verb (used without object), tur·key-trot·ted, tur·key-trot·ting.

to dance the turkey trot.

turkey trot


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
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Examples from the Web for turkey-trot

Historical Examples of turkey-trot

  • She was so advanced, the styles had fairly to trot, or turkey-trot, to keep up with her.

    Nothing But the Truth

    Frederic S. Isham

  • There was general agreement that it was high time to turkey-trot again.

  • Also she whistled, and did a quiet suspicion of a turkey-trot with her feet.

    The Penalty

    Gouverneur Morris

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

  • It was finally agreed that they were to lunch late, take a little spin round town, and then turkey-trot again in the afternoon.

British Dictionary definitions for turkey-trot

turkey trot


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