donkey engine


: a small usually portable auxiliary engine
: a small locomotive used in switching

Word History

First Known Use

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of donkey engine was in 1858

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Cite this Entry

“Donkey engine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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