\ ˈkeg How to pronounce keg (audio) , 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


kegged; kegging; kegs

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

Other Words from keg


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

Examples of keg in a Sentence

Noun They drank an entire keg of beer.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Investors might want to hold off on tapping the keg. Laura Forman, WSJ, 21 July 2022 When the weather is unaccommodating, the communal kitchen area houses loads of diversions, including, of course, a keg of beer. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 And when the team meets sales goals, everyone celebrates with a keg. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, 1 Oct. 2014 Koozies will be handed out at 11 a.m. June 18, with the keg tapping at 11:20 a.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beer and brats will be for sale while live German music plays. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 Jason Kelce placed his plastic cup underneath the spout on the keg of beer that was sent to him by Philadelphia Eagles coach Nick Sirianni. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2022 Everyone was obsessively drinking this beer, which came out of a keg. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The Shotskis perform from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the Brian Papesh Party Band takes over from 4-8 p.m. Stick around for a special appearance by the Jaeger girls, post-parade keg tapping, giveaways and more. cleveland, 11 Mar. 2022 The Ancient Order of Hibernians will march the keg to O'Sheas Irish Pub with a piper escort to continue the festivities. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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31 Jul 2022

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“Keg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈkeg How to pronounce keg (audio) \

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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