donkey's years

noun Informal.

a very long time; eons.

Nearby words

  1. donkey jacket,
  2. donkey topsail,
  3. donkey vote,
  4. donkey work,
  5. donkey's tail,
  6. donkey-lick,
  7. donkey-work,
  8. donko,
  9. donleavy,
  10. donn-byrne

Origin of donkey's years

1895–1900; probably orig. donkey('s) ears, as rhyming slang for years, with years replacing ears once rhyming orig. was forgotten Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for donkey's years

donkey's years


informal a long time
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Idioms and Phrases with donkey's years

donkey's years

A long time, as in I haven't seen her in donkey's years. This expression punningly alludes to the considerable length of the animal's ears. [Early 1900s]

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