noun, plural tur·keys, (especially collectively) tur·key.
- a person or thing of little appeal; dud; loser.
- a naive, stupid, or inept person.
- a poor and unsuccessful theatrical production; flop.
Origin of turkey
Related Words for turkeyclod, dunce, stooge, simple, blockhead, victim, lightweight, bore, sap, nerd, dolt, bonehead, oaf, cretin, idiot, nitwit, twit, innocent, moron, boob
Examples from the Web for turkey
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.
Russia sought to extend her conquests south and to seize upon Turkey.
The Montenegrins declared war on Turkey and joined forces with Servia.
November 1st, Turkey was forced by Russia to agree to an armistice of eight weeks.
noun plural -keys or -key
- a dramatic production that fails; flop
- a thing or person that fails; dud
Word Origin for turkey
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.