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


There was Patch after was drowned out of a curagh that turned over.

To end the interview, she turned over and lay with her face to the wall.

The askaris in Chak's tent grumbled, and turned over, and asked what it was all about.

He had turned over on his side, and his face was now towards me.

It stood in front of our old log structure, now turned over to the slaves.

Miss Portman's hand trembled as she turned over the pages of the letter.

Sitting in the sheets, I turned over in my mind all that this waif had said.

Mr. Dodge turned over a few leaves, and gave other extracts.

Mr. Bentham turned over some papers which lay upon the table before him.

Artois did not reply, but turned over the leaves of the book mechanically.


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.