- Inflections of 'peg' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
peg /pɛg/USA pronunciation
n., v., pegged, peg•ging, adj. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Buildinga shaped pin of wood, metal, etc., driven into something as a fastening, support, stopper, etc.:hung his coat on the peg by the door.
- a notch, level, or degree:to come down a peg.
- Informal Termsa hard throw, esp. as to a base in baseball:His peg to the plate beat the runner trying to score.
- British Termsclothespin.
- Buildingto fasten with or as if with pegs: [~ (+ down ) + object]worked quickly to peg down the canopy.[~ + object (+ down ) ]quickly pegged it down.
- to keep (a price, etc.) at a set level:[~ + object]The dollar was no longer pegged to the British pound.
- Informal Termsto throw (a ball) forcefully:[~ + object]pegged the ball to second base.
- Informal Termsto identify;
classify:[~ + object + as + object]She pegged him as a loser.
- peg away, [no object] to work continuously or for a long time at something:pegging away at his homework.
(peg),USA pronunciation n., v., pegged, peg•ging, adj. n.
- Buildinga pin of wood or other material driven or fitted into something, as to fasten parts together, to hang things on, to make fast a rope or string on, to stop a hole, or to mark some point.
- Informal Termsa leg, either real or wooden:still on his pegs at 99.
- a notch or degree:to come down a peg.
- an occasion, basis, or reason:a peg to hang a grievance on.
- Music and DanceAlso called pin. a pin of wood or metal in the neck of a stringed instrument that may be turned in its socket to adjust a string's tension.
- Informal Termsa throw, esp. in baseball:The peg to the plate was late.
- JournalismSee news peg.
- Economics, Businessthe level at which some price, exchange rate, etc., is set.
- British Termsan alcoholic drink, esp. a whiskey or brandy and soda.
- British Termsclothespin.
- Idiomstake down a peg, to reduce the pride or arrogance of;
humble:I guess that'll take him down a peg!
- Buildingto drive or insert a peg into.
- Buildingto fasten with or as with pegs.
- to mark with pegs.
- to strike or pierce with or as with a peg.
- to keep (the commodity price, exchange rate, etc.) at a set level, as by manipulation or law.
- Informal Termsto throw (a ball).
- Journalismto base (an article, feature story, etc.) upon;
justify by (usually fol. by on):The feature on the chief of police was pegged on the riots.
- Informal Termsto identify:to peg someone as a good prospect.
- to work or continue persistently or energetically:to peg away at a homework assignment.
- Informal Termsto throw a ball.
- Sport[Croquet.]to strike a peg, as in completing a game.
- ClothingAlso, pegged. tapered toward the bottom of the leg:peg trousers.
(peg),USA pronunciation n.
- Middle Dutch
- late Middle English pegge (noun, nominal), peggen (verb, verbal) 1400–50
- a female given name, form of Peggy.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
peg /pɛɡ/ n
vb (pegs, pegging, pegged)
- a small cylindrical pin or dowel, sometimes slightly tapered, used to join two parts together
- a pin pushed or driven into a surface: used to mark scores, define limits, support coats, etc
- any of several pins passing through the head (peg box) of a stringed instrument, which can be turned so as to tune strings wound around them
- Also called: clothes peg Brit a split or hinged pin for fastening wet clothes to a line to dry
US and Canadian equivalent: clothespin
- Brit a small drink of wine or spirits, esp of brandy or whisky and soda
- an opportunity or pretext for doing something: a peg on which to hang a theory
- informal a level of self-esteem, importance, etc (esp in the phrases bring or take down a peg)
See peg leg
- off the peg ⇒ chiefly Brit (of clothes) ready to wear, as opposed to tailor-made
Etymology: 15th Century: from Low Germanic pegge
- (transitive) to knock or insert a peg into or pierce with a peg
- (transitive) sometimes followed by down: to secure with pegs: to peg a tent
- (transitive) to mark (a score) with pegs, as in some card games
- (transitive) informal to aim and throw (missiles) at a target
- (intr; followed by away, along, etc) chiefly Brit to work steadily: he pegged away at his job for years
- (transitive) to stabilize (the price of a commodity, an exchange rate, etc) by legislation or market operations
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