Definition of turkey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːki//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrki//
    (pl. turkeys) Meat, Farm animals, Birds
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  1. 1 [countable] a large bird that is often kept for its meat, eaten especially at Christmas in Britain and at Thanksgiving in the US We raise turkeys mainly for the Christmas market. See related entries: Meat, Farm animals, Birds
  2. 2 [uncountable] meat from a turkey roast turkey the traditional turkey with all the trimmings
  3. 3[countable] (North American English, informal) a failure His latest movie is a real turkey.
  4. 4[countable] (North American English, informal) a stupid or useless person
  5. see also cold turkey
    Word Originmid 16th cent.: short for turkeycock or turkeyhen, originally applied to the guineafowl (which was imported through Turkey), and then mistakenly to the American bird.Idioms (informal, especially North American English) to talk about something seriously
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