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[pee-vee] /ˈpi vi/
noun, plural peaveys.
a cant hook with a sharply pointed end, used in handling logs.
Origin of peavey
1865-70, Americanism; named after Joseph Peavey, its inventor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • In the meantime Merritt and peavey Jo, standing a few feet apart, had been eying each other.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • But he nigh brained me with a peavey once, when I had only my bare hands.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • Now get off o these booms, or Ill bash in your head with a peavey.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • Then, as a man pries jack-straws, he clamped his peavey and tugged sharply.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • It caught peavey Jo on the point of the chin and he went down.

    The Boy With the U. S. Foresters Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • She laughed, and thinking of peavey, blushed under his quick gaze.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • At the end of the week a curt farewell letter came from Mr. peavey, in which she believed she divined the hand of Brennon.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • "I owe you an explanation, Miss Baxter," peavey began abruptly.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • "I don't want to seem too prominent in this campaign," he said to Colonel peavey.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Not an axe, peavey or cant-hook was touched; not a team was hitched up.

    The Snow-Burner Henry Oyen
British Dictionary definitions for peavey


noun (pl) -veys, -vies
(US & Canadian) a wooden lever with a metal pointed end and a hinged hook, used for handling logs Compare cant hook
Word Origin
C19: named after Joseph Peavey, American who invented it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for peavey

"pointed cant hook," a lumbering hook, 1878, said to be named for a John Peavey, blacksmith in Bolivar, N.Y., who supposedly invented it c.1872. Other sources ascribe it to a Joseph Peavey of Stillwater, Maine, and give a date of 1858.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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