Main definitions of turkey in English

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turkey1

noun

  • 1A large mainly domesticated game bird native to North America, having a bald head and (in the male) red wattles. It is a popular food on festive occasions such as Christmas and (in the US) Thanksgiving.

    • ‘Both domestic and wild turkeys are very susceptible to infection when they are young but appear to develop parasite species- or strain-specific immunological resistance as they age.’
    • ‘The area is home to a variety of other birds, including nesting bald eagles, hawks, owls, bluebirds and several other songbirds, wild turkeys, herons, and waterfowl.’
    • ‘A good display of chickens, boiling fowls and rabbits has replaced Christmas turkeys.’
    • ‘All species of poultry - large fowl, bantams, waterfowl and turkeys - are kept by thousands of people as pets or simply because they have the space and like to see them around.’
    • ‘Rifles are legal for wild turkey hunting in some areas.’
    • ‘Western ragweed provides forage for deer and the fruits are an important food source for upland game birds, wild turkeys and songbirds.’
    • ‘A wild turkey gobbled, and we returned to camp for dinner beneath a full moon.’
    • ‘It feeds primarily on deer, but its diet may also include small mammals, wild turkeys, and occasionally domestic livestock, when available.’
    • ‘Birds at the farm include 35 chickens, eight peafowl, a pair of bronze turkeys, geese, domestic ducks and 50 exotic birds ranging from a finch to a macaw parrot in an outdoor aviary.’
    • ‘Restrictions and slaughter provisions apply to domestic fowls, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowls, quail, ratites, pigeons, pheasants and partridges reared or kept in captivity.’
    • ‘Some domestic breeds such as turkeys have very colourful feathers.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The flesh of the turkey as food.
      • ‘Demand for poultry has grown steadily for decades, and U.S. consumers now eat more chicken and turkey than red meat.’
      • ‘One of my mainstays was mince - beef, pork, turkey or lamb; I didn't often mince the meat myself, as I could not afford the joint in the first place.’
      • ‘I took it to the kitchen and cut through the black coat to discover moist turkey meat inside.’
      • ‘Change the water every 30 minutes until turkey is thawed.’
      • ‘The experts tell vegetarians they can eat soy to take the place of real foods like turkey or steak.’
      • ‘The best protein sources to include in your diet include chicken, beef, turkey, tuna, salmon, eggs, and low-fat cottage cheese.’
      • ‘This pre-Christmas recipe calls for minced fresh turkey meat, preferably from a free-range, organic bird.’
      • ‘Why does cranberry go with turkey, or Chablis with oysters?’
      • ‘Perhaps no pairing is greater than that of turkey with cranberry sauce.’
      • ‘She sighed to herself and undid the green wrapping that encased her bagel, turkey, and Monterey Jack cheese sandwich.’
      • ‘Carmella served three kinds of meat including: turkey, beef, and turtle.’
      • ‘Stuff wheat bread with lean cold cuts such as turkey, ham or roast beef, then add tomatoes, lettuce and peppers to give your child a healthy serving of vegetables.’
      • ‘The Spring 2002, we ordered our first heritage turkey from Slow Food in New York.’
      • ‘The county's farms are recognised as producing some of the country's best turkey, beef, sausages and hams.’
      • ‘Prizes on the lines are turkey, ham, meat vouchers, whiskey and wine.’
      • ‘Heavy wood smoke is perfect for ribs, turkey, brisket and pork shoulder but never for a delicate chicken.’
      • ‘The rabbit itself tasted fine - a cross between chicken, turkey, and pork.’
      • ‘I love burgers so much and now I can't eat what I want when I want, veggie burgers and turkey burgers replace the steak - I cook them on the grill.’
      • ‘Eat a range of meats for protein; include chicken, turkey, lean red meat, fish and lean pork in your diet.’
      • ‘Vix went for a festive option, escalopes of turkey stuffed with cranberry and lemon with sage.’
  • 2North American informal Something that is extremely or completely unsuccessful, especially a play or film.

    ‘the movie flopped—the second in a trio of turkeys’
    • ‘He is collecting votes for the worst turkey film of all time.’
    • ‘His most recent films, execrable turkeys have achieved the seemingly impossible by being even crasser and less watchable than their dismal predecessors.’
    • ‘The closest we have gotten to this genre in recent years are the various pirate turkeys and submarine films.’
    1. 2.1 A stupid or inept person.
      ‘I felt like such a turkey spying on his house’
      idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Phrases

  • like turkeys voting for Christmas

    • informal Used to suggest that a particular action or decision is hopelessly self-defeating.

      ‘such a move by Liberal Democrats would be like turkeys voting for Christmas’
      • ‘When politicians actively cut taxes, they are like turkeys voting for Christmas.’
      • ‘The members who have been kept at arm's length will dutifully behave like turkeys voting for Christmas.’
      • ‘It is my belief for fishermen to accept this would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.’
      • ‘I don't think councillors will vote for this with an election looming, it would be like turkeys voting for Christmas.’
      • ‘Most of the clubs are in exactly the same position and like turkeys voting for Christmas, they created the situation themselves.’
  • talk turkey

    • Discuss something frankly and straightforwardly.

      ‘she promised to go talk turkey with the representatives’
      • ‘It's been an opportunity to talk turkey about poetry.’
      • ‘It's easy to talk turkey on traditional strategies like building an extension to facilitate more manufacturing.’
      • ‘At the hearing, it was the academics who talked turkey, and took on the real world.’
      • ‘Both men checked their egos and preconceived notions and talked turkey.’
      • ‘Because you genuinely like this family and have proven your friendship, you need to talk turkey to Jane, explaining what parents are for.’
      • ‘As it happens, he was one of the few politicians willing to talk turkey about tax.’
      • ‘What a cherished American tradition - to eat turkey and talk turkey at the same time.’
      • ‘No venue has been set as yet for this coming Christmas, but the usual suspects will talk turkey at some point.’
      • ‘So, are you ready to talk turkey about your project?’
      • ‘Can anyone really talk turkey about something as personal as a show they've written and performed?’
      confer, discuss, talk, talk things over, have a talk, exchange views, have discussions, converse, communicate, parley
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Origin

Mid 16th century: short for turkey cock or turkeyhen, originally applied to the guinea fowl (which was imported through Turkey), and then erroneously to the American bird.

Pronunciation

turkey

/ˈtəːki/

Main definitions of turkey in English

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Turkey2

proper noun

  • A country comprising the whole of the Anatolian peninsula in western Asia, with a small enclave in SE Europe to the west of Istanbul; population 78,700,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Turkish; capital, Ankara.

Pronunciation

Turkey

/ˈtəːki/