turn·​spit ˈtərn-ˌspit How to pronounce turnspit (audio)
: one that turns a spit
specifically : a small dog formerly used in a treadmill to turn a spit
: a roasting jack
: 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, 19 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of turnspit was in 1570

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“Turnspit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turnspit. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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