What does the word turnkey mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A jaller.

Usage examples for turnkey

  1. The musing Flora nodded compassionately, but inwardly she said that, gift or no gift, Anna should serve her time in Doubting Castle, with her, Flora, for turnkey. – Kincaid's Battery by George W. Cable
  2. From the domineering boss down to the smallest understrapper, the spirit of the jailer and turnkey is dominant. – An Anarchist Woman by Hutchins Hapgood
  3. He was taken up on suspicion and committed to New Prison, where he continued three years, behaving himself so well in the prison that the justices ordered him his liberty, and he was thereupon made turnkey of that place. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward