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turner1

[tur-ner]
noun
  1. a person or thing that turns or is employed in turning.
  2. a person who fashions or shapes objects on a lathe.
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Origin of turner1

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at turn, -er1

turner2

[tur-ner, too r-]
noun
  1. a member of a turnverein; tumbler or gymnast.
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Origin of turner2

1850–55; < German Turner gymnast, derivative of turnen to exercise < French tourner to turn; see -er1

Turner

[tur-ner]
noun
  1. Frederick Jackson,1861–1932, U.S. historian.
  2. Joseph Mal·lord William, [mal-erd] /ˈmæl ərd/, 1775–1851, English painter.
  3. Joseph VernonBig Joe, 1911–85, U.S. jazz and blues singer.
  4. Nat,1800–31, American black slave leader: led uprising of slaves in Southampton County, Virginia, 1831.
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  • I want to be sure to give the Turner woman time to get here while that gang is at work.

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    Marvin Dana

  • And, oh, yes, they've picked up a young girl at the Turner woman's place.

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    Marvin Dana

  • Does Garson know we've arrested the Turner girl and young Gilder?

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    Marvin Dana

  • He chuckled as he added: "That Turner woman saved you the trouble with one."

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    Marvin Dana

  • Professor Turner will expound the significance of the frontier in American history.


British Dictionary definitions for turner

Turner

noun
  1. Jane . born 1961, Australian television actress and writer, best known for playing 'Kath' in the comedy series Kath & Kim (2002–2007)
  2. J (oseph) M (allord) W (illiam). 1775–1851, British landscape painter; a master of water colours. He sought to convey atmosphere by means of an innovative use of colour and gradations of light
  3. Nat . 1800–31, US rebel slave, who led (1831) Turner's Insurrection, the only major slave revolt in US history: executed
  4. Robert Edward III, known as Ted. born 1938, US broadcasting executive and yachtsman; chairman of Turner Broadcasting (1970–96), founder of Cable News Network (1980), and vice-chairman of Time Warner (1996–2003)
  5. Tina, real name Annie Mae Bullock . born 1940, US rock singer who performed (1958–75) with her then husband Ike Turner (1931–2007) and later as a solo act. Her recordings include "River Deep, Mountain High" (1966) and "Simply the Best" (1991)
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turner

noun
  1. a person or thing that turns, esp a person who operates a lathe
  2. US a member of a society of gymnasts
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Word Origin and History for turner

n.

c.1400, agent noun from turn (v.).

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