  2. Pegverb

    To identify; to recognize; as, she pegged him as a good carpenter; he was pegged as a blowhard as soon as he started speaking; he was pegged as a exceptional player even in high school.

  3. Pegverb

    (Baseball) To throw (a ball); as, he pegged the runner out at second.


  1. pegnoun

    A cylindrical wooden, metal etc. object used to fasten or as a bearing between objects.

  2. pegnoun

    A protrusion used to hang things on.

  3. pegnoun

    A peg moved on a crib board to keep score.

  4. pegnoun

    A fixed exchange rate, where a currency's value is matched to the value of another currency or measure such as gold

  5. pegnoun

    A small quantity of a strong alcoholic beverage.

  6. pegnoun

    A place formally allotted for fishing

  7. pegverb

    To fasten using a peg.

    Let's peg the rug to the floor.

  8. pegverb

    To affix or pin.

  9. pegverb

    To narrow the cuff openings of a pair of pants so that the legs take on a peg shape.

  10. pegverb

    To throw.

  11. pegverb

    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.)

  12. pegverb

    To move one's pegs to indicate points scored.

  13. pegverb

    To reach or exceed the maximum value on a scale or gauge.

    We pegged the speedometer across the flats.

  14. pegverb

    To engage in anal sex by penetrating one's male partner with a dildo

  15. Pegnoun

    A diminutive of the female given names Peggy and Margaret.

  16. Pegnoun

    The city of Winnipeg.

    I just got back from the Peg.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pegnoun

    Etymology: pegghe, Teutonick.

    Solid bodies foreshew rain; as boxes and pegs of wood, when they draw and wind hard. Francis Bacon.

    The teeth are about thirty in each jaw; all of them claviculares or peg teeth, not much unlike the tusks of a mastiff. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    If he pretends to be cholerick, we shall treat him like his little friend Dicky, and hang him upon a peg till he comes to himself. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 108.

    The pegs and nails in a great building, though they are but little valued in themselves, are absolutely necessary to keep the whole frame together. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    A finer petticoat can neither make you richer, more virtuous or wise, than if it hung upon a peg. Jonathan Swift.

    You are well tun’d now; but I’ll let down
    The pegs that make this musick. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Remember how in arms and politicks,
    We still have worsted all your holy tricks,
    Trepann’d your party with intrigue,
    And took your grandees down a peg. Hudibras.

  2. To Pegverb

    To fasten with a peg.

    I will rend an oak,
    And peg thee in his knotty entrails, ’till
    Thou’st howl’d away twelve winters. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Taking the shoots of the past spring, and pegging them down in very rich earth, by that time twelvemonth they will be ready to remove. John Evelyn, Kalendar.


  1. Peg

    Peg is a song by American rock group Steely Dan, first released on the band's 1977 album Aja. The track was released as single in 1977 and reached number 11 on the US Billboard chart in 1978 and number eight on the Cash Box chart. With a chart run of 19 weeks, "Peg" is tied with "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Hey Nineteen" for being their longest-running chart hit. In Canada, "Peg" spent three weeks at number seven during March 1978.


  1. peg

    A peg is a small cylindrical or tapered piece made of wood, metal or plastic, which is used to hold or fasten things together, to hang things on, or to mark positions. It could also refer to a measure or standard for evaluating or comparing the quality or performance of something. In finance, 'peg' can also refer to the process of stabilizing a country's currency rate by fixing it to the value of another country’s currency.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pegnoun

    a small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc.; as, a shoe peg

  2. Pegnoun

    a wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things, as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A support; a reason; a pretext; as, a peg to hang a claim upon

  3. Pegnoun

    one of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained

  4. Pegnoun

    one of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board

  5. Pegnoun

    a step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase "To take one down peg."

  6. Pegverb

    to put pegs into; to fasten the parts of with pegs; as, to peg shoes; to confine with pegs; to restrict or limit closely

  7. Pegverb

    to score with a peg, as points in the game; as, she pegged twelwe points

  8. Pegverb

    to work diligently, as one who pegs shoes; -- usually with on, at, or away; as, to peg away at a task

  9. Etymology: [OE. pegge; cf. Sw. pigg, Dan. pig a point, prickle, and E. peak.]


  1. Peg

    "Peg" is a song by American rock group, Steely Dan, first released on the band's 1977 album entitled Aja. The track was released as single in 1977 and reached #11 on the USBillboard chart in 1978 and #8 on the Cash Box chart. The song is a blend of rock, jazz, and R&B. The song's guitar solo was attempted by seven top studio session guitarists ‒ including Robben Ford ‒ before Jay Graydon's version became the "keeper". He worked on the song for about six hours before the band was satisfied. Michael McDonald can be heard providing multi-tracked backup vocals in the choruses, and keyboardist Paul Griffin can also be heard improvising background vocals in the final chorus and fadeout. "Peg" was heavily sampled on the 1989 De La Soul song, "Eye Know". In 2007, the song was covered by Nerina Pallot.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Peg

    peg, n. a wooden pin for fastening boards, or the soles of shoes: one of the pins on which the strings of a musical instrument are stretched: a reason or excuse for action: a drink of soda-water with brandy, &c.: a degree or step.—v.t. to fasten with a peg: to keep up the market price by buying or selling at a fixed price: to make points during the game of cribbage before the show of hands.—v.i. to work with unremitting effort:—pr.p. peg′ging; pa.t. and pa.p. pegged.—ns. Peg′-fiched, an English game played with pegs or pointed sticks; Peg′-float, a machine for rasping away the ends of pegs inside shoes.—adj. Pegged, fashioned of, or furnished with, pegs.—ns. Peg′ging, the act of fastening with a peg: pegs collectively: a thrashing: determined perseverance in work; Peg′-leg, a wooden leg of the simplest form, or one who walks on such; Peg′-strip, a ribbon of wood cut to the width, &c., of a shoe-peg; Peg′-tank′ard, a drinking-vessel having each one's share marked off by a knob; Peg′-top, a child's plaything made to spin round by winding a string round it and then rapidly pulling it off: (pl.) a kind of trousers, wide at the top and narrow at the ankles.—adj. shaped like a top.—Peg away, to keep continually working.—Take down a peg, to take down, to humble. [Scand.; as in Dan. pig, a spike.]

Editors Contribution

  1. peg

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanisms, shapes, sizes and styles.

    A peg can be used to attach clothing to a line or clothes airer, it can also be used to put between furniture to fit one piece to another.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2016  

  2. peg

    To use a peg.

    She loved to peg the washing on the clothes line on a dry day and smell the beautiful smells when she took it back in dry and folded it.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of peg in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of peg in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of peg in a Sentence

  1. Isaac Boltansky:

    The dial was turned one peg louder on the concentration issue.

  2. James Reeve:

    Markets believe there is an increasing chance of the dollar peg being broken in the medium term, given low oil prices and potential strains on the balance of payments, we don't believe that the peg will be broken.

  3. Sebastien Barbe:

    Pressure is building because of lower oil prices and a higher dollar. If oil prices continue to move lower and you have more questions raised about changing the peg, the spread will continue to widen.

  4. Sean King Park Strategies:

    Beijing will express total outrage at the [UN tribunal] ruling, refusing to acknowledge its validity. Vietnam and others will politely applaud a favorable Manila ruling, as it’ll knock down Beijing a peg or two and thus, at least rhetorically, strengthen their own posture versus Beijing.

  5. Greg Medcraft:

    We don't regulate markets like we regulate banks, it is like creating a square peg for a round hole.

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Translations for peg

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  • anklammern, klammern, Stift, schätzen, Holzdübel, Wäscheklammer, werfen, PflockGerman
  • tappi, naulaFinnish
  • mettre sur le dos, patère, cheviller, porte-manteau, cheville, fixer, épingler, cataloguer comme, lancer avec forceFrench
  • snagiIcelandic
  • attaccapanni, tassello, pioloItalian
  • titi, karatitiMāori
  • крючок, вешалка, колышекRussian
  • knarv, tappSwedish
  • atmak, tahmin etmek, asmak, tutturmak, ağaç çivi, mandal, pimTurkish
  • 衣夾Chinese

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