This term came about through a very popular cartoon of a helmet topping off a pair of boots to signify the veteran with just a short time left in his enlistment and keeping a REALLY low profile, turtle-like, trying to make it out alive. Among VietNam and older veterans a challenge term by which infantrymen recognized each other.

When a veteran infantryman would meet another veteran, the question would be asked: "Are you a turtle?". To which the challenged veteran would have to either reply "You bet your sweet ass I am!" or have to buy the challenging veteran a drink.
Army veteran: "Are you a turtle?"

Marine veteran: "You bet your sweet ass I am".
ayon kay 19D4L ika-23 ng Agosto, 2012
When you're talkin to a person, and they're not comprehending what your'e saying.
"Omg yo, ur so dumb! Turtle."
ayon kay Llened ika-01 ng Oktubre, 2014
An amphibian that's lazy as fuck and wears a bulletproof shell on his/her back.Lives its life on land but lays eggs in water.Cold-blooded, heavy bastard that's slower than a man half-dead from work.
Look at that turtle, it's so lazy!
ayon kay TheNameIsHedvig ika-28 ng Abril, 2014
A small amphibian with a hard shell and loose skin. It walks at a slow speed and can live for up to 200 years!
The turtle walk slowly across the street.
ayon kay SexyMan12271 ika-05 ng Nobyembre, 2013
Someone who is slow at realizing just about anything. They comprehend something 5 minutes after you say it. They are usually awfully slow.
"Man im no turtle!"
"I said you were an hour ago"
ayon kay iamthyturtle ika-12 ng Enero, 2012
a bum who only takes a shit every other hour
man that new kid is a shitty turtle
ayon kay scc12321 ika-12 ng Oktubre, 2010
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