verb (used with object), pegged, peg·ging.
verb (used without object), pegged, peg·ging.
Origin of peg
Examples from the Web for peglike
Historical Examples of peglike
Serrations of beaks blunt and peglike, moderately developed on both beaks, but slightly stronger on lower one.The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacn, Mxico
William E. Duellman
There are two, much worn, peglike fragments of the tooth projecting slightly from an ovoid alveolar cavity 5.1 mm.A New Subspecies of Wood Rat (Neotoma mexicana) from Colorado
Robert B. Finley
verb pegs, pegging or pegged
Word Origin for peg
mid-15c., from Middle Dutch pegge "peg," a common Low German word (cf. Low German pigge "peg," German Pegel "gauge rod, watermark," Middle Dutch pegel "little knob used as a mark," Dutch peil "gauge, watermark, standard"), of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *bak- "staff used as support" (see bacillus). To be a square peg in a round hole "be inappropriate for one's situation" is attested from 1836; to take someone down a peg is from 1580s, but the original literal sense is uncertain (most of the likely candidates are not attested until centuries later). Peg leg "wooden leg" attested from 1765.
"fasten with or as if on a peg," 1590s, from peg (n.). Slang sense of "identify, classify" first recorded 1920. Related: Pegged; pegging.
In addition to the idiom beginning with peg
- peg away at
- square peg in a round hole
- take down a notch (peg)