[ 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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Word Origin and History for keg



1630s, earlier kag (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse kaggi "keg, cask," of unknown origin. Cognate with Swedish kagge, Norwegian kagg. Specific sense of "barrel of beer" is from 1945. U.S. student slang kegger "party featuring a keg of beer" attested by 1969.

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Idioms and Phrases with keg


see sitting on a powder keg.

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