- a large, gallinaceous bird of the family Meleagrididae, especially Meleagris gallopavo, of America, that typically has green, reddish-brown, and yellowish-brown plumage of a metallic luster and that is domesticated in most parts of the world.
- the flesh of this bird, used as food.
- ocellated turkey.
- a person or thing of little appeal; dud; loser.
- a naive, stupid, or inept person.
- a poor and unsuccessful theatrical production; flop.
- Bowling. three strikes in succession.
- talk turkey, Informal. to talk frankly; mean business.
Origin of turkey
- a republic in W Asia and SE Europe. 296,184 sq. mi. (767,120 sq. km): 286,928 sq. mi. (743,145 sq. km) in Asia; 9257 sq. mi. (23,975 sq. km) in Europe. Capital: Ankara.
Related Words for turkeyclod, dunce, stooge, simple, blockhead, victim, lightweight, bore, sap, nerd, dolt, bonehead, oaf, cretin, idiot, nitwit, twit, innocent, moron, boob
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Contemporary Examples of turkey
Meanwhile two kids were taken from their mother when she flew back to the UK from Turkey.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
After two nights in detention, he was scheduled to be deported back to Turkey on Monday.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
In Turkey, crime groups in border areas are exploiting the labor of Syrian male refugees who cannot find legitimate employment.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
Louise I. Shelley
December 26, 2014
She is also head of the Sabancı Foundation, which conducts female-empowerment programs for women in rural Turkey.
Turkey has had more than a decade of economic boom, and is now the sixth-most-visited tourist destination in the world.
Historical Examples of turkey
I supposed this to be a custom with the colored population of Turkey, and passed on.
But it is in the direction of Turkey that all the solid advances are made.
The Montenegrins declared war on Turkey and joined forces with Servia.
Thus was Turkey humiliated and Russia benefited, having obtained her demands.
November 1st, Turkey was forced by Russia to agree to an armistice of eight weeks.
- a large gallinaceous bird, Meleagris gallopavo, of North America, having a bare wattled head and neck and a brownish iridescent plumage. The male is brighter and has a fan-shaped tail. A domestic variety is widely bred for its flesh
- the flesh of the turkey used as food
- a similar and related bird, Agriocharis ocellata (ocellated turkey), of Central and N South America
- any of various Australian birds considered to resemble the turkey, such as the bush turkey
- slang, mainly US and Canadian
- a dramatic production that fails; flop
- a thing or person that fails; dud
- slang, mainly US and Canadian a stupid, incompetent, or unappealing person
- slang (in tenpin bowling) three strikes in a row
- See cold turkey
- talk turkey informal, mainly US and Canadian to discuss frankly and practically
Word Origin for turkey
- a republic in W Asia and SE Europe, between the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and the Aegean: the centre of the Ottoman Empire; became a republic in 1923. The major Asian part, consisting mainly of an arid plateau, is separated from European Turkey by the Bosporus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles. Official languages: Turkish; Kurdish and Arabic minority languages. Religion: Muslim majority. Currency: lira. Capital: Ankara. Pop: 80 694 485 (2013 est). Area: 780 576 sq km (301 380 sq miles)
1540s, "guinea fowl" (Numida meleagris), imported from Madagascar via Turkey, by Near East traders known as turkey merchants. The larger North American bird (Meleagris gallopavo) was domesticated by the Aztecs, introduced to Spain by conquistadors (1523) and thence to wider Europe, by way of North Africa (then under Ottoman rule) and Turkey (Indian corn was originally turkey corn or turkey wheat in English for the same reason).
The word turkey was first applied to it in English 1550s because it was identified with or treated as a species of the guinea fowl. The Turkish name for it is hindi, literally "Indian," probably via Middle French dinde (c.1600, contracted from poulet d'inde, literally "chicken from India," Modern French dindon), based on the common misconception that the New World was eastern Asia.
The New World bird itself reputedly reached England by 1524 at the earliest estimate, though a date in the 1530s seems more likely. By 1575, turkey was becoming the usual main course at an English Christmas. Meaning "inferior show, failure," is 1927 in show business slang, probably from the bird's reputation for stupidity. Meaning "stupid, ineffectual person" is recorded from 1951. Turkey shoot "something easy" is World War II-era, in reference to marksmanship contests where turkeys were tied behind a log with their heads showing as targets.
Republic straddling southeastern Europe and the Middle East, bordered by the Black Sea to the north, Georgia and Armenia to the northeast, Iran to the east, Iraq and Syria to the southeast, the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea to the southwest, and Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest. Ninety-seven percent of the country is in Asia. Ankara is its capital, but Istanbul is its largest city and former imperial capital.
see cold turkey; talk turkey.