pea·​vey ˈpē-vē How to pronounce peavey (audio)
variants or peavy
plural peaveys or peavies
: a lumberman's lever that has a pivoting hooked arm and metal spike at one end

called also cant dog

compare cant hook

Illustration of peavey

Illustration of peavey

Examples of peavey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Principal tools of a riverjack are his pike pole and peavey. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 16 Feb. 2019 The peavey is a five-foot tool with a hook at the end used principally for turning logs over. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 16 Feb. 2019

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Word History


Joseph Peavey †1873 American blacksmith

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peavey was in 1870

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“Peavey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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