1

cold turkey

noun

Definition of cold turkey

  1. 1 :  abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug; also :  the symptoms experienced by a person undergoing withdrawal from a drug

  2. 2 :  unrelieved blunt language or procedure

  3. 3 :  a cold aloof person

cold–turkey

play \ˈkōld-ˈtər-kē\ transitive verb

Examples of cold turkey in a Sentence

  1. I tried lots of ways to stop smoking, even cold turkey.

  2. my new boss is a cold turkey and definitely not one for chitchat

First Known Use of cold turkey

1919


2

cold turkey

adverb

Definition of cold turkey

  1. :  all at once :  abruptly: such asa :  without a period of gradual adjustment, adaptation, or withdrawal quit smoking cold turkeyb :  without preparation a new player who started the season cold turkey

First Known Use of cold turkey

1941


COLD TURKEY Defined for English Language Learners

cold turkey

noun

Definition of cold turkey for English Language Learners

  • : the act of stopping a bad habit (such as taking drugs) in a sudden and complete way


Medical Dictionary

cold turkey

play
noun cold tur·key \-ˈtər-kē\

Medical Definition of cold turkey

  1. :  abrupt complete cessation of the use of an addictive drug; also :  the symptoms experienced by one undergoing withdrawal from a drug

cold–turkey

adverb or transitive verb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up cold turkey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an incorrigible rascal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!