- 1a short piece of wood, metal or plastic used for holding things together, hanging things on, marking a position, etc. There's a peg near the door to hang your coat on. Mark the boundary with pegs. The score is kept by inserting pegs into a board.
- 2(also tent peg) a small pointed piece of wood or metal that you attach to the ropes of a tent and push into the ground in order to hold the tent in place See related entries: Camping
- 3(also clothes peg) (both British English) (North American English clothespin) a piece of wood or plastic used for attaching wet clothes to a clothes line
- 4(also tuning peg) a wooden, metal or plastic screw used for making the strings of a musical instrument tighter or looser
- 5(Indian English) a small amount of a drink, especially a strong alcoholic one a peg of whisky Word Origin late Middle English: probably of Low German origin; compare with Dutch dialect peg
(of clothes) made to a standard average size and not made especially to fit you He buys his clothes off the peg. off-the-peg fashions See related entries: Describing clothes, In the store something that gives you an excuse or opportunity to discuss or explain something The character provides a peg to hang the writer’s political ideas on. (informal) a person who does not feel happy or comfortable in a particular situation, or who is not suitable for it