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[muhm-buh l-tee-peg] /ˈmʌm bəl tiˌpɛg/
a children's game played with a pocketknife, the object being to cause the blade to stick in the ground or a wooden surface by flipping the knife in a number of prescribed ways or from a number of prescribed positions.
Also, mumbledepeg, mumbledypeg
[muhm-buh l-dee-peg] /ˈmʌm bəl diˌpɛg/ (Show IPA),
mumble peg, mumble-the-peg
[muhm-buh l-th uh-peg] /ˈmʌm bəl ðəˌpɛg/ (Show IPA),
mumblety-peg, mumbly-peg
[muhm-blee-peg] /ˈmʌm bliˌpɛg/ (Show IPA)
Origin of mumbletypeg
1620-30; from phrase mumble the peg (see mumble); so named because the losing player was formerly required to pull a peg from the ground with his or her teeth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Now I'll bet you a thousand dollars I can beat you three games out of five at mumblety-peg.

    The Man Next Door Emerson Hough
  • Only we didn't call it stick-knife,” said Old Hundred, “we called it mumblety-peg.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
British Dictionary definitions for mumblety-peg


(US) a game in which players throw a knife in various prescribed ways, the aim being to make the blade stick in the ground
Word Origin
C17: from mumble the peg, a loser in the game being required to pull the knife out of the ground using the teeth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mumblety-peg

boys' knife-throwing game, 1650s, originally mumble-the-peg (1620s), of unknown signification and origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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