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  1. wide at the hips and narrowing to the ankle: peg-top trousers; peg-top skirts.
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Origin of peg-top

1860–65; adjective use of peg top (in the sense “a child's toy that spins on a peg”)

peg top

  1. a child's wooden top that spins on a metal peg.
  2. peg tops, peg-top trousers.
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Origin of peg top

First recorded in 1650–60
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Examples from the Web for peg-top

Historical Examples of peg-top

  • Mayakin spoke fast, whirling like a peg-top amid the crowd of people.

    Foma Gordyeff

    Maxim Gorky

  • The adjoining figure (Fig. 101) gives a view of the peg-top.

    The Story of the Heavens

    Robert Stawell Ball

  • It spins to brave music, this peg-top, but its metier is to spin.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd

  • "I'll stay at home with Peg-top," he said, in his slow, distinct way.

    Little Miss Peggy

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • My head do turn round, just for all the world like a peg-top.

British Dictionary definitions for peg-top


  1. (of skirts, trousers, etc) wide at the hips then tapering off towards the ankle
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peg top

  1. a child's spinning top, usually made of wood with a metal centre pin
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