Definitions and meaning of peg
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.
This is one of the very few English words that begin with a p and come from Proto-Germanic. Proto-Germanic *p, when not in a consonant cluster beginning with *s, developed by Grimm's law from the Proto-Indo-European consonant *b, which was very rare.
- IPA(key): /pɛɡ/, [pʰɛɡ]
- Homophone: Peg
- Rhymes: -ɛɡ
peg (plural pegs)
- 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 tail to measure its body length.
- A protrusion used to hang things on.
- (figuratively) A support; a reason; a pretext.
- (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
- (Britain) A small quantity of a strong alcoholic beverage.
- 1898, unknown author, Harper's Magazine
- This over, the club will be visited for a "peg," Anglice drink.
- A place formally allotted for fishing
- (colloquial, dated) A leg or foot.
- 1913, D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, chapter 2
- "Now I'm cleaned up for thee: tha's no 'casions ter stir a peg all day, but sit and read thy books."
- One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
- But I'll set down the pegs that make this music,
- As honest as I am.
- 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 1, chapter 4
- Did we form ourselves, choosing, and our powers? I find myself, for one, as a stringed instrument with chords and stops - but I have no power to turn the pegs, or pitch my thoughts to a higher or lower key.
- A step; a degree.
- a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, A Treatise on the Pope's Supremacy (sermon)
- to screw papal authority to the highest peg
- 1662, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
- We still have worsted all your holy tricks; / Trepann'd your party with intrigue, / And took your grandees down a peg […]
- Short for clothes peg.
- (journalism) A topic of interest, such as an ongoing event or an anniversary, around which various features can be developed.
- 2010, Barbie Zelizer, Stuart Allan, Keywords in News and Journalism Studies (page 111)
- Journalists and prospective sources wishing to attract their attention are constantly on the lookout for pegs. The process by which a peg is identified is informed by news values.
- (cricket, slang) A stump.
- 1961, Colin McCool, Cricket is a Game (page 123)
- Lindy hit the pegs with five deliveries out of six.
- (slang) The penetration of one's (male) partner in the anus using a dildo.
- (small quantity of strong liquor): shot
peg (third-person singular simple present pegs, present participle pegging, simple past and past participle pegged)
- (transitive) To fasten using a peg.
- (transitive) To affix or pin.
- (transitive) To fix a value or price.
- (transitive) To narrow the cuff openings of a pair of pants so that the legs take on a peg shape.
- (transitive, slang) To throw.
- (transitive, slang) 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.)
- (cribbage) To move one's pegs to indicate points scored; to score with a peg.
- (transitive, slang) To reach or exceed the maximum value on (a scale or gauge).
- (slang, transitive, typically in heterosexual contexts) To engage in anal sex by penetrating (one's male partner) with a dildo.
- (intransitive) To keep working hard at something; to peg away.
- 1911, William Montgomerie Lamont, Volunteer memories (page 160)
- For more than the period of his splendid service in India, which the country was not slow to acknowledge, the Volunteers had kept pegging at it, despite all the official obstacles thrown in the way […]
- level pegging
- pegged pants
- wedge, compare Latin cuneus
- cone, compare Latin conus
- cunny, cunt, compare Latin cunnus
- (cribbage): muggins
- IPA(key): /paj/, [pʰɑjˀ]
- Rhymes: -ajˀ
- imperative of pege
- genitive dual/plural of pega
- to fasten with a wooden pin.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)