bomb vs turkey what difference

what is difference between bomb and turkey

English

Etymology

From French bombe, from Italian bomba, from Latin bombus (a booming sound), from Ancient Greek βόμβος (bómbos, booming, humming, buzzing), imitative of the sound itself. Doublet of bombe. Compare boom.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, General Australian) IPA(key): /bɒm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bɑm/
  • Rhymes: -ɒm
  • Homophone: balm (for speakers with the father-bother merger)

Noun

bomb (plural bombs)

  1. An explosive device used or intended as a weapon.
    • 2008, Sidney Gelb, Foreign Service Agent, page 629,
      The size of the ground hole crater from the blast indicates it was a bomb.
    1. (dated, often with the) The atomic bomb.
    2. (figuratively) Events or conditions that have a speedy destructive effect.
    3. (colloquial) Any explosive charge.
  2. (slang) A failure; an unpopular commercial product.
    • 1997, Eric L. Flom, Chaplin in the Sound Era: An Analysis of the Seven Talkies, page 277,
      Projection problems plagued Countess’ London premiere on January 5, 1967, Jerry Epstein recalled, and it was perhaps an omen, for reaction by critics afterward was swift and immediate: The film was a bomb.
    • 2010, Tony Curtis, Peter Golenbock, American Prince: My Autobiography, unnumbered page,
      The movie was a bomb and so was my next film, Balboa, in which I played a scheming real estate tycoon.
    • 2011, Elizabeth Barfoot Christian, Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture, page 11,
      The movie was a bomb, but it put the band before an even larger audience.
  3. (US, Australia, informal) A car in poor condition.
    Synonyms: lemon, rustbucket
    • 2005 August 6, Warm affection for a rust-bucket past, Sydney Morning Herald [1]
      Nowadays, an old bomb simply won’t pass the inspection.
    • 2010, Rebecca James, Beautiful Malice, page 19,
      We′ve got the money and it just feels ridiculous to let you drive around in that old bomb.
    • 2011, Amarinda Jones, Seducing Celestine, page 49,
      After two weeks of driving it she knew the car was a bomb and she did not need anyone saying it to her. The only one allowed to pick on her car was her. Piece of crap car []
  4. (Britain, slang) A large amount of money.
    Synonyms: fortune, packet, pretty penny
    • 2009, Matthew Vierling, The Blizzard, page 133,
      When Kiley presented Blackpool with the custom shotgun, he said, “This must′ve cost a bomb.”
    • 2010, Liz Young, Fair Game, page 136,
      ‘You′ve already spent a bomb!’
      ‘Not on it, Sal — under it. Presents!’ As we eventually staggered up to bed, Sally said to me, ‘I hope to God he′s not been spending a bomb on presents, too. []
    • 2011, Michael R. Häack, Passport: A Novel of International Intrigue, page 47,
      The kids cost a bomb to feed, they eat all the time.
    • 2011, Bibe, A Victim, page 38,
      He had recently exchanged his old bike for a new, three speed racer, which cost a bomb and the weekly payment were becoming difficult, with the dangers of repossession.
  5. (social) Something highly effective or attractive.
    1. (chiefly Britain, slang) A success; the bomb.
    2. (chiefly Britain, India, slang) A very attractive woman.
      Synonym: bombshell
    3. (often in combination) An action or statement that causes a strong reaction.
    4. (American football, slang) A long forward pass.
    5. (basketball, slang) A throw into the basket from a considerable distance.
      • 2013, Brett L. Abrams, Raphael Mazzone, The Bullets, the Wizards, and Washington, DC, Basketball (page 163)
        With five seconds remaining, Smith received the inbounds pass and launched a bomb that dropped through the net to give his team an 80-79 victory.
  6. A cyclone whose central pressure drops at an average rate of at least one millibar per hour for at least 24 hours.
  7. (chemistry) A heavy-walled container designed to permit chemical reactions under high pressure.
    • 2008, François Cardarelli, Materials Handbook: A Concise Desktop Reference, page 276,
      The process consisted in preparing the metal by metallothermic reduction of titanium tetrachloride with sodium metal in a steel bomb.
  8. (obsolete) A great booming noise; a hollow sound.
  9. (slang) A woman’s breast.
  10. (professional wrestling) A professional wrestling throw in which an opponent is lifted and then slammed back-first down to the mat.
  11. (slang) A recreational drug ground up, wrapped, and swallowed.
  12. (colloquial) An act of jumping into water while keeping one’s arms and legs tucked into the body, as in a squatting position, to maximize splashing.
    Synonym: cannonball

Usage notes

  • The diametrical slang meanings are somewhat distinguishable by the article. For “a success”, the phrase is generally the bomb. Otherwise bomb can mean “a failure”.

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • lemon

Verb

bomb (third-person singular simple present bombs, present participle bombing, simple past and past participle bombed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To attack using one or more bombs; to bombard.
    • 2000, Canadian Peace Research Institute, Canadian Peace Research and Education Association, Peace Research, Volumes 32-33, page 65,
      15 May: US jets bombed air-defence sites north of Mosul, as the Russian Foreign Ministry accused the US and Britain of intentionally bombing civilian targets. (AP)
    • 2005, Howard Zinn, A People’s History of the United States: 1492-Present, page 421,
      Italy had bombed cities in the Ethiopian war; Italy and Germany had bombed civilians in the Spanish Civil War; at the start of World War II German planes dropped bombs on Rotterdam in Holland, Coventry in England, and elsewhere.
    • 2007, David Parker, Hertfordshire Children in War and Peace, 1914-1939, page 59,
      Essendon was bombed in the early hours of 3 September 1916; a few houses and part of the church were destroyed, and two sisters killed.
  2. (transitive, intransitive, slang) To fail dismally.
    • 1992 June, Lynn Norment, Arsenio Hall: Claiming the Late-night Crown, in Ebony, page 74,
      So Hall quit the job, turned in the company car and went to Chicago, where as a stand-up comic he bombed several times before he was discovered by Nancy Wilson, who took him on the road — where he bombed again before a room of Republicans—and then to Los Angeles.
    • 2000, Carmen Infantino, Jon B. Cooke (interviewer), The Carmen Infantino Interview, in Jon B. Cooke, Neal Adams, Comic Book Artist Collection, page 12,
      Carmen: [] Then it bombed and it bombed badly. After a few more issues I asked Mike what was happening and he said, “I′m trying everything I can but it′s just not working.” So I took him off the book and he left. That was it.
    • 2008, Erik Sternberger, The Long and Winding Road, page 62,
      She was the reason why he bombed the interview. He just couldn′t seem to get her out of his mind.
  3. (intransitive, slang, computing) To crash.
    • 2001, Janet Holm McHenry, Girlfriend Gatherings: Creative Ways to Stay Connected (page 28)
      When things weren’t going Alison’s way at work — some editor wanted something changed or her computer bombed again — she’d cuss and yell at whoever happened to be in the way.
  4. (informal) To jump into water in a squatting position, with the arms wrapped around the legs.
  5. (obsolete) To sound; to boom; to make a humming or buzzing sound.
    • 1625, Ben Jonson, The Fortunate Isles and Their Union
      What over-charged piece of melancholie / Is this, breakes in betweene my wishes thus, / With bombing sighs?
  6. (slang) To cover an area in many graffiti tags.
  7. (informal) To add an excessive amount of chlorine to a pool when it has not been maintained properly.
  8. (slang, reflexive) To make oneself drunk.
    • 1995, Four Rooms (film)
      TED: The champagne you ordered, sir.
      MAN: No time for this. Leave it on ice.
      WIFE: But I want some now…
      MAN: There’ll be plenty for you at the party, baby, you can bomb yourself all you want at the party.
  9. (informal, especially with along, down, up etc.) To move at high speed.

Derived terms

  • bomber
  • bomb out

Translations

References

  • bomb in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • bomb at OneLook Dictionary Search

Adjective

bomb (comparative more bomb, superlative most bomb)

  1. (slang) Great, awesome.

See also

  • the bomb

Further reading

  • bomb on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bomˀb/, [ˈb̥ɔmˀb̥]
  • Homophone: bump

Verb

bomb

  1. imperative of bombe

Norwegian Bokmål

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bumb/
  • Rhymes: -umb

Verb

bomb

  1. imperative of bombe

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

bomb c

  1. a bomb

Declension

Related terms

  • atombomb
  • bomba
  • bombardera
  • bombastisk
  • sexbomb


English

Etymology

Clipping of turkey-cock and turkey-hen ((originally) the guinea fowl (family Numididae)), which was imported to Europe by Turkey merchants through Turkey. The word was then applied to the larger northern American bird Meleagris gallopavo which was brought to Spain by conquistadors in 1523. This transfer of the name may have occurred because the two birds were considered similar to each other, or because the North American turkey was in part introduced through Ottoman territories, or simply to indicate that it was foreign.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːki/
  • (General American) enPR: tûr’kē, IPA(key): /ˈtɝki/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)ki
  • Hyphenation: tur‧key

Noun

turkey (plural turkeys or turkies)

  1. (countable, originally, now obsolete) The guinea fowl (family Numididae). [from c. 1600]
  2. (countable) A bird in the genus Meleagris with a fan-shaped tail and wattled neck, especially the wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo, now domesticated).
  3. (uncountable) The flesh or meat of this bird eaten as food.
  4. (countable) With a distinguishing word: a bird resembling the Meleagris gallopavo (for example, the brush turkey or bush turkey (Alectura lathami), and the water turkey (Anhinga anhinga)).
  5. (countable, bowling) An act of throwing three strikes in a row.
  6. (countable, medicine, slang, derogatory) A patient feigning symptoms; a person faking illness or injury; a malingerer.
  7. (countable, Australia, US, slang, dated) A pack carried by a lumberman; a bindle; also, a large travel bag, a suitcase. [from early 20th c.]
  8. (countable, US, slang) A failure.
    Synonym: flop
  9. (countable, US, slang, usually mildly derogatory) A foolish or inept person.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:idiot

Hyponyms

  • (male): turkey-cock
  • (female): turkey-hen
  • Californian turkey
  • ocellated turkey
  • wild turkey

Derived terms

Translations

See also

  • gobble (to make the sound of a turkey)

References

Further reading

  • domestic turkey on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • turkey (bird) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • turkey as food on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • turkey (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Meleagris gallopavo on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • Meleagris ocellata on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • “turkey” in the Collins English Dictionary

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