- the domestic ass, Equus asinus.
- (since 1874) a representation of this animal as the emblem of the U.S. Democratic Party.
- a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.
- a woodworking apparatus consisting of a clamping frame and saw, used for cutting marquetry veneers.
- Machinery. auxiliary: donkey engine; donkey pump; donkey boiler.
Origin of donkey
Examples from the Web for donkey
In the second instance, it is a man and his wife pleading from atop a donkey.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
He patrolled on foot, and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) filled the donkey paths that crisscrossed the wadis and hills.How a Thumb-Sized Gauge Is Revolutionizing Traumatic Brain Injuries
March 23, 2014
For the donkeys who have long felt that Donkey Ball should not be real, 2014 earns an A-.How Is 2014 Going? An Early Review
Kelly Williams Brown
January 4, 2014
He was painting the Sistine Chapel, and he was angry at one of the bishops or cardinals, so he painted him in with donkey ears.Interview: T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers’ Music Guru
December 13, 2013
The second page of the Power Point is headlined “Politics” and features two photographs—an elephant and a donkey.The Nature of the Beast: The Breathless Press and the Phony IRS ‘Scandal’
July 17, 2013
The Leopard Woman sat her donkey, and surveyed it all with appreciative eyes.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
"It's Charley Channing that's the donkey; not me," cried Tod, fiercely.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
The symbol of that influence was that ancient symbol of the humble and humorous—a donkey.
When first I saw the donkey I saw him in the sunlight as the unearthly gargoyle that he is.
"Well, we had some fun with the donkey, anyhow," put in Ned.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- Also called: ass a long-eared domesticated member of the horse family (Equidae), descended from the African wild ass (Equus asinus)
- a stupid or stubborn person
- British slang, derogatory a footballer known for his or her lack of skillthe players are a bunch of overpriced and overrated donkeys
- talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey to talk endlessly
Word Origin and History for donkey
1785, originally slang, perhaps a diminutive from dun "dull gray-brown," the form perhaps influenced by monkey. Or possibly from a familiar form of Duncan (cf. dobbin). The older English word was ass (n.1).