Donkey pump
Donkey Don"key (d[o^][ng]"k[y^]), n.; pl. {Donkeys} (d[o^][ng]"k[i^]z). [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. [1913 Webster]

2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass. [1913 Webster]

{Donkey engine}, a small auxiliary engine not used for propelling, but for pumping water into the boilers, raising heavy weights, and like purposes.

{Donkey pump}, a steam pump for feeding boilers, extinguishing fire, etc.; -- usually an auxiliary.

{Donkey's eye} (Bot.), the large round seed of the {Mucuna pruriens}, a tropical leguminous plant. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Donkey — Don key (d[o^][ng] k[y^]), n.; pl. {Donkeys} (d[o^][ng] k[i^]z). [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Donkey engine — Donkey Don key (d[o^][ng] k[y^]), n.; pl. {Donkeys} (d[o^][ng] k[i^]z). [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Donkey's eye — Donkey Don key (d[o^][ng] k[y^]), n.; pl. {Donkeys} (d[o^][ng] k[i^]z). [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pump — Synonyms and related words: abdomen, add to, aggrandize, air pump, amplify, animate, anus, appendix, aspirator, augment, bail out, beer pump, bicycle pump, bilge pump, bleed, blind gut, bloat, blow up, bowels, brain, breast pump, broach, broaden …   Moby Thesaurus

  • donkey — /dong kee, dawng , dung /, n., pl. donkeys, adj. n. 1. the domestic ass, Equus asinus. 2. (since 1874) a representation of this animal as the emblem of the U.S. Democratic party. 3. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person. 4. a woodworking apparatus …   Universalium

  • donkey — I. /ˈdɒŋki / (say dongkee) noun (plural donkeys) 1. a domesticated ass, Equus asinus, used as a beast of burden. 2. a stupid, silly or obstinate person. –adjective 3. Machinery auxiliary: donkey pump. –phrase 4. be on like Donkey Kong, (of a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • donkey — don•key [[t]ˈdɒŋ ki, ˈdɔŋ , ˈdʌŋ [/t]] n. pl. keys, adj. 1) mam a domesticated ass Equus asinus[/ex] 2) a stupid, silly, or obstinate person 3) mac auxiliary: donkey engine; donkey pump[/ex] • Etymology: 1775–85; perh. alter. of Dunkey,… …   From formal English to slang

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