donkey

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdɒŋki/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdɑŋki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(dongkē, dông-, dung-)


Inflections of 'donkey' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": donkeys

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
don•key /ˈdɑŋki, ˈdɔŋ-, ˈdʌŋ-/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -keys. 
  1. Mammalsa long-eared domesticated mammal related to the horse:Donkeys are better than horses on mountain trails.
  2. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
don•key  (dongkē, dông-, dung-),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -keys, adj. 
n. 
  1. Mammalsthe domestic ass, Equus asinus.
  2. Government(since 1874) a representation of this animal as the emblem of the U.S. Democratic party.
  3. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.
  4. Furniture, Buildinga woodworking apparatus consisting of a clamping frame and saw, used for cutting marquetry veneers.

adj. 
  1. Mechanical Engineering[Mach.]auxiliary:donkey engine;donkey pump;donkey boiler.
  • perh. alteration of Dunkey, hypocoristic form of Duncan, man's name 1775–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
donkey /ˈdɒŋkɪ/ n

  1. Also called: ass a long-eared domesticated member of the horse family (Equidae), descended from the African wild ass (Equus asinus)
  2. a stupid or stubborn person
  3. talk the hind leg(s) off a donkeyto talk endlessly
Etymology: 18th Century: perhaps from dun dark + -key, as in monkey
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