- A small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc.; as, a shoe peg .
- A wooden pin, or nail, on which to hang things, as coats, etc. Hence, colloquially and figuratively: A support; a reason; a pretext; as, a peg to hang a claim upon.
- One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained.
- One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.
- A step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase “To take one down a peg.”"To screw papal authority to the highest peg." [Barrow.]"And took your grandees down a peg." [Hudibras.]
- A drink of spirits, usually whisky or brandy diluted with soda water.(India)"This over, the club will be visited for a “ peg,” Anglice drink." [Harper's Mag.]
- [Baseball] a hard throw, especially one made to put out a baserunner; as, the peg to the plate went wild.
Etymology: OE. pegge; cf. Sw. pigg, Dan. pig a point, prickle, and E. peak