Definition of donkey in English:

donkey

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒŋki
 
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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
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    • 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
    ass; jackass, jenny; mule, hinny; Spanish burro
    British informal moke, neddy
    Scottish dated cuddy
  • 2 informal A stupid or inept person.
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    • 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.
  • 3 informal An engine.
  • 4 (also donkey stool) A low stool on which an artist sits astride, especially in an art school.
  • 5 [mass noun] A children’s card game involving exchanging cards.

Phrases

donkey's years

British informal A very long time: we’ve been close friends for donkey’s years
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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