turkey trot

  1. a round dance, danced by couples, properly to ragtime, the step being a springy walk with little or no bending of the knees, and accompanied by a swinging motion of the body with shoulder movements up and down.

Origin of turkey trot

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

Words Nearby turkey trot

Other definitions for turkey-trot (2 of 2)

[ tur-kee-trot ]

verb (used without object),tur·key-trot·ted, tur·key-trot·ting.
  1. to dance the turkey trot.

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How to use turkey trot in a sentence

  • The very names of the dances were atrocious—bunny-hug, Texas Tommy, grizzly bear, turkey-trot.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • It was finally agreed that they were to lunch late, take a little spin round town, and then turkey-trot again in the afternoon.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • The tango and the turkey-trot had spread overseas, and royalties trod on Persis' toes as they bungled the steps like yokels.

    What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
  • That, I believe, is a highly fashionable performance called the turkey trot.

    Kildares of Storm | Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  • Old Ben, who was lame in his left hind foot, had a curious gait, like a sort of grotesque turkey trot.

    Missy | Dana Gatlin

British Dictionary definitions for turkey trot

turkey trot

  1. an early ragtime one-step, popular in the period of World War I

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