donkey

noun don·key \ ˈdäŋ-kē , ˈdəŋ- , ˈdȯŋ- \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of donkey

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

Examples of donkey in a Sentence

  1. we put our bags on the donkey and headed down the canyon

  2. called him a donkey when he refused to go along with their plans

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Origin and Etymology of donkey

origin unknown

donkey Synonyms

Synonyms
ass, burro, jackass, moke [British slang]
Antonyms
brain, genius
Related Words
jack, jennet, jenny; hinny, mule; pack animal
Near Antonyms
egghead, intellect, intellectual, sage, thinker, whiz, wizard; polymath, Renaissance man; sharpie (or sharpy)


DONKEY Defined for English Language Learners

donkey

noun

Definition of donkey for English Language Learners

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


DONKEY Defined for Kids

donkey

noun don·key \ ˈdäŋ-kē , ˈdəŋ- , ˈdȯŋ- \

Definition of donkey for Students

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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