donkey

Definitions

  • Hauling Big Logs by Donkey Engine
    Hauling Big Logs by Donkey Engine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n donkey domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn
    • n donkey the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Donkey Engine Yarding Donkey Engine Yarding
WHO HAS THE DONKEY'S EARS, NOW WHO HAS THE DONKEY'S EARS, NOW
THE DONKEY THE DONKEY
THE FAT LADY ON HER DONKEY THE FAT LADY ON HER DONKEY
The Boys Are Turned into Donkeys The Boys Are Turned into Donkeys
The Little Donkeys Are Sold The Little Donkeys Are Sold
The Donkey Rider Stopped The Donkey Rider Stopped
THE POTTER AND HIS DONKEY THE POTTER AND HIS DONKEY

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mules have one horse and one donkey for a parent
    • Donkey A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass.
    • Donkey An ass; or (less frequently) a mule.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Baby donkeys or baby mules are also known as "Foals."
    • n donkey An ass: a familiar term.
    • n donkey A stupid or obstinate and wrong-headed fellow.
    • n donkey In mech., a subsidiary apparatus for carrying a weight or load, or coming into action to steady and support a primary element.
    • n donkey A driving-frame or truck acting as a tractor on rails, to pull or haul a weight or load.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The placement of a donkey's eyes in its' head enables it to see all four feet at one time.
    • n Donkey dong′ki the ass
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Quotations

  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “If one man says to thee, Thou art a donkey, pay no heed. If two speak thus, purchase a saddle.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “Thus, by every device from the stick to the carrot, the emaciated Austrian donkey is made to pull the Nazi barrow up an ever-steepening hill.”

Idioms

Donkey work - Donkey work is any hard, boring work or task.
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Donkey's years - This idiom means 'a very long time'.
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For donkey's years - (UK) If people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey's years.
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In donkey's years - 'I haven't seen her in donkey's years.' - This means for a very long time.
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Talk the hind legs off a donkey - A person who is excessively or extremely talkative can talk the hind legs off a donkey.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Still regarded as slang in 1823. Perh. = dun-ik-ie, a double dim. of dun, from its colour; or from Duncan, cf. Dicky.

Usage

In literature:

I, myself, threw in the donkey winch as she forged ahead, and so broke out the anchor.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
After unharnessing her donkey and adjusting her person a little, she came and sat down by us.
"The Romany Rye A Sequel to 'Lavengro'" by George Borrow
Donkey rides seemed to provide a certain amount of amusement.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
Anything slower than that donkey Oswald has never known, and when it came to passing its own front door the donkey simply would not.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
Except small differences in size, the donkeys in different parts of the world are singularly alike.
"Domesticated Animals" by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
It is his finger that stirs the camels of Algeria, the donkeys of Palestine, the Nile boats of Egypt.
"Stray Studies from England and Italy" by John Richard Greene
A donkey was therefore got for him, and he rode up.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I roused the servant, and sent him off to make sure about the chair, cart, and donkeys.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth
A donkey who had carried sacks to the mill for his master a great many years became so weak that he could not work for a living any longer.
"The Book of Stories for the Storyteller" by Fanny E. Coe
The donkeys stood in a group and eyed the strangers with fear and trembling.
"The Road to Oz" by L. Frank Baum
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In poetry:

But none to me as I stand here
Between two countries, both-ways torn,
And moveless still, like Buridan's donkey
Between the water and the corn.
"On A Ruined Farm Near The 'His Master's Voice Gramophone Factory'" by George Orwell
A miller had three sons,
And, on his dying day,
He willed that all he owned should be
Shared by them in this way:
The mill to this, and the donkey to that,
And to the youngest only the cat.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
A Donkey, whose talent for burdens was wondrous,
So much that you'd swear he rejoic'd in a load,
One day had to jog under panniers so pond'rous,
That — down the poor Donkey fell smack on the road!
"The Donkey and His Panniers" by Thomas Moore
Now I am an old man with rings in my ears,
All too sad for laughter, all too wise for tears.
And the Spanish girl has left me, and the money's coming slow
And the little gray donkey he was lamed long ago.
""When I was a Tall Lad"" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
One driver (whom Ned might have "hail'd" as a "brother")
Had just been proclaiming his Donkey's renown
For vigour, for spirit, for one thing or another —
When, lo, 'mid his praises, the Donkey came down!
"The Donkey and His Panniers" by Thomas Moore
When I get to heaven where tinkers may be seen,
I'll wear a yellow kerchief and a coat of velveteen,
And out beyond the shining streets I'll take the road again
With a little gray donkey and a girl out of Spain.
""When I was a Tall Lad"" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall

In news:

Man accused of dragging donkey behind SUV.
DONKEY PUNCH BREWERY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION.
Three-year-old Lily Gosney, held by her father Paige, is a little unsure about these long-eared donkeys in a pen labelled kissing booth.
If the recent elections are any indication, there's a gorilla in the room that neither donkeys nor elephants want to tussle with.
People lead a donkey named "Mr. Donkey" to the National Electoral Council in hopes of registering him to run for a seat on the National Assembly in Guayaquil, Ecuador , Thursday, Nov 15 2012.
Isn't there just one donkey willing to call out the elephant in the room when.
Cougar kills emu , injures mini donkey.
You can order Elephant and Donkey cocktails at Lincoln Restaurant down by McPherson Square on Vermont NW.
Not a Dolphin's Tale, but AU's work on miniature donkey's leg tests future of equine prostheses (photos, video).
Transportation remains largely by foot, bicycle or donkey.
A Story of a Scared Chicken, Brave Donkeys and Hungry Foxes .
Fulton braves donkey basketball for student fundraiser.
Fulton braves donkey basketball for student fundraiser .
ISAF soldiers with the German Federal Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) pass by Afghan men on donkeys during a patrol in the mountains above Feyzabad, northern Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept 27, 2008.
' I said, 'A 6-foot-6 donkey wants to lead off .
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In science:

Here it is clearly brought out the only the Laws of Manu created the lowest castes and these caste people were made so due to intercaste marriages and these people must dwell outside the village and their wealth shall be dogs and donkeys (Chapter X, sloka 51).
Mathematical Analysis of the Problems faced by the People With Disabilities (PWDs)
To give an example, let us consider a donkey walking by itself in a field.
An Iterative Method for Constructing Equilibrium Phase Models of Stellar Systems
After some time the donkey can be anywhere in the field.
An Iterative Method for Constructing Equilibrium Phase Models of Stellar Systems
Now consider another donkey which we attach to a tree by a rope.
An Iterative Method for Constructing Equilibrium Phase Models of Stellar Systems
This donkey also walks in the field, but it will have to stay inside a circle of radius equal to the length of the rope.
An Iterative Method for Constructing Equilibrium Phase Models of Stellar Systems
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