\ 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Meanwhile, the derivatives site FTX has seen traders buy futures contracts that peg the company's post-IPO value at $75 billion. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase is pegged for a valuation of up to $75 billion. Is that realistic?," 14 Jan. 2021 Arik's task one recent afternoon: use his left hand to pick up a 2-inch plastic peg affixed to a foam board. Star Tribune, "Fighting to live again: Shot in the head, Waseca cop endures grueling year of healing," 10 Jan. 2021 Overall, the bike sits a bit small for me at 6 foot but the bar and peg reach is comfy, not too low. Joe Michaud, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: 2021 Ninja 650 hits the mark," 18 Dec. 2020 Earlier this year, for example, Bloomberg reported that the Trump administration briefly entertained ways to undermine the Hong Kong dollar's peg to the US dollar as tensions between Washington and Beijing escalated. Laura He, CNN, "Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is having to hoard cash because banks won't deal with her," 30 Nov. 2020 Equipped with special peg boards, blind chess is a fascinating take on the sport, as the players have a completely singular experience of playing the game, using their other senses and imagination to strategize. Katie Walsh,, "What to stream: These chess films are perfect for a post-‘Queen’s Gambit’ savoring," 17 Nov. 2020 Drag Race has a nasty habit of airlifting confident queens out of NYC, knocking them down a peg or seven, and villainizing them in the process. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Pair of Queens," 1 Jan. 2021 At this point, a mathematician might place an imaginary peg in the center of a group of six Frisbees, then connect the pegs with imaginary lines. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, "Three Mathematicians We Lost in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020 Players peg based on all scoring combinations of the cards. cleveland, "For your holiday pleasure, we offer Crooks, a new card game appropriate for a year of thieves and miscreants," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Psaki began emphasizing the president's wish to see teaching fully restored to the classroom but didn't peg that to 100 days or any timetable. Calvin Woodward And Collin Binkley, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Biden and his shifting goalposts on schools," 17 Feb. 2021 Either Activision needs to peg all Call of Duty titles to a standardized core experience and game engine, or players are unlikely to ever see good integration between the different titles. Washington Post, "Call of Duty’s merged world has everything a player could want. Except logic.," 18 Dec. 2020 Two new polls released Thursday show President Donald Trump leading former Vice President Joe Biden in the Lone Star State, though both surveys still peg the White House race in Texas as within the margin of error. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Two new polls show Donald Trump with slight lead over Joe Biden in Texas," 24 Sep. 2020 That would peg free agency for late November or early December, giving teams an adequate window to assemble their rosters. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "How cap space has Detroit Pistons in driver's seat of 2020 NBA free agency," 21 Oct. 2020 Others peg the number at 27% That’s still a Biden wipeout. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Lots of Latinos voted for Trump. That should not be a surprise.," 4 Nov. 2020 But officials in those states are hesitant to peg the increases on legalization, and researchers haven't shown an increase in total traffic fatalities tied to the changes. Ryan Randazzo, USA TODAY, "Where recreational marijuana is legal, data show minimal impacts on teen use and traffic deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 But officials in those states are hesitant to peg the increases on legalization, and researchers haven't shown an increase in total traffic fatalities tied to the changes. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, "Where recreational marijuana is legal, data show minimal impacts on teen use and traffic deaths," 21 Oct. 2020 Biden has a Social Security plan that would revamp the COLA and peg it to an inflation index that more closely reflects changes in costs for older people, particularly health care. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Andrew Taylor, Star Tribune, "Social Security recipients will see modest rise for 2021: 'Something's got to give'," 13 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The toymaker father of young Olivia is dramatically kidnapped by a peg-legged bat. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney Plus review: ‘Great Mouse Detective’ clues us in on problem-solving, Sherlock," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of peg was in the 15th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Peg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small piece of wood, metal, or other material that is used to hold or fasten things or to hang things on
: a wooden piece in a musical instrument (such as a violin) that is turned to tighten or loosen a string



English Language Learners Definition of peg (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten (something) with pegs
: to put a peg into (something)
: to keep (something, such as a price) at a particular level or rate


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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.

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