turn·​spit | \ ˈtərn-ˌspit How to pronounce turnspit (audio) \

Definition of turnspit

1a : one that turns a spit specifically : a small dog formerly used in a treadmill to turn a spit
b : a roasting jack
2 : a rotatable spit

Examples of turnspit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In England the practice was so common that a special breed was developed to handle this duty: a turnspit dog. Andrew Amelinckx, Smithsonian, "Four Weird Ways Dogs Have Earned Their Keep," 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of turnspit

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Turnspit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnspit. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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