A peg is a bolt or pin that holds something in place or marks a location. When you use peg as a verb, it means to identify someone or something: "I pegged you as a word lover, the first time I laid eyes on you."

A coat rack might consist of a line of wooden pegs, and you might also secure a tent by driving metal pegs into the ground to hold it there. When you fasten or pierce something with a peg, you can say you peg it. Informally, if you peg a person, you make a judgment about them: "I'd peg him as a messy housekeeper based on the way his dorm room looks."

Definitions of peg
  1. noun
    a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
    synonyms: nog
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    golf tee, tee
    a short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground
    tent peg
    a peg driven into the ground to hold a rope supporting a tent
    treenail, trenail, trunnel
    a wooden peg that is used to fasten timbers in shipbuilding; water causes the peg to swell and hold the timbers fast
    type of:
    a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
  2. noun
    small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
    synonyms: pin
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    type of:
    insignia, mark, marker, marking
    a distinguishing symbol
  3. noun
    regulator that can be turned to regulate the pitch of the strings of a stringed instrument
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    any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
  4. noun
    a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
    synonyms: oarlock, pin, rowlock, thole, tholepin
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    type of:
    a holding device
  5. verb
    pierce with a wooden pin or knock or thrust a wooden pin into
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    type of:
    pierce, thrust
    penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument
  6. verb
    fasten or secure with a wooden pin
    peg a tent”
    synonyms: peg down
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    type of:
    cause to be attached
  7. noun
    informal terms for the leg
    synonyms: pin, stick
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    a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
  8. noun
    a prosthesis that replaces a missing leg
    synonyms: leg, pegleg, wooden leg
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    type of:
    prosthesis, prosthetic device
    corrective consisting of a replacement for a part of the body
  9. verb
    succeed in obtaining a position
    synonyms: nail, nail down
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    type of:
    bring home the bacon, come through, deliver the goods, succeed, win
    attain success or reach a desired goal
  10. verb
    stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations
    “The weak currency was pegged to the US Dollar”
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    type of:
    stabilise, stabilize
    make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium
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