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Inflections of 'peg' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
pegs
v 3rd person singular
pegging
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
pegged
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
pegged
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]
  1. 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.
  2. a notch, level, or degree:to come down a peg.
  3. Informal Termsa hard throw, esp. as to a base in baseball:His peg to the plate beat the runner trying to score.
  4. British Termsclothespin.

v. 
  1. Buildingto fasten with or as if with pegs: [(+ down ) + object]worked quickly to peg down the canopy.[+ object (+ down ) ]quickly pegged it down.
  2. to keep (a price, etc.) at a set level:[+ object]The dollar was no longer pegged to the British pound.
  3. Informal Termsto throw (a ball) forcefully:[+ object]pegged the ball to second base.
  4. Informal Termsto identify;
    label;
    classify:[+ object + as + object]She pegged him as a loser.
  5. peg away, [no object] to work continuously or for a long time at something:pegging away at his homework.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
peg  (peg),USA pronunciation n., v.,  pegged, peg•ging, adj. 
n. 
  1. 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.
  2. Informal Termsa leg, either real or wooden:still on his pegs at 99.
  3. a notch or degree:to come down a peg.
  4. an occasion, basis, or reason:a peg to hang a grievance on.
  5. 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.
  6. Informal Termsa throw, esp. in baseball:The peg to the plate was late.
  7. JournalismSee  news peg. 
  8. Economics, Businessthe level at which some price, exchange rate, etc., is set.
  9. British Termsan alcoholic drink, esp. a whiskey or brandy and soda.
  10. British Termsclothespin.
  11. Idiomstake down a peg, to reduce the pride or arrogance of;
    humble:I guess that'll take him down a peg!

v.t. 
  1. Buildingto drive or insert a peg into.
  2. Buildingto fasten with or as with pegs.
  3. to mark with pegs.
  4. to strike or pierce with or as with a peg.
  5. to keep (the commodity price, exchange rate, etc.) at a set level, as by manipulation or law.
  6. Informal Termsto throw (a ball).
  7. 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.
  8. Informal Termsto identify:to peg someone as a good prospect.

v.i. 
  1. to work or continue persistently or energetically:to peg away at a homework assignment.
  2. Informal Termsto throw a ball.
  3. Sport[Croquet.]to strike a peg, as in completing a game.

adj. 
  1. ClothingAlso,  pegged. tapered toward the bottom of the leg:peg trousers.
pegless, adj. 
peglike′, adj. 
  • Middle Dutch
  • late Middle English pegge (noun, nominal), peggen (verb, verbal) 1400–50

Peg  (peg),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a female given name, form of  Peggy. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
peg /pɛɡ/ n
  1. a small cylindrical pin or dowel, sometimes slightly tapered, used to join two parts together
  2. a pin pushed or driven into a surface: used to mark scores, define limits, support coats, etc
  3. 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
  4. Also called: clothes peg Brit a split or hinged pin for fastening wet clothes to a line to dry
    US and Canadian equivalent: clothespin
  5. Brit a small drink of wine or spirits, esp of brandy or whisky and soda
  6. an opportunity or pretext for doing something: a peg on which to hang a theory
  7. informal a level of self-esteem, importance, etc (esp in the phrases bring or take down a peg)
  8. informal
    See peg leg
  9. off the pegchiefly Brit (of clothes) ready to wear, as opposed to tailor-made
vb (pegs, pegging, pegged)
  1. (transitive) to knock or insert a peg into or pierce with a peg
  2. (transitive) sometimes followed by down: to secure with pegs: to peg a tent
  3. (transitive) to mark (a score) with pegs, as in some card games
  4. (transitive) informal to aim and throw (missiles) at a target
  5. (intr; followed by away, along, etc) chiefly Brit to work steadily: he pegged away at his job for years
  6. (transitive) to stabilize (the price of a commodity, an exchange rate, etc) by legislation or market operations
Etymology: 15th Century: from Low Germanic pegge
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