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[keg] /kɛg/

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, kegger. a ; beer bust.
a small barrel with a capacity of between five and ten gallons


a keg of beer
Word Origin


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.


A beer party; beer bust (1960s+ Teenagers & students)
see: sitting on a powder keg


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