Dictionary: TUR – TUZ


• TURD
n. 1. a piece of excrement …c1000 sl.
n. 2. a rude nickname for a disliked person …c1000
n. 3. an unpleasant or despicable person, usually male …1936 sl.
 
• TURD BEETLE
n. a term of abuse …1947 Amer. dial.
 
• TURD-BRINDLE
adj. muddy brown …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• TURD-FLOATER
n. a heavy rain …1962 Amer. dial.
 
• TURDMAN
n. the man who hauls away excrement; a cleaner of privies …L18 Brit. sl.
 
• TURD-WALLOPER
n. the man who carts away dung from privies …20C Brit. sl.
 
• TUREEN DINNER
n. a potluck meal …1909 Amer. dial.
 
• TURF
n. 1. 1930s jive talk – the sidewalk; the street
n. 2. 1953 US street gang usage – the territory claimed or controlled by a street gang
n. 3. 1970s US sl. – a particular specialized concern
vb. 1970s medical sl. – to transfer a patient to another ward or service in order to evade responsibility, decisions, irritations, etc.
 
• THE TURF
n. 1860 US sl. – the work and venue of a prostitute; the street
 
• TURF-CUTTER
n. an Irishman …20C sl., derogatory
 
• TURF OFF
vb. to dismiss …1888 sl.
 
• TURF OUT
vb. to dismiss …1888 sl.
 
• TURISTA(S)
n. diarrhoea, esp. when it occurs in American tourists in Mexico …1970 US sl.
 
• TURK
n. 1. any cruel and overbearing man …L18 sl.
n. 2. a person of Irish birth or descent …1914 sl., chiefly US, usually derogatory
n. 3. an active pederast …E20 US sl.
 
• TURKEY
n. 1. 1888 Amer. dial., esp. logging usage – a bag used especially to carry clothes, bedding, and other personal possessions; a bedroll; a suitcase  
n. 2. 1893 Amer. & Aust. sl. – a bundle or holdall carried by itinerant workers, vagrants, etc.  
n. 3. 1911 Amer. dial. – a person of Irish descent; a Catholic  
n. 4. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – a lumberman’s pack or kit  
n. 5. 1927 US sl. – an inferior or unsuccessful film or theatrical production; hence, anything disappointing or of inferior value  
n. 6. 1940s bowling usage – three consecutive strikes
n. 7. 1941 US sl. – anything inferior, stupid, or futile
n. 8. Bk1942 Amer. sl. – boasting  
n. 9. 1951 US sl. – an ineffectual or incompetent person  
n. 10. 1970s US criminals’ & teen sl. – the victim of a mugging or street robbery
n. 11. 1982 Amer. dial. – a scolding; teasing  
n. 12. 1989 Amer. dial. – a wedgie; the act of lifting a person from behind by the belt, belt buckles, top of the underwear, or the seat of the pants  
vb. E19 sl., orig. US – to speak frankly and without reserve; to talk hard facts, to get down to business  
 
• TURKEY CHEESE
n. cottage cheese …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY-EGGED
adj. freckled, speckled …1912 Amer. dial.
 
 TURKEY-EGGS
n. freckles …1761 Eng. & Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY FEED
n. cottage cheese …1931 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY FOOD
n. cottage cheese …1968 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEYFOOT
n. an intersection of four roads other than a crossroads …1984 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY FROST
n. a light frost …1950 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY GOBBLER
n. a lover or philanderer of advanced years …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TURKEY JERK
n. a wedgie; the act of lifting a person from behind by the belt, belt buckles, top of the underwear, or the seat of the pants …1989 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY ROOST
n. the upper balcony in a theatre …1969 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY RUN
n. 1. a remote or insignificant place …1906 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a covered, open passageway between two sections of a house or cabin …1937 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY SCRATCHING
n. handwriting that’s hard to read …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY SHOOT
n. 1. US Civil War usage – an ambush; an easy killing  
n. 2. 1970s US sl. – something very easy
 
• TURKEY-TAIL
vb. to fan or spread out; to divide and head in various directions …1913 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY-TOMB
n. a turkey pie …1622 humorous usage obs.
 
• TURKEY TOWN
n. a remote or insignificant place …1966 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY TRACKS
n. illegible handwriting …1836 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY TROT
n. 1. a rapid walk or trot …1839 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a remote or insignificant place …1905 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a covered, open passageway between two sections of a house or cabin …1937 Amer. dial.
n. 4. a wedgie; the act of lifting a person from behind by the belt, belt buckles, top of the underwear, or the seat of the pants …1989 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKEY-TURD BEER
n. a fertilizing mixture made of manure and water …1959 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKLE
n. a turtle …1770 Amer. dial.
 
• TURKOMANIA
n. Bk1991 – an obsession with Turkey and things Turkish
 
 TURMOILOUS
adj. full of turmoil or tumult; disturbed; troublesome …1553 obs. rare
 
• TURN
n. 1. a sudden feeling of illness …1775 sl.
n. 2. the quantity of anything that can be carried or brought in a single trip …1800 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a shock caused by something unexpected …1846 sl.
n. 4. personality, temperament, manner …1923 Amer. dial.
vb. 1. to pour something …1773 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. to show one’s character; to act, to conduct one’s self …1902 Amer. dial.
 
• TURNABOUT
n. a dance to which girls invite boys …1939 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN A FINGER
vb. to do a stroke of work; usually in negative …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN-AGAIN LANE
n. a cul-de-sac …1531 obs.
 
• TURN A HAND
vb. to do a stroke of work; usually in negative …1869 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN AN HONEST PENNY
vb. to earn one’s living honestly; to make money by fair means
 
• TURN A PERSON HIS PAD
vb. to turn him off; to dismiss him …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
• TURN A TRICK
vb. to commit a successful robbery …1865 US sl.
 
• TURN A WHEEL
vb. to do a stroke of work; usually in negative …1864 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN CHARLIE
vb. to turn coward or become frightened ….c1930 sl.
 
• TURN DINGO ON
vb. to betray someone …1945 Aust. sl.
 
• TURN DOG ON
vb. to betray …1846 U & Aust. sl.
 
• TURN DOWN A LEAF
vb. to cease for a time …a1659 obs.
 
• TURN DOWN THE DAMPER
vb. to rob a cash drawer or till …1893 US sl.
 
• TURNED AROUND
adj. bewildered; perplexed; baffled …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TURNED OFF
adj. thrown from a horse …1960 Amer. dial.
 
• TURNHOLE
n. a whirlpool in a river …1830 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN IN
vb. to go to bed …1695 sl., orig. nautical usage
 
• TURN IN ONE’S CHECKS
vb. to die …1955 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN IN ONE’S CHIPS
vb. to die …1955 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN IN ONE’S DINNER-PAIL
vb. to die …1905 jocular usage
 
• TURN IT UP
vb. to be quiet …1945 Brit. sl.
 
• TURNKEY JOB
n. 1934 US sl. – a good job that will not need to be done again; a definitive treatment
 
• TURN-OFF
n. something disgusting …1975 sl.
(verbs as ‘turn off’)
vb. 1. to pour something …1830 Amer. dial.
vb. 2. of weather: to become, to change to being …1848 Amer. dial.
vb. 3. to repel …1965 sl.
 
• TURN OF THE NIGHT
phr. passing midnight …Bk1913-17 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN OLD-MAS
vb. to collapse into confusion …20C W. Indies sl.
 
• TURN-ON
n. 1. one who pleases or delights; something enjoyable …1969 sl.
n. 2. a sexually attractive thing or person …1969 sl.
n. 3. a drug taker’s state of intoxication …1969 sl.
(verbs usually as ‘turn on’)
vb. 1. to please, to delight, implying the arousing of someone’s approving (often sexual) interest …1903 sl., orig. US
vb. 2. to introduce someone to something that one likes …1950s Amer. sl.
vb. 3. to use drugs and become intoxicated …1953 sl., orig. US
vb. 4. to attract or stimulate sexually …1966 sl., orig. US
 
• TURN ON A DIME
vb. 1970s US sl. – to be able to turn around in a very short radius
 
• TURN ONE’S DAMPER DOWN
vb. to cool one’s ardour or enthusiasm …1924 US sl.
 
• TURN ONE’S FACE TO THE WALL
vb. of a person on his deathbed: to be conscious of the approach of the end …1579
 
• TURN ONE’S INNER MAN
vb. to upset one’s stomach …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TURN ONE’S LIGHTS OUT
vb. 1980s US sl. – to punish someone severely; to incapacitate someone
 
• TURN ONE’S TIPPET
vb. to change one’s course or behaviour completely; in bad sense, to act the turncoat or renegade …1546 obs.
 
• TURN ONE’S TOE
vb. to set off in another direction …1902 Sc.
 
• TURN ONE’S TOES UP
vb. to die …1860
 
• TURN ON THE AIR
vb. to take to one’s heels, to leave hurriedly, to rush off …1970 US sl.
 
• TURN ON THE FAN
vb. to hurry, to move quickly; to depart hurriedly; to run away; to escape …1935 Amer. sl., esp. prison usage
 
• TURN ON THE MAIN
vb. to begin to weep copiously …1837
 
• TURN ON THE STEAM
vb. 1. to go fast …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
vb. 2. to depart hurriedly …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
vb. 3. to begin, to commence …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TURN ON THE WATERWORKS
vb. to start to cry …1647 sl.
 
• TURN OUT
vb. to pour something …1817 Amer. dial.
 
• TURNOVER
n. a spatula …1969 Amer. dial.
vb.(‘turn over’) to ransack a place, usually in order to commit robbery, or searching a person …1859 sl.
 
• TURN OVER A HAND
vb. to do a stroke of work; usually in negative …1950 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN OVER THE NEXT LEAF
vb. to adopt a different (now always a better) line of conduct …1577-87 obs.
 
• TURN QUEEN’S
vb. to turn Queen’s evidence, that is, to give evidence against co-defendants, usually to your own advantage …1996 UK sl.
 
• TURN RABBIT
vb. to leave quickly; to run away …1930s sl.
 
 TURN-SICK
adj. affected with vertigo, giddy, dizzy, light-headed …c1440 obs.
n. 1. vertigo, swimming in the head …c1450 obs.
n. 2. a disease caused by an encysted worm in the brain of the sheep …1834 Eng. dial.
 
• TURN SOMEONE IN
vb. to give someone up to the police …1926 sl.
 
• TURN SOMEONE OVER
vb. to upset, to distress …1865 sl.
 
• TURN STAG
vb. to betray …1725
 
• TURN THE AIR BLUE
vb. 1890 UK sl. – to use obscene or blasphemous language
 
• TURN THE BEST SIDE OUTWARD
vb. to make the best appearance possible …1663
 
• TURN THE CAT IN THE PAN
vb. 1. to reverse the order of things so dexterously as to make them appear the very opposite of what they really are; to turn a thing right about …1532 obs.
vb. 2. to change one’s position, to change sides, from motives of interest, etc. …1622
 
• TURN THE CORNER OF BOLT STREET
vb. to run away; to escape …L19 colloq.
 
• TURN THE LEAF
vb. to adopt a different (now always a better) line of conduct …1577-87 obs.
 
• TURN THE SCALE(S)
vb. to decide in favour of one side or faction; to determine the outcome 
 
• TURN THE TIMMER
vb. to drink beer, etc. …1794 Sc.
 
• TURN TO
vb. to begin, to commence …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TURN TO BAG AND WALLET
vb. to become a beggar …1599 obs.
 
• TURN TOPPLE-TAIL
vb. to turn a somersault …1828 Eng. dial.
 
• TURN TO THE RIGHT-ABOUT
vb. to dismiss …1842 sl.
 
• TURN TWO SHIRTS COLDER
vb. of the weather: to grow colder …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TURN-UP
n. an unexpected piece of good luck; any unexpected turn of events …1873 sl.
(verbs as ‘turn up’)
vb. 1. to make someone vomit or feel sick …1892 sl.
vb. 2. to possess carnally …Bk1903 sl.
 
• A TURN-UP FOR THE BOOKS
n. an unexpected piece of good luck; any unexpected turn of events …1873 sl.
 
• TURN UP ONE’S NOSE
vb. to regard or treat with contempt …1818
 
• TURN UP ONE’S SHOE-TOPS
vb. to vomit profusely …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN UP ONE’S TOENAILS
vb. to vomit violently …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• TURN UP ONE’S TOES
vb. to die …1851 sl.
 
• TURN UP THE EYES LIKE A DUCK IN THUNDER
vb. to show astonishment …Bk1905 N. Ireland
 
• TURPENTINE
adj. of the backwoods, rustic …1958 Amer. dial.
 
• TURPITUDINOUS
adj. 1814 – characterized by turpitude or depravity; shameful, foul, wicked
 
• TURPS
n. 1. turpentine …1823 Amer. sl.
n. 2. beer …1865 Aust. sl.
 
• TURTLE
n. 1. a glove …1896 Brit, rhyming sl. (Turtle-Dove)
n. 2. the trunk or trunk lid of an automobile …1950 Amer. dial.
 
• TURTLE DECK
n. the trunk or trunk lid of an automobile …1907 Amer. dial.
 
• TURTLE-DOVE
n. a glove …1857 Brit. rhyming sl.
 
• TURTLEDOVES
n. 1940s US sl. – a pair of sweethearts
 
• TURTLE HULL
n. the trunk or trunk lid of an automobile …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• TURTLE SHELL
n. the trunk or trunk lid of an automobile …1965 Amer. dial.
 
• TURVE
n. a stir, a commotion …1893 Eng. dial.
vb. 1. to struggle; to writhe …1746 Eng. dial.
vb. 2. to rage, to storm …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
• TURVEYDROP
n. one who poses as a perfect model of deportment; an affected person …1877
 
• TURVY-TOPSY
adj. disorderly; in confusion …Bk1942 Amer. sl.
 
• TUSH
adj. 1. dangerous; belligerent …1934 Amer. dial.
adj. 2. belonging to high society; wealthy, sophisticated, and influential, ritzy …1960 Amer. sl.
n. 1. a pointed or protruding tooth; a tusk, a fang …1781 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a small amount …1903 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a half-crown or florin …1912 Brit. sl.
n. 4. a wealthy, light-skinned society Black person …1970 African-American sl.
n. 5. a light-complexioned Black person; a mulatto …1960 Amer. dial. Black usage
n. 6. the buttocks …1962 sl., chiefly N. Amer.
 
• TUSHER
n. a pointed or protruding tooth; a tusk, a fang …1925 Amer. dial.
 
• TUSHEROON
n. 1. a half-crown …1859 Brit. sl.
n. 2. 5 shillings … Bk1891 sl.
 
• TUSH HAWK
n. a sophisticated person with money, clothes, and a ‘line’; a city slicker, a big shot …1934 Amer. dial.
 
• TUSH HOG
n. 1. a sophisticated person with money, clothes, and a ‘line’; a city slicker, a big shot …1934 Amer. dial.
n. 2. a tough, aggressive person, a bully, a rowdy …1919 Amer. dial.
n. 3. a wild or feral hog with prominent tusks …1934 Amer. dial.
 
• TUSHIE; TUSHY
n. the buttocks …1962 sl., chiefly N. Amer.
 
• TUSKER
n. a wild or feral hog with prominent tusks …1891 Amer. dial.
 
• TUSOME
adj. troublesome, tiresome; restless, unquiet …Bk1905 Eng. dial.
 
 TUSSICATE
vb. 1598 obs. rare – to cough
 
• TUSSICK
n. Bk1913-17 Amer. dial. – a handbag, valise  
 
• TUSSOCK
n. 1. 1920 Amer. dial. – illegally made whisky; moonshine  
n. 2. 1969 Amer. dial. – a packsack  
 
• TUSSOCK LIQUOR
n. 1940 Amer. dial. – illegally made whisky; moonshine  
 
• TUTIVILLER
n. 1568 obs., derogatory – a wicked, destructive, or difficult person, a scoundrel, a rogue, a knave; a person who gossips, spreads rumours, or tells tales, a tattler
 
• TUT-MOUTHED
adj. 1500-20 now Sc., rare – having protruding lips; also, having a projecting under jaw
 
• TUTOR
vb. 1. 1913 Amer. dial. – to treat, to manage  
vb. 2. 1927 Amer. dial. – to indulge, to spoil a child, to pamper  
 
• TUTTLE
adj. B1900 Eng. dial. – excitable, short-tempered
n. 1. 1869 Eng. dial. – a child’s name for a tooth  
n. 2. B1900 Eng. dial. – a child’s name for a foot
n. 3. B1900 Eng. dial. – a mess
n. 4. B1900 Eng. dial. – an awkward, ill-tempered fellow; a term of contempt
n. 5. B1900 Eng. dial. – a worker
vb. 1. 1899 Eng. dial. – to arrange the dress; to adorn; to titivate  
vb. 2. B1900 Eng. dial. – to whisper; to carry tales
 
• TUTU
n. 1. 1938 Hawaii – a grandparent, esp. a grandmother  
n. 2. 1967 Hawaii – an aunt  
 
• TUX
n. 1922 US sl. – a dinner jacket  
 
• TUZZY-MUZZY
adj. 1847 Eng. dial. – dishevelled, ragged, untidy; fuzzy
n. 1. c1440 obs. exc. Eng. dial. – a bunch or posy of flowers, a nosegay; a garland of flowers
n. 2. 1711 sl. – the vagina
n. 3. 1842 Eng. dial. – a burr
n. 4. Bk1905 Eng. dial. – a person much wrapped up


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