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Nearby words

peevers, peevish, peevishly, peewee, peewit, peg, peg away at, peg climbing, peg down, peg leg, peg out


    take down a peg, to reduce the pride or arrogance of; humble: I guess that'll take him down a peg!

Origin of peg

1400–50; late Middle English pegge (noun), peggen (v.) < Middle Dutch
Related formspeg·less, adjectivepeg·like, adjectivere·peg, verb, re·pegged, re·peg·ging. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for 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.

British Dictionary definitions for peglike


/ (pɛɡ) /


verb pegs, pegging or pegged

See also peg down, peg out

Word Origin for peg

C15: from Low Germanic pegge
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Idioms and Phrases with peglike


In addition to the idiom beginning with peg

  • peg away at

also see:

  • square peg in a round hole
  • take down a notch (peg)
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