donkey

noun
don·​key | \ˈdäŋ-kē, ˈdəŋ-, ˈdȯŋ- \
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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By this rule, domesticated dogs are a single species — whether dachshund or Great Dane — but a donkey and a horse are not. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Defines A Species?," 17 Aug. 2018 To be fair, this is hard, since donkeys reproduce slowly. The Economist, "Saving assesAfricans want to sell donkey skins. Western charities want to stop them," 8 Mar. 2018 The miners have traveled by donkey, motorcycle and even foot, making the last part of their journeys in trucks escorted by the military. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Thousands Flock to Remote, Lawless Sahara in Search of Gold," 16 Oct. 2018 Draft animals ranging from donkeys to work horses to oxen converged at Blue Slope Country Museum in Franklin, on April 21, for Spring Plow Day. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Draft Animals Break The Sod At Blue Slope Country Museum," 2 May 2018 As for elephant riding, the ACEWG notes that while veracious studies have not been conducted on elephants specifically, it is known that horses, dogs, and donkeys have a weight-carrying capacity of about 20-to-25 percent of their body weight. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Is It Ever Okay to Ride Elephants While on Vacation? It’s Complicated...," 18 Oct. 2018 Laborers lead donkeys and camels with loads of building material to the site, while stonecutters and masons climb the wall and occasionally suffer falls and other mishaps. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 Ranging from $27 to $249, np: beautiful products are now available at npbeautiful.com — no donkey rides or celebrity status required. Marci Robin, Allure, "Angelina Jolie Was a “Guinea Pig” for David Babaii’s New Haircare Line, np:beautiful," 15 July 2018 Early in the 1900s, the parade almost always featured a beloved member of the community: Nettie, a silver and brown donkey who from 1901 to 1923 was a pet of Dr. Thomas Lawton, his wife Lucy and their numerous children. Sara Clarkson, chicagotribune.com, "Hinsdale's Fourth of July parade marches through town's history," 20 June 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, 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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