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noun Informal.

a very long time; eons.

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Origin of donkey's years

First recorded in 1895–1900; probably originally donkey('s) ears, as rhyming slang for years, with years replacing ears once the rhyming origin was forgotten
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British Dictionary definitions for donkey's years

donkey's years

noun

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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