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.
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- Equus asinus, family Equidae, descended from the wild ass of Africa
- 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.
- 2 • informal A stupid or inept person.More example sentences
- We've called him and his ilk everything from thickheaded bozos, to donkeys and pious do-gooders.
- I had seven names in all: imbecile, donkey, flax-head, dope, glump, ninny, and fool.
- British • informal A very long time: we’ve been close friends for donkey’s yearsMore 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.
late 18th century (originally pronounced to rhyme with monkey): perhaps from dun1, or from the given name Duncan.