Definition of keg in English:



  • 1A small barrel, especially one of less than 30 gallons or (in the UK) 10 gallons.

    • ‘One of his examples was the case of a brewer who sold kegs of beer to alehouses on credit but charged a price high enough to cover an interest charge and the risk of default.’
    • ‘Lauren returned with a few bottles of wine and Gregory with a large keg of ale.’
    • ‘With the beer keg now open, the partygoers downed some schnapps and attacked the beer.’
    • ‘As to gifts, among those given to Charles was a five-litre keg of muscat brandy, vintage 1996.’
    • ‘The owners of this bar have been very good to us, and occasionally even send down kegs of beer in the summer for special parties.’
    • ‘It involved lugging bins of scraps, changing kegs of radioactive dishwasher detergent and, worst of all, trying to clean a mountain of pans.’
    • ‘They wrestled against the back cupboard, knocking a keg of ale to the floor.’
    • ‘In the early days of quarrying, one-foot holes were made and whole kegs of gunpowder used in blasting.’
    • ‘It is very difficult to weigh or otherwise measure the contents of a keg of beer to determine consumption.’
    • ‘He will know how many pints can be got out of a keg of beer, and what percentage can be attributed to ‘evaporation’.’
    • ‘The monthly output of the brewery stands at 20 million bottles, 3 million cans and 80 000 kegs of beer.’
    • ‘On top of that there were also three kegs of beer.’
    • ‘It was a sad day because it was a very old pub with its traditional style of old furniture, beer kegs, liquor bottles, grocery products and photographs.’
    • ‘Aside from that there was a large barrel of mead and a keg of fine ale.’
    • ‘Scott had ordered a keg of beer and that was that.’
    • ‘A keg of beer sat in a shiny galvanized tub in the shade.’
    • ‘So I walked into the kitchen and filled up another glass of beer from the keg.’
    • ‘Making butter, salting it, and packing it in wooden kegs for the Honolulu market required skill and ingenuity.’
    • ‘After this it will be stored for conditioning, filtered, then packaged in bottles, cans or kegs.’
    • ‘The wrong gas system will cause beer inside kegs to go flat or get foamy at the end of every keg.’
    barrel, cask, vat, butt, tun, drum, hogshead, firkin, tub, tank, container, vessel
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    1. 1.1A pressurized metal barrel with a valve at one end, used to store and dispense beer or other carbonated drinks.
      ‘beer is delicious pumped from a keg’
  • 2A unit of weight equal to 100 lb (45 kg), used for nails.


Early 17th century: variant of Scots and US dialect cag, from Old Norse kaggi.