[ keg ]
/ kɛg /


a small cask or barrel, usually holding from 5 to 10 gallons (19 to 38 liters).
a unit of weight, equal to 100 pounds (45 kilograms), used for nails.
Also keg·ger. a keg party; beer bust.

Origin of keg

1585–95; earlier cag < Old Norse kaggi Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for keg


/ (kɛɡ) /


a small barrel with a capacity of between five and ten gallons
  1. an aluminium container in which beer is transported and stored
  2. Also called: keg beer beer kept in a keg: it is infused with gas and served under pressure

Word Origin for keg

C17: variant of Middle English kag, of Scandinavian origin; related to Old Norse kaggi cask
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Idioms and Phrases with keg


see sitting on a powder keg.

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