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.
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How to use donkey in a sentence
Scattered here and there were the corpses of horses and donkeys.
We came across men in loose djellabas riding tiny donkeys, and others scything by hand, leaving piles of barley under olive trees.
For the donkeys who have long felt that donkey Ball should not be real, 2014 earns an A-.
Are we putting gay people in the same category as people who have sex with donkeys?Patti Davis and Michael Reagan 'Feud' Over Gay Marriage | Lloyd Grove | April 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It felt so natural for her to hold babies, baby pigs, baby lambs, baby donkeys.Carine Roitfeld Exclusive Interview About CR Fashion Book | Isabel Wilkinson | September 6, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cash got up and went to the doorway, looking out over Bud's shoulder at the spiritless donkeys trailing in to water.Cabin Fever | B. M. Bower
In connection with donkeys, I have this interesting recollection, p. 16that one of the old men of the village told me.East Anglia | J. Ewing Ritchie
So the gentleman and the lady and the boy took their excursion day after day with the two donkeys.St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 | Various
Our transport to-day consisted of yaks and donkeys, which came along very well.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
Our new transport consisted of donkeys and some very wild yaks, which rapidly got rid of their loads.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921 | Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
British Dictionary definitions for donkey
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 skill: the players are a bunch of overpriced and overrated donkeys
talk the hind leg(s) off a donkey to talk endlessly
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Cultural definitions for donkey
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