see also: Turkey
16th century, from Turkey. Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈtɜː(ɹ)ki/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtɜːki/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtəːki/
  • (GA) enPR: tûr'kē, IPA: /ˈtɝki/


  1. Either of two species of bird in the genus Meleagris with fan-shaped tails and wattled necks.
  2. (uncountable) The meat or flesh of this bird eaten as food
    All week after Thanksgiving, I had turkey sandwiches for lunch.
  3. (colloquial) A failure.
    That film was a turkey.
  4. (slang, usually, mildly, derogatory) A foolish or inept person.
    The turkey cut in front of me and then berated me for running into him.
  5. (bowling) An act of throwing three strikes in a row.
  6. (obsolete) The guinea fowl (Numida meleagris). [from c. 1600]
  7. (medical slang, derogatory) A patient feigning symptoms; a person faking illness or injury; a malingerer.
  8. (dated, slang, US, Australia) A large travel bag; a suitcase; a pack carried by a lumberman; a bindle. [early 20th c.]
Synonyms Translations
  • French: dinde, dindon
  • German: Pute, Puter, Truthahn, Truthenne, Truthuhn, Trute (Swiss), Kurre (regional), Kurrhahn (regional), Indian (Austria, obsolete)
  • Italian: tacchino, gallinaccio
  • Portuguese: peru
  • Russian: индю́к
  • Spanish: pavo, chompipe (Costa Rica), chumpe (El Salvador), cócono (Northern Central Mexico), guajolote (Mexican standard usage), guanajo (Cuba), pisco (Colombia), pípila (Mexico), güíjolo (Sonora and Sinaloa, Mexico)
Translations Translations
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtɜː.ki/
  • (America) enPR: tûr'kē, IPA: /ˈtɝ.ki/
Proper noun
  1. Country at the intersection of Europe and Asia on the Mediterranean. Official name: Republic of Turkey.

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