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 301,380 square miles (780,574 square kilometers), population 73,085,000 — 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

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Noun

turkey 1

In the meaning defined above

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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

Dinner is salad and a protein, like turkey burgers or veal. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She Collects Marathons Between Deals for Microsoft," 17 Sep. 2018 Same with the juices from your Thanksgiving turkey. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 Store leftovers refrigerated in an airtight container and smear it on your next roast beef or turkey sandwich. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How to make your own aioli sauce," 13 July 2018 Nicole said Penny enjoyed a free turkey sandwich provided by the library’s Summer Meals program. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Doors open to people who want to beat the heat," 7 July 2018 Prices vary around country, but a 16-inch turkey sandwich was priced Wednesday at $11.99 at a location in Stuart. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Freaking big! Jimmy John's goes 16 inches on sandwiches packing up to 2,190 calories," 7 June 2018 Jersey Mike’s Subs Jersey Mike's offers cold and hot sandwiches, such as turkey breast with Provolone, tuna, roast beef and cheesesteak. Jennifer Mcclellan, azcentral, "31 new restaurants opened in Phoenix in April, chains and independents," 1 May 2018 Warm with a heap of ooey-gooey melted cheddar cheese atop your turkey and tomato? Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "WATCH: This Southern Supermarket Chain Voted “Best Sandwich"," 10 Jan. 2018 Prepare your own prized turkey with this easy, delicious recipe. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "20 Perfectly Paired Christmas Movie and Dinner Combos," 12 Dec. 2017

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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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