Peg ladder, a ladder with but one standard, into which cross pieces are inserted.Peg tankard, an ancient tankard marked with pegs, so as divide the liquor into equal portions. "Drink down to your peg."

(Peer"ie, Peer"y) a. [See 1st Peer, 2.] Inquisitive; suspicious; sharp. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.] "Two peery gray eyes." Sir W. Scott.

(Peer"less) a. Having no peer or equal; matchless; superlative. "Her peerless feature." Shak.

Unvailed her peerless light.

Peer"less*ly, adv.Peer"less*ness, n.

(Peert) a. Same as Peart.

(Peer"weet) n. Same as Pewit

(Pee"vish) a. [OE. pevische; of uncertain origin, perh. from a word imitative of the noise made by fretful children + -ish.]

1. Habitually fretful; easily vexed or fretted; hard to please; apt to complain; querulous; petulant. "Her peevish babe." Wordsworth.

She is peevish, sullen, froward.

2. Expressing fretfulness and discontent, or unjustifiable dissatisfaction; as, a peevish answer.

3. Silly; childish; trifling. [Obs.]

To send such peevish tokens to a king.

Syn. — Querulous; petulant; cross; ill-tempered; testy; captious; discontented. See Fretful.

(Pee"vish*ly), adv. In a peevish manner. Shak.

(Pee"vish*ness), n. The quality of being peevish; disposition to murmur; sourness of temper.

Syn. — See Petulance.

(Pee"vit Pee"wit) n. (Zoöl.) See Pewit.

(Peg) n. [OE. pegge; cf. Sw. pigg, Dan. pig a point, prickle, and E. peak.]

1. A small, pointed piece of wood, used in fastening boards together, in attaching the soles of boots or shoes, etc.; as, a shoe peg.

2. 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.

3. One of the pins of a musical instrument, on which the strings are strained. Shak.

4. One of the pins used for marking points on a cribbage board.

5. A step; a degree; esp. in the slang phrase "To take one down peg."

To screw papal authority to the highest peg.

And took your grandess down a peg.

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