turkey

noun
tur·​key | \ ˈtər-kē \
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 \
variants: or Turkish Türkiye \ ˌtᵫr-​kē-​ˈye \

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

Prepare for even more magic — and possible promotional turkey basting — because Netflix just confirmed that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will continue for two more spellbinding seasons. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Has Been Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4," 18 Dec. 2018 Researchers put in the genetic sequence of a Salmonella sample linked to a turkey pot pie outbreak, and the program spat back out the correct ID: poultry. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Machine learning could help figure out what pooped on your produce," 12 Dec. 2018 In our minds, Blake and Gwen’s Christmas traditions would look a lot like their mini movie, complete with giant trees, snowman-building contests, and a homemade turkey dinner. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Blake Shelton Just Said the Most Romantic Thing About Girlfriend Gwen Stefani," 27 Nov. 2018 More: Indiana turkey hunters shot by fellow hunter who mistook them for fowl Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Office at 317-327-3475 or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Body found by passerby in a wooded area in Indianapolis, police say," 29 Apr. 2018 The Latest on wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in northwestern Oklahoma (all times local): 10:25 a.m. A turkey hunter is badly burned but alive after becoming trapped overnight by a wildfire in northwestern Oklahoma. Fox News, "Latest: Hunter found burned but alive in Oklahoma wildfire," 13 Apr. 2018 Here's his audition tape, in the form of a two-minute-and-11-seconds-long clip of him [checks notes again] basting a turkey, mashing potatoes, and applying whipped cream to pumpkin pie. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Gavin Leatherwood Bastes a Turkey in Netflix's Thanksgiving Spot," 21 Nov. 2018 As in, flamingos dressed as turkeys dressed as—wait for it—pilgrims. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can't Be In A Fowl Mood After Seeing These Thanksgiving Flamingos," 28 Sep. 2018 Here's to hoping for less trolls and more leftover turkey on this day after Thanksgiving. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Kourtney Kardashian Cleverly Shut Down Thanksgiving Trolls Who Think She's Pregnant," 23 Nov. 2018

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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 \
plural turkeys

Kids Definition of turkey

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

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