noun, plural pea·veys.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peavey

Historical Examples of peavey

  • "I don't want to seem too prominent in this campaign," he said to Colonel Peavey.

    A Spoil of Office

    Hamlin Garland

  • If they happen to have peavey handles they might bring them along.

    Sudden Jim

    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for peavey



noun plural -veys or -vies

US and Canadian a wooden lever with a metal pointed end and a hinged hook, used for handling logsCompare cant hook

Word Origin for peavey

C19: named after Joseph Peavey, American who invented it
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

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