\ 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

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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 Reid soaked up the championship party, from leaving the course drenched in champagne to turning her Waterford crystal trophy into a keg and chugging beer out of it with caddie Ryan Desveaux. Dan Gelston, Star Tribune, "Mel Reid hopes to keep the party going at Women's PGA," 7 Oct. 2020 In April, May and June, Heavy Seas didn’t fill a keg. Ben Leonard,, "'A little bit of a challenge’: Baltimore breweries scramble for cans amid nationwide shortage," 2 Oct. 2020 The 12 Days of Christmas Ale: One 1/6 barrel keg, $110 (plus $30 deposit), limit one. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Great Lakes Brewing Co. First Pour reservations filled; Christmas Ale packages offered," 2 Oct. 2020 They’re being asked not to gather 10-deep at a keg. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: 10 things from Cincinnati Bengals vs. Los Angeles Chargers," 14 Sep. 2020 Competitions include a keg roll and stack, sausage eating and yodeling. oregonlive, "Mount Angel Oktoberfest 2020 moves online, serving up beer, brauts and streamed entertainment," 7 Sep. 2020 As part of the demonstrations, a keg of beer was opened and poured down Cincinnati Street to signify all of the alcohol bars are not able to sell during the pandemic and the loss of profits. Fox News, "Texas protesters dump beer keg on street to demand bars be allowed to reopen," 7 July 2020 Dutch's, which closed in January, started as a pony keg, grew into an extensive beer and wine shop, added a local butchery and charcuterie, had a lunch counter and evolved into a bar/restaurant as well. Polly Campbell,, "Vacant Hyde Park restaurant to be reimagined by Red Feather owner," 19 June 2020 Ranville rolls out of bed just after 5 a.m., loads a keg of blueberry wheat beer into his rusty black 2001 Chevy Silverado and drives from his small town of 800 over the Mackinac Bridge to a freight ferry. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Easy-to-miss Mackinaw City brewery's beloved food saved it during coronavirus," 3 July 2020

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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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The first known use of keg was circa 1632

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10 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Keg.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce keg (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of keg

: a barrel for holding or serving something (such as beer)
: the amount of something contained in a keg


\ 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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