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.

Origin of peg top

First recorded in 1650–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of peg-top

British Dictionary definitions for peg-top


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

peg top

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