nounpl. -·keys or -·key
- any of a family (Meleagrididae) of large, gallinaceous North American birds with a small, naked head and a tail that can be spread like a fan, including a wild or domesticated species (Meleagris gallopavo) bred as poultry and a wild species (Agriocharis ocellata) of Central America, with eyespots on the tail
- the flesh of a turkey
- Slang a failure: said as of a theatrical production, movie, book, etc.
- Slang an inept, stupid, or unpleasant person
- Bowling three strikes in a row
Origin of turkeyfrom earlier Turkey-cock, term origin, originally applied to the guinea fowl, sometimes imported through Turkey and, for a time, identified with the American fowl