noun (plural donkeys) Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1785 1. the domestic ass (Equus asinus) 2. a stupid or obstinate person

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  • donkey — ► NOUN (pl. donkeys) 1) a domesticated hoofed mammal of the horse family with long ears and a braying call. 2) informal a foolish person. ● donkey s years Cf. ↑donkey s years ● talk the hind leg off a donkey Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • 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

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  • donkey — 1785, originally slang, perhaps a dim. from dun dull gray brown, the form perhaps influenced by monkey. Or possibly from a familiar form of Duncan (Cf. dobbin). The older English word was ASS (Cf. ass) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • donkey — [däŋ′kē, dôŋ′kē; ] also [, duŋ′kē] n. pl. donkeys [also earlier donky: late slang, rhyming with and patterned after MONKEY: < ? DUNCAN1 or < ? DUN1] 1. a domesticated ass: see ASS1 …   English World dictionary

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  • 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

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