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ˈdɒŋ ki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-don·key

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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


  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

  3. Origin: [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Donkey

    dong′ki, n. the ass.—ns. Don′key-en′gine, a small engine used in steam-vessels for loading and unloading, pumping water into the boilers, &c.; Don′key-pump, an extra steam-pump. [Still regarded as slang in 1823. Perh. = dun-ik-ie, a double dim. of dun, from its colour; or from Duncan, cf. Dicky.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Donkey

    An ass, from its dun colour.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of donkey in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of donkey in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of donkey in a Sentence

  1. Portuguese Proverb:

    A doctor is a book-loaded donkey.

  2. Hilario Elizalde:

    The donkey is worth a lot, without these animals, we would be worthless.

  3. Lon Beale:

    It’s like going back in time 300 years, they’re still riding around in donkey carts.

  4. Jesse Duplantis:

    I really believe that if Jesus was physically on the earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Have you ever seen a donkey smelling a beautiful rose? Donkeys aren't interested in roses, they like thorn bushes or watermelon rinds!

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