Definition of turncock in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtərnˌkäk/ /ˈtərnˌkɑk/


  • A waterworks official responsible for turning on water at the mains.

    ‘On ‘water day’ the turncock of a particular neighbourhood would open the stopcock.’
    • ‘In each street turncocks controlled the water, which ran for as little as one to two hours a day two or three times a week in the early days.’
    • ‘Some old-stagers stuck to the ancient companies, and to the faces of familiar turncocks.’