A servant (or a small dog running on a treadmill) whose job was to turn a spit on which meat was roasting.
More example sentences
- A house might have several turnspits, and each might be required to work the wheel for a number of hours.
- In a few years’ time, these noble youths would all be knighted and leave the kitchen behind, but the turnspits and the scullions would still be there.
Definition of turnspit in:
- The US English dictionary