Definition of donkey noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdɒŋki//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɔːŋki//
, NAmE//ˈdɑːŋki//
Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
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  • an animal of the horse family, with short legs and long ears. People ride donkeys or use them to carry heavy loads. See related entries: Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
  • Word Originlate 18th cent. (originally pronounced to rhyme with monkey): perhaps from dun, or from the name Duncan.Idioms (British English, informal) a very long time We've known each other for donkey's years. I met him once, but that was donkey’s years ago. See related entries: Farm animals
    talk the hind leg off a donkey
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    (informal) to talk too much, especially about boring or unimportant things
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: donkey