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peg leg

an artificial leg, especially a wooden one.
a person with an artificial leg.
Origin of peg leg
First recorded in 1760-70
Related forms
peglegged, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for peg leg
Historical Examples
  • The foreman, uttering an exultant yell, aimed a kick at Tom's head with his peg leg.

  • peg leg Reynolds took only the night to decide; next day he hit the trail.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • No one expects peg leg Smith to pay for any thing, where he is known.

    Christopher Carson John S. C. Abbott
  • peg leg Reynolds, as always, master of ceremonies, then ordered him tied to the stove.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • He stumped out on his peg leg to give us the "top o' the morning."

  • But peg leg was a rough dancing master, and before he said enough an ordinary man would have dropped exhausted.

    Held for Orders Frank H. Spearman
  • A grizzled old man with a long red beard and a peg leg was digging around the geraniums as we approached.

  • Auguste saw a tall, mustached man thumping up from the back of the court with the aid of a crutch and a peg leg.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Danny called over the mate, a one-legged man named Juan, who walked with a jaunty stride despite his peg leg.

    My Shipmate--Columbus Stephen Wilder
British Dictionary definitions for peg leg

peg leg

noun (informal)
an artificial leg, esp one made of wood
a person with an artificial leg
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for peg leg

peg leg


: Watch me pass that peg-leg gimp

noun phrase

A person who wears a wooden leg (1872+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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