Definition of donkey in English:

donkey

Syllabification: don·key
Pronunciation: /ˈdôNGkē
 
, ˈdäNGkē
 
/

noun (plural donkeys)

1A domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying call, used as a beast of burden; an ass.
  • Equus asinus, family Equidae, descended from the wild ass of Africa
More example sentences
  • Horses and donkeys produce mules, for example.
  • Hybrids such as the mule, a cross between a donkey and a horse, are sterile.
  • The strange script included drawings of camels, horses, donkeys and ibex.
Synonyms
2 informal A stupid or foolish person.
More example sentences
  • I hate it when my words come out like I am a stupid donkey.

Origin

late 18th century (originally pronounced to rhyme with monkey): perhaps from dun1, or from the given name Duncan.

Phrases

donkey's years

informal A very long time: we’ve been close friends for donkey’s years
More example sentences
  • The feeling in the village is really angry, people are very upset because of the amount of people who have played down there, going back donkey's years.
  • I have lived round here for donkey's years and this seemed to be the worst managed match.
  • It is the best lead toys collection we've seen in donkey's years and we are expecting that it will attract national collector interest.

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