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Donkey

Don′key

(dŏṉ′ky̆)
,
Noun.
;
pl.
Donkeys
(dŏṉ′kĭz)
.
[Prob.
dun
, in allusion to the color 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
(Bot.)
,
the large round seed of the
Mucuna pruriens
, a tropical leguminous plant.

Definition 2021


donkey

donkey

English

Noun

A donkey.

donkey (plural donkeys)

  1. A domestic animal, Equus africanus asinus, similar to a horse.
  2. A stubborn person.
  3. A fool.
  4. (nautical) A small auxiliary engine, also called donkey engine.
  5. (poker slang) A bad poker player.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:stubborn person

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External links

  • donkey” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • donkey” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.