Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Don't let them see you get nervous when they turn out of the coaches.

Go to your bedroom; and if you turn out a good-for-nothing and a scamp, it is no fault of mine.

"That's as may turn out before a jury," said one of the assistants gravely.

You'll be a great fellow, John, if you turn out to be like your da.

It will then turn out so firm that you may cut it into slices like cheese.

I turn out nothing else, and I make you a present of the confession.'

In this way, if a note should turn out to be bad, you could not return it to its owner.

Well, if it turn out to be so, I shall push right on over the ice- fields.

I suppose you have been asking yourself of late, what if you were to turn out to be a funk!'

See whether I am as good as my word and turn out to be among the foremost, or no.


late Old English turnian "to rotate, revolve," in part also from Old French torner "to turn," both from Latin tornare "turn on a lathe," from tornus "lathe," from Greek tornos "lathe, tool for drawing circles," from PIE root *tere- "to rub, rub by turning, turn, twist" (see throw (v.)). Expression to turn (something) into (something else) probably retains the classical sense of "to shape on a lathe" (attested in English from c.1300). Related: Turned; turning.

To turn up "arrive" is recorded from 1755. Turn-off "something that dampens one's spirits" recorded by 1971 (said to have been in use since 1968); to turn (someone) on "excite, stimulate, arouse" is recorded from 1903. Someone should revive turn-sick "dizzy," which is attested from mid-15c. To turn (something) loose "set free" is recorded from 1590s. Turn down (v.) "reject" first recorded 1891, American English. Turn in "go to bed" is attested from 1690s, originally nautical. To turn the stomach "nauseate" is recorded from 1620s. To turn up one's nose as an expression of contempt is attested from 1779. Turning point is attested by 1836 in a figurative sense; literal sense from 1856.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.