Donkey meaning

dŏngkē, dông-
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A stubborn person.
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A domesticated ass.
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(nautical) A small auxiliary engine, also called donkey engine.
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The definition of a donkey is a hoofed mammal similar to a horse that has long ears and that brays, or is a foolish, stupid person, or is the symbol of the Democratic party.

Eeyore in Winnie the Pooh is an example of a cartoon donkey.

A person who makes a very stupid decision like an obvious lie or declining to do homework he knows the teacher will check is an example of a donkey.

An animal symbol used by the Democratic political party is an example of a donkey.

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The domesticated ass (Equus asinus), having long ears and a loud bray.
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(slang) An obstinate person.
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(slang) A stupid person.
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A person regarded as stupid, foolish, or obstinate.
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A domestic animal, Equus africanus asinus, similar to a horse.
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A fool.
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(poker slang) A bad poker player.
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Origin of donkey

  • Perhaps from the name Duncan or of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • The origin is uncertain. Originally a slang term. Perhaps from the name Duncan. Or from dun (“brownish grey colour”), with the ending added to rhyme with monkey.

    From Wiktionary