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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Peen \Peen\, v. t. To draw, bend, or straighten, as metal, by blows with the peen of a hammer or sledge.


Peen \Peen\, n. [Cf. G. pinne pane of a hammer.]

  1. A round-edged, or hemispherical, end to the head of a hammer or sledge, used to stretch or bend metal by indentation.

  2. The sharp-edged end of the head of a mason's hammer.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1680s, "sharp or thin end of a hammer head, opposite the face," probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Norwegian dialectal penn "peen," Old Swedish p├Žna "beat iron thin with a hammer"). Earlier as a verb, "to beat thin with a hammer" (1510s).


Etymology 1 alt. The (often spherical) end of the head of a hammer opposite the main hammering end. n. The (often spherical) end of the head of a hammer opposite the main hammering end. vb. To shape metal by striking it, especially with a peen. Etymology 2

n. (context slang English) penis.


n. the part of a hammerhead opposite the flat striking surface (may have various shapes)


Peen may refer to:

  • part of the head of a hammer, as for example in a ball-peen hammer (also spelled ball-pein or ball and pein)
  • Peening accordingly means the working of metal by hitting with a hammer
  • Steel Belt: Shot Peening an innovative remedial solution for deformed Steel Belts
  • Shot peening a part is bombarded with small spherical media
  • Slang for penis

Usage examples of "peen".

She has long peen afrait to meet it, put it has come, and Allister will meet it.

For town here in ta curset Lowlands, ta sight has peen almost cone from her, my son.

After Ellerbee was dead, the killer rolled him over and hit him two or more times in the eyes with a ball peen hammer.

Delaney told them that the murder weapon was apparently a ball peen hammer.

He knows the victim was killed with a ball peen hammer because Boone and I asked him if he owned one and he said no.

Once Delaney did that, he could admit that Bellsey might use a ball peen hammer, an icepick, or kill with a bulldozer if the madness was on him.

See if any clerk remembers selling a ball peen hammer to a woman answering her description.

No one remembered selling a ball peen hammer to anyone resembling Joan Yesell.

Well, it comes out that, yeah, a ball peen hammer turned up missing about three months ago.

It was the only ball peen in the joint, and he had to go out and buy a new one.

Then he sets the hammer in its place on his rack, followed by the cross peen hammer and the punch.

Dorrin lifts the ball peen hammer and with four quick offset strokes finishes the top of the first rivet holding the iron of the wagon tongue in place.

Some of the hammers, like the straight and cross peen ones, I have already made for myself, and I have three sets of tongs.

I vos peen bit in more as nine huntred und sefenteen blaces alretty yet!

Lanie planted her sensors into the side of Pelee, banging the poles in herself with a ball peen hammer.