Definition of mumblety-peg in English:


Syllabification: mum·ble·ty-peg
Pronunciation: /ˈməmbəltē ˌpeg
(also mumbletypeg)


chiefly US
  • A game in which each player in turn throws a knife or pointed stick from a series of positions, continuing until it fails to stick in the ground.
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    • Kids played hopscotch and mumblety-peg in the dirt and built campfires in the summer, but Christmas was her favorite holiday when they cut down the tree and roasted goose for dinner.
    • Some of the sailors played mumblety-peg with their knives (or knives they'd taken from Batcha's kitchen - it angered him so) or played duck and drake with small ice-cold stones they could find beneath the snow.
    • I also remember taking our scout knives to school and playing mumblety-peg at recess with other eight and nine year old boys.


early 17th century: also in the form mumble the peg, from mumble in the late 16th-century sense 'bite as if with toothless gums', from the requirement of the game that an unsuccessful player withdraw a peg from the ground using the mouth.

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