- 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
Examples from the Web for keg
For the senior senator from Louisiana, the lasting image from her fourth Senate campaign will be a keg stand.
Not her own—but Landrieu did provide an assist to a man doing a keg stand at Louisiana State University.
He also crashes parties in Williamsburg and is skilled at tapping a keg.Bill Murray Crashes Karaoke and More Crazy Moments
The Daily Beast
January 7, 2011
Chasing a group of teens off a keg in the woods is what usually passes for an exciting day for the Springfield police.The GPS Murderer
July 10, 2010
The third man snorted as he shouldered a keg and moved toward the Wagon.The Law-Breakers
I urged him to grab the other side of the keg several times.
After reaching the keg I turned to see what had been the fate of our boat.
That keg—like liberty—was to be at the price of eternal vigilance.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
There he is on the comb of that sea, rolling over like a keg!
- a small barrel with a capacity of between five and ten gallons
- an aluminium container in which beer is transported and stored
- Also called: keg beerbeer kept in a keg: it is infused with gas and served under pressure
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.
Idioms and Phrases with keg
see sitting on a powder keg.