Peg or Peggy is a short form of the forename Margaret. There are two main types of such shortenings: they are convenient for writing, e.g. in lists; or they are essentially spoken pet-names, and thus informal. (See Conventional abbreviations for forenames.)
|Short form||Long form||Informal or written||Other short forms||Remarks|
|Peg or Peggy||Margaret||informal||informal: Madge; Mag(gie); Maisie; Meg; etc||written form: Margt|
- Note that any informal form may be spelled in different ways. Notably, any spelling listed that ends in '-ie' may be written with the ending '-y', and vice versa.
- The common noun 'a peg' means a small piece of wood or similar (hard) material, used either
- to supply s projection on which one can hang something, e.g. a coat peg on a hat-stand (off-the-peg clothes are ready-MADE - those which one can buy simply by picking them from the peg on which they are hanging in the shop, as opposed to made-to-measure, or bespoke garments), etc; or
- to fasten two things together, as a clothes-peg is used to fasten washing to a line on which it can dry.
- In stringed musical instruments, the peg is the small piece of wood which the player turns to tune the instrument.
- The verb 'to peg' indicates the use of a peg, in one of the above senses.
- One may peg washing out, by fixing it to a clothes line.
- One may peg two things together (by using a fastener called a peg).
- Governments can peg the price of a commodity, or the exchange rate, etc, by fixing it, or by fixing it to another currency ("The yuan was pegged to the dollar").
- A groundsman may peg a football pitch by sticking pegs into the ground to show where he should mark the lines for a match.
- To peg it is a slang term meaning 'to die'. It can also be rhyming slang, expressing the meaning of 'to leg it', i.e. 'to run away'.
- 'To peg' is usually a phrasal verb.
- In the nineteenth century, miners used to peg out their claims, as nowadays builders may start a house by pegging out the ground.
- 'To peg down' is to fasten, often figuratively: "She tried not to answer my questions, but I pegged her down."
- 'To peg away' at some task is to continue working conscientiously at it.