turkey

noun
tur·​key | \ ˈtər-kē How to pronounce turkey (audio) \
plural turkeys

Definition of turkey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Turkey

geographical name
Tur·​key | \ ˈtər-kē How to pronounce Turkey (audio) \
variants: or Turkish Türkiye \ ˌtᵫr-​kē-​ˈye How to pronounce Türkiye (audio) \

Definition of Turkey (Entry 2 of 2)

country in western Asia and southeastern Europe between the Mediterranean and Black seas; capital Ankara area 302,535 square miles (783,562 square kilometers), population 81,257,000 — see ottoman empire

Note: Turkey was formerly the center of an empire whose capital was Constantinople. Since 1923 it has been a republic.

see also turk sense 1

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Noun

turkey 1

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Synonyms for turkey

Synonyms: Noun

berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dingbat, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], goose, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, yo-yo

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Examples of turkey in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Corned beef, pastrami or turkey sandwich, 99 cents Big Sugar Bakeshop 12182 Ventura Blvd. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Stockpiling pastrami and doubling staff, L.A. businesses prepare for ‘Maisel Day’," 14 Aug. 2019 In an interview in the sanctuary of his church, Mr. Green said his congregation did not pay for the buses — or the 300 turkey sandwich lunches provided to the protesters — and refused to say who did. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "When Big Tobacco Invoked Eric Garner to Fight a Menthol Cigarette Ban," 14 July 2019 And inside the Cole Center — situated within a Boston Housing Authority apartment complex — volunteers packed turkey sandwiches, fruit, and milk cartons into paper bags. Alison Kuznitz, BostonGlobe.com, "With school out, summer food program caters to meals for children, teens," 10 July 2019 If a morning sugar rush isn’t your thing, Woody’s offers a smoked turkey breakfast sandwich ($7.49) and breakfast bowl with tater tots, scrambled eggs, and brisket gravy ($8.49). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Woody's Lunch Box in Disney's Toy Story Land," 11 July 2018 Over turkey sandwiches Trump and Kluge interview prospective employees and discuss moldings and wood samples for the event space, as well as the menu for wine pairings in the tasting room. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "The Strange Saga of Trump Winery," 14 Oct. 2016 Today’s college students rely on their ID cards for almost everything, including using them to get into the gym or to buy the cafeteria’s beloved turkey-avocado sandwich. Jay Peters, The Verge, "Apple’s tap-to-use student IDs let pupils buy food and badge into their dorms," 13 Aug. 2019 Remember last Thanksgiving, when your Uncle George insisted on deep-frying the turkey—and then had to ask Alexa to call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line for help? Anne Fisher, Fortune, "‘You’re Pretty Stupid.’ What Can Happen to Your Business When A.I. Goes Awry," 10 Aug. 2019 The beef and turkey burgers each have about 19 to 21 grams of protein, depending on the brand. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "They might be better for the planet, but are plant-based burgers good for you?," 9 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of turkey

Noun

1555, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for turkey

Noun

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

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turkey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of turkey

: 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

turkey

noun
tur·​key | \ ˈtər-kē How to pronounce turkey (audio) \
plural turkeys

Kids Definition of turkey

: a large North American bird related to the chicken and widely raised for food

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