noun tur·key \ˈtər-kē\

: a large American bird that is related to the chicken and that is hunted or raised by people for its meat

: the meat of the turkey used as food

: something (such as a play or movie) that has failed

plural turkeys

Full Definition of TURKEY

plural also turkey :  a large North American gallinaceous bird (Meleagris gallopavo) that is domesticated in most parts of the world
:  failure, flop; especially :  a theatrical production that has failed
:  three successive strikes in bowling
:  a stupid, foolish, or inept person

Examples of TURKEY

  1. He was acting like a complete turkey.
  2. <only a turkey would think it's a good idea to go for a jog when the weather drops below zero>

Illustration of TURKEY

Origin of TURKEY

Turkey, country in western Asia and southeastern Europe; from confusion with the guinea fowl, supposed to be imported from Turkish territory
First Known Use: 1555

Other General Sports Terms

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Rhymes with TURKEY


geographical name Tur·key \ˈtər-kē\

Definition of TURKEY

country W Asia & SE Europe between Mediterranean & Black seas; formerly center of an empire ( Constantinople), since 1923 a republic Ankara area 301,380 square miles (780,574 square kilometers), pop 73,085,000 — see ottoman empire

Rhymes with TURKEY

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sacrilegious Hear it
grossly irreverent
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