\ˈkeg, dialectal ˈkag, ˈkāg\

Definition of keg 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small cask or barrel having a capacity of 30 gallons or less

2 : the contents of a keg



Definition of keg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to store (something, such as beer) in a keg This led us to purchase larger brewing equipment and begin bottling and kegging our beer for distribution in the Tokyo market.— Bryan Baird

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Other Words from keg


kegged adjective
He'll also have kegged root beer and perhaps locally made sodas on hand.

Synonyms for keg

Synonyms: Noun

barrel, butt, cask, hogshead, pipe, puncheon, tun

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Examples of keg in a Sentence


They drank an entire keg of beer.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year’s collaborative keg comes from Japandroids, who will play Sunday at the festival. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Japandroids create 'Canadian style pale ale' with Goose Island for this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival," 13 June 2018 Helio Basin is a strip mall joint at Thomas Road and 40th Street with roll-up doors, high tops aplenty and little in the way of decoration save for a cadre of kegs and shipping pallets stacked with beer cans. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Helio Basin Brewing Co. brings Arizona cuisine to Phoenix brewery, but fascinating menu feels out of place," 6 June 2018 Hoey and Archie met nearly a decade ago when Hoey's Facebook friend posted that Pangaea Bier Cafe hooked up a keg of Affligem Noel, a hard-to-find Belgian winter ale. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "‘Bold and flavorful’ brewery and smokehouse to open near Southside Park on Saturday | The Sacramento Bee," 17 May 2018 But just before the Cubs’ last home series of the 2017 season, the ballpark’s concession management partner, Levy Restaurants, ordered more than 100 kegs of Lagunitas IPA to hastily install on 27 taps. Josh Noel,, "Lagunitas IPA back for another season at Wrigley Field," 4 Apr. 2018 In two weeks, this thin barley broth, called wort, will ferment into beer, be transferred to kegs, and poured from the taps on the other side of the cinder block wall. Lara Korte, WSJ, "New York Sees Boom in Craft Breweries, With More on Tap," 12 July 2018 Those who know say the fest’s humble beginnings sprang from a two-man band with a keg of beer playing music in a tent. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Proud American Days to close out July with food, fun and entertainment," 11 July 2018 The move comes a week after Heineken warned that kegs of some beers, including Amstel, might not be available in Britain. Chris Morris, Fortune, "The UK Is Rationing Beer Because of a CO2 Shortage," 27 June 2018 Breweries House Bill 136 increases what breweries can sell to customers to three cases and two kegs per customer. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Sex ed, terrorism and revenge porn: New Kentucky laws start Saturday," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of keg


circa 1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1837, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for keg


Middle English kag, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kaggi keg

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\ˈkeg \

Kids Definition of keg

1 : a small barrel holding 30 gallons (about 114 liters)

2 : the contents of a keg a keg of root beer

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