donkey

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Etymology[edit]

The origin is uncertain. Originally a slang term from 1785. Perhaps from the name Duncan; or from dun ‎(brownish grey colour) +‎ -ock ‎(diminutive suffix) +‎ -ie ‎(diminutive suffix). Compare dunnock.

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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.

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