\ ˈpeg How to pronounce peg (audio) \

Definition of peg

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a small usually cylindrical pointed or tapered piece (as of wood) used to pin down or fasten things or to fit into or close holes : pin, plug
b British : clothespin
c : a predetermined level at which something (such as a price) is fixed
2a : a projecting piece used as a support or boundary marker
b : something (such as a fact or issue) used as a support, pretext, or reason a news peg for the story
3a : one of the movable wooden pegs set in the head of a stringed instrument (such as a violin) that are turned to regulate the pitch of the strings — see violin illustration
b : a step or degree especially in estimation
4 : a pointed prong or claw for catching or tearing
5 British : drink poured himself out a stiff peg— Dorothy Sayers
6 : something (such as a leg) resembling a peg
7 : throw especially : a hard throw in baseball made in an attempt to put out a base runner


pegged; pegging

Definition of peg (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to put a peg into
b British : to pin (laundry) on a clothesline
2 : to attach or fix as if with a peg: such as
a : to pin down : restrict
b : to fix or hold (something, such as prices or wage increases) at a predetermined level or rate
c : to place in a definite category : identify was pegged as an intellectual
3 : to mark by pegs
4 : throw

intransitive verb

1 : to work steadily and diligently often used with away
2 : to move along vigorously or hastily : hustle


variants: or pegged

Definition of peg (Entry 3 of 4)

: wide at the top and narrow at the bottom peg pants

Definition of PEG (Entry 4 of 4)

polyethylene glycol

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Examples of peg in a Sentence

Noun Her coat hung on a peg by the door. took the arrogant student down a peg Verb Is the tent pegged down all the way? peg the price of wheat at its current level His bonus is pegged to how many sales he makes each year for the company.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This proposal from Kwon comes after Luna Foundation Guard dumped $2.4 billion worth of its Bitcoin reserves, along with other assets, to try and save Terra’s UST stablecoin peg. Taylor Locke, Fortune, 16 May 2022 As TerraUSD decoupled from its peg May 10, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen renewed calls for Congress to authorize regulation of stablecoins. Caitlin Ostroff, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Nothing has really happened since then to take him down a peg, other than Zandon putting in some strong work in the mornings to surpass him in the eyes of many handicappers and the morning-line oddsmaker at Churchill Downs. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Crow was a bit of a square peg in an early ’90s rock landscape that favored raw bands like Hole. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Their goal was to take the powerful down a peg, expose their rampant graft and self-dealing, and inspire popular support for progressive reforms. Damon Linker, The Week, 20 Apr. 2022 But its peg to the dollar is dependent on the value and availability of its investments, and here the new disclosure brings both good and bad news. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2021 Fair to guess that someone will get taken down a peg. Darren Franich,, 29 Mar. 2022 On occasion, his pieces feel like fitting a square peg in a round hole. Lauren Warnecke,, 3 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Stablecoins typically peg themselves to the dollar and hold a reserve of actual dollars in a bank deposit to redeem the coins. Greg Ip, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Macron has already pledged to extend existing caps on energy prices, and to peg pensions to inflation, among other measures. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 As inflation has surged recently, Mr. Macron has also authorized billions of euros in subsidies for energy bills and at the gas pump and has promised to peg pension payments to inflation starting this summer. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 The 2021-22 season that was filled with so much promise had no fewer than five different Vegas oddsmakers peg the Nets as a championship favorite. Scooby Axson, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Estimates from those groups peg the overall numbers at near 6,500 people. al, 8 Mar. 2022 Trying to peg gas pump prices is like keeping an oil slick from spreading., 8 Apr. 2022 The Boogaloo Bois’ flavor of libertarian, anti-law-enforcement anarchism can be hard to peg on the left-right political spectrum. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, 20 Mar. 2022 Here’s what’s currently peaking our interest: The Maine legislature will hold a hearing today on a bill that would peg how much Mainers pay for certain prescriptions to how much is charged in a number of Canadian provinces. Nicholas Florko, STAT, 18 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The toymaker father of young Olivia is dramatically kidnapped by a peg-legged bat. Dewayne Bevil,, 18 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of peg


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1543, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for peg


Middle English pegge, probably from Middle Dutch

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“Peg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈpeg How to pronounce peg (audio) \

Kids Definition of peg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small stick or rod (as of wood or metal) used especially to fasten things together or to hang things on
2 : a piece driven into the ground to mark a boundary or to hold something He pounded in a peg for a tent rope.
3 : a level in approval or esteem The new kid took that bragger down a peg.


pegged; pegging

Kids Definition of peg (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to mark or fasten with a small stick or rod driven into a surface
2 : to work hard I keep pegging away at my job.



Medical Definition of PEG

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