plural donkeys
: the domestic ass (Equus asinus)
: a stupid or obstinate person

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Example Sentences

we put our bags on the donkey and headed down the canyon called him a donkey when he refused to go along with their plans
Recent Examples on the Web Follows a donkey who encounters on his journeys good and bad people, experiences joy and pain, exploring a vision of modern Europe through his eyes. Clayton Davis, Variety, 24 Aug. 2022 The only casualty was the bomber and a donkey who had wandered into the frontline. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2022 And the bewitched fairy queen Titania and pompous actor Bottom, who Puck temporarily transforms into a donkey, exhibit their spellbound attraction with a wacky twerk-and-grind dance. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Aug. 2022 These are the first cases of the illness in South Carolina since 2014, when a donkey tested positive in Aiken County, Neault said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Trekking through the mountains with a donkey named Patrick, Antoinette coaxes the stubborn beast by venting her own dumb-animal feelings. Armond White, National Review, 27 July 2022 Antoinette’s friend is, of course, Patrick, a very discerning donkey who becomes her confidante and protector along the way. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The fever that turns Pinocchio into a donkey is his punishment for skipping school and running off to Playland. Perri Klass, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2022 Kourt and Addison chatted about life while doing donkey kicks, fire hydrants, and leg extensions. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 25 July 2022 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of donkey was circa 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Donkey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition



don·​key ˈdäŋ-kē How to pronounce donkey (audio)
plural donkeys
: an animal related to but smaller than the horse that has short hair in mane and tail and very large ears

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