a spit that rotates or can be rotated.
a mechanically or manually operated device for turning a spit on which meat is roasted.
a person who turns a spit.
a small dog having a long body and short legs, used formerly to work a treadmill that turned a spit.

Nearby words

  1. turnover,
  2. turnover flap,
  3. turnpike,
  4. turnround,
  5. turnsole,
  6. turnstile,
  7. turnstone,
  8. turntable,
  9. turntable ladder,
  10. turntablist

Origin of turnspit

First recorded in 1570–80; turn + spit2

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British Dictionary definitions for turnspit



(formerly) a servant or small dog whose job was to turn the spit on which meat, poultry, etc, was roasting
a spit that can be so turned
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