Definition of Donkey

1. Noun. The symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874.

Generic synonyms: Allegory, Emblem

2. Noun. Domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn.
Exact synonyms: Domestic Ass, Equus Asinus
Group relationships: Equus, Genus Equus
Generic synonyms: Ass
Specialized synonyms: Burro, Moke

Definition of Donkey

1. n. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule.

Definition of Donkey

1. Noun. A domestic animal, Equus asinus, similar to a horse. ¹

2. Noun. A stubborn person. ¹

3. Noun. A fool. ¹

4. Noun. (nautical) A small auxiliary engine, also called ''donkey engine''. ¹

5. Noun. (poker slang) A bad poker player. ¹

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Definition of Donkey

1. the domestic ass [n -KEYS]

Medical Definition of Donkey

1. Origin: Prob. Dun, in allusion to the colour of the animal + a dim. Termination. 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass. Donkey engine, a small auxiliary engine not used for propelling, but for pumping water into the boilers, raising heavy weights, and like purposes. Donkey pump, a steam pump for feeding boilers, extinguishing fire, etc.; usually an auxiliary. Donkey's eye, the large round seed of the Mucuna pruriens, a tropical leguminous plant. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Donkey

donk bet
donk bets
donk betting
donkey (current term)
donkey's ears
donkey's years
donkey bid
donkey boiler
donkey cart
donkey ears
donkey engine

Literary usage of Donkey

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"THE MAN, THE BOY, AND THE donkey A MAN and his son were once going with their donkey to market. As they were walking along by its side a countryman passed ..."

2. Buddhist Legends by Buddhaghoṣa (1921)
"While he was engaged in disposing of his wares, he allowed the donkey to run ... As the donkey wandered along the bank of a ditch, he saw a female of his ..."

3. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Who stole the donkey t This was for many years a jeer against policemen. When the force was first established a donkey was stolen, but the police failed to ..."

4. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages: Classified Subjectively and by Robert Christy (1887)
"He that is a donkey and believes himself a deer finds out his mistake at the ... If you cannot drive an ox drive a donkey. 3. My donkey is dead ; let no ..."

5. The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore by Thomas Moore (1910)
"THE donkey AND HIS PANNIERS A FABLE Parce UH ... A donkey, whose talent for burdens was wondrous, So much that you'd swear he rejoic'd in a load, ..."

6. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1888)
"The cleverest rider may well feel fear, And cling to the neck, or hold on by the ear, Of the Irrepressible donkey. This mischievous "moke" is an awkward And ..."

7. Teach Me More Italian by Judy Mahoney (1999)
"Me donkey fast, me donkey slow, Me donkey come and me donkey go. Me donkey fast, me donkey slow, Me donkey come and me donkey go. ..."

8. School Reading by Grades: First[-eighth] Year by James Baldwin (1897)
"So he put the Boy on the donkey, and they started again on their journey. 3. ... He rides on the donkey, and makes his poor old father walk behind." 4. ..."

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