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

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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

What else is there to say about roasting a Thanksgiving turkey? Becky Krystal, The Denver Post, "The key to these gooey, chocolaty blondies? Open sesame.," 3 June 2019 This meeting, held in 1623, was the colony’s first declared thanksgiving but there’s no record of anyone stuffing a turkey—this day was devoted to prayer. Sam Walker, WSJ, "The Plymouth Colony and the Business Case for Gratitude," 25 Nov. 2018 One is classical, but there’s also a turkey avocado BLT wrap and DBLT with duck bacon and Creole aioli. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, Elgin Courier-News, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs: Grumpy Goat Tavern in Elgin," 6 July 2018 He was asked to buy a live turkey from a local market and meet the curandero, or shaman, at the entrance to one of the caves. Joshua Hydeman, National Geographic, "One of the Deepest Caves in the World is Even Bigger Than We Thought," 7 June 2018 Hot Dog on a Stick Pick up a free original turkey or veggie dog at Hot Dog on a Stick on Tax Day 2018. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Your Guide to the Best Deals, Discounts and Freebies for Tax Day 2018," 17 Apr. 2018 While many connoisseurs claim that only pig is true barbecue, there are offerings in chicken, turkey, and a few renegades—mostly from Texas—who profess at the barbecue altar of beef. Verna Gates, al.com, "The Alabama barbecue road trip you must take this summer," 5 June 2019 In the study, 113 adults were randomly assigned to one of three diets for one month: rich in lean cuts of beef, lean cuts of chicken or turkey, or plant proteins. NBC News, "When it comes to cholesterol, is chicken as bad as red meat?," 4 June 2019 In the study, led by scientists at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, 113 adults were assigned to one of three diets for one month: rich in lean cuts of beef, lean cuts of chicken or turkey, or plant proteins. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "White meat raises cholesterol levels just like red meat, study says," 4 June 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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