donkey

noun
don·​key | \ ˈdäŋ-kē How to pronounce donkey (audio) , ˈdəŋ- How to pronounce donkey (audio) , ˈdȯŋ- How to pronounce donkey (audio) \
plural donkeys

Definition of donkey

1 : the domestic ass (Equus asinus)
2 : a stupid or obstinate person

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Synonyms for donkey

Synonyms

ass, burro, jackass, moke [British slang]

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Examples of donkey in a Sentence

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

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This is your dream destination: This 1 bedroom suite is situated above the owner's barn home to her Icelandic horses and miniature donkeys. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Where to Stay in New York's Hudson Valley," 5 Apr. 2019 On Saturdays, visitors make the trek by donkey carriage to the weekly souk, or market. Lane Nieset, Vogue, "After Marrakech, Go to Oualidia, the Montauk of Morocco," 30 Jan. 2019 Alternatively, visitors can hop on a donkey for a steep climb on concrete stairs or walk up. Costas Paris, WSJ, "A Greek Island Paradise Tries to Be a Little Less Welcoming," 1 Sep. 2018 Some decide to take their chances on another trip north, moving to The Dune, an otherworldly open-air market a few kilometers away, where macaroni and gasoline from Algeria are sold out of the back of pickups and donkey carts. Washington Post, "Walk or die: Algeria abandons 13,000 migrants in the Sahara," 25 June 2018 The earliest races were on buffalos, and then on donkeys. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale," 16 Apr. 2018 But on the other hand, the odds are still in the donkey’s favor: If the 24 Toss Ups were to split evenly between the parties, Democrats would gain 18 seats, five short of a majority. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Look Good Again on Key Midterm Polling Numbers," 12 July 2018 Two cases of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) have been confirmed in a horse and a donkey, Department of Health spokeswoman Holly Smith said. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Health officials warn of mosquito-borne illness in Volusia County," 2 July 2018 Investigators found and relocated 70 live horses, nine donkeys, six pigs and one longhorn on the property in Van Zandt County, about 30 miles east of Dallas, the newspaper reported. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "'A sea of dead horses' at Texas ranch: report," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of donkey

circa 1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for donkey

origin unknown

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donkey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of donkey

: an animal that is like a small horse with large ears

donkey

noun
don·​key | \ ˈdäŋ-kē How to pronounce donkey (audio) , ˈdəŋ-, ˈdȯŋ-\
plural donkeys

Kids Definition of donkey

: 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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