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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

don•keyˈdɒŋ ki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-(n.; adj.)(pl.)-keys

  1. (n.)a domesticated ass

    Equus asinus.

    Category: Mammals

  2. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.

  3. (adj.)auxiliary:

    donkey engine; donkey pump.

    Category: Machinery

Origin of donkey:

1775–85; perh. alter. of Dunkey, hypocoristic form of Duncan, man's name

Princeton's WordNet

  1. donkey(noun)

    the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874

  2. domestic ass, donkey, Equus asinus(noun)

    domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. donkey(noun)ˈdɒŋ ki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-

    a horse-like animal with long ears


  1. donkey(Noun)

    A domestic animal, Equus asinus, similar to a horse.

  2. donkey(Noun)

    A stubborn person.

  3. donkey(Noun)

    A fool.

  4. donkey(Noun)

    A small auxiliary engine, also called donkey engine.

  5. donkey(Noun)

    A bad poker player.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Donkey(noun)

    an ass; or (less frequently) a mule

  2. Donkey(noun)

    a stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass


  1. Donkey

    The donkey or ass, Equus africanus asinus, is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years. There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mostly in underdeveloped countries, where they are used principally as draught or pack animals. Working donkeys are often associated with those living at or below subsistence levels. Small numbers of donkeys are kept for breeding or as pets in developed countries. A male donkey or ass is called a jack, a female a jenny or jennet; a young donkey is a foal. Jack donkeys are often used to produce mules. Asses were first domesticated around 3000 BC, or 4000 BC, probably in Egypt or Mesopotamia, and have spread around the world. They continue to fill important roles in many places today. While domesticated species are increasing in numbers, the African wild ass and another relative, the Onager, are endangered. As beasts of burden and companions, asses and donkeys have worked together with humans for millennia.

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a domesticated animal with long ears related to the horse but smaller.

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