turnspit
noun Date: 1570 1. a. one that turns a spit; specifically a small dog formerly used in a treadmill to turn a spit b. a roasting jack 2. a rotatable spit

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  • Turnspit — Turn spit , n. 1. One who turns a spit; hence, a person engaged in some menial office. [1913 Webster] His lordship is his majesty s turnspit. Burke. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) A small breed of dogs having a long body and short crooked legs.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turnspit — [tʉrn′spit΄] n. 1. a person who turns a spit 2. Historical a small dog trained to turn a spit by means of a treadmill 3. a spit that can be turned …   English World dictionary

  • turnspit — /terrn spit /, n. 1. a spit that rotates or can be rotated. 2. a mechanically or manually operated device for turning a spit on which meat is roasted. 3. a person who turns a spit. 4. a small dog having a long body and short legs, used formerly… …   Universalium

  • turnspit — noun a) A person employed in turning a spit for the purpose of roasting meat. b) A short legged, long bodied dog, now extinct, bred to run on a wheel to turn a spit …   Wiktionary

  • turnspit — noun historical a servant (or small dog running on a treadmill) whose job was to turn a spit on which meat was roasting …   English new terms dictionary

  • turnspit — turn•spit [[t]ˈtɜrnˌspɪt[/t]] n. 1) a spit that rotates or can be rotated 2) a person who turns a spit 3) dch a small dog formerly used to work a treadmill that turned a spit • Etymology: 1570–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • turnspit — /ˈtɜnspɪt/ (say ternspit) noun 1. someone who turns a spit. 2. a dog of a breed with long body and short legs formerly used to work a treadmill which turned a spit. {turn + spit2} …   Australian English dictionary

  • turnspit — n. hist. a person or small dog used to turn a spit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Turnspit Dog — (†) Turnspit Dog, 1862 Nicht von der …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Turnspit Dog — Infobox Dogbreed country = United Kingdom name = Turnspit Dog extinct = true The Turnspit Dog is a short legged, long bodied dog bred to run on a wheel, called a turnspit or dog wheel, to turn meat. The type is now extinct. It is mentioned in Of… …   Wikipedia

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