noun, plural turn·keys.
Examples from the Web for turnkey
The person who accompanied him was a simple lackey, named Ebenezer Radburn, who acted merely in the capacity of turnkey.Twelve Years a Slave|Solomon Northup
I asked his name next day, but the turnkey laughed, and said it was none of my business.Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker|S. Weir Mitchell
The turnkey had now two points to put to the professional gentlemen as they passed in and out.Little Dorrit|Charles Dickens
At last the turnkey stopped before a door, inserted a key in the lock, and opened it.Out with Garibaldi|G. A. Henty
A sign of animation seemed to come into the turnkey's face, but he did not move nor seek to question her.Robert Tournay|William Sage