Meaning of donkey

don•key

Pronunciation: (dong'kē, dông'-, dung'-), [key]
— n., pl. adj. -keys,
—n.
  1. the domestic ass, Equus asinus.
  2. (since 1874) a representation of this animal as the emblem of the U.S. Democratic party.
  3. a stupid, silly, or obstinate person.
  4. a woodworking apparatus consisting of a clamping frame and saw, used for cutting marquetry veneers.
—adj.
  1. auxiliary: donkey engine; donkey pump; donkey boiler.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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