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The donkey or ass, Equus africanus asinus, is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E.

donkey n 1: the symbol of the Democratic Party; introduced in cartoons by Thomas Nast in 1874 2: domestic beast of burden descended from the African wild ass; patient but stubborn [syn: {domestic ass}, {Equus asinus}]

60 Moby Thesaurus words for "donkey": Boeotian, Rocky Mountain canary, ass, bigot, bitter-ender, block, bullethead, burro, clod, cuddy, dickey, diehard, dimwit, dogmatist, dolt, dope, dullard, dumb cluck, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fanatic, gowk, hardnose, intransigeant, intransigent, jack, jackass, jennet, jenny, jenny ass, jobbernowl, lackwit, lamebrain, last-ditcher, lightweight, looby, loon, maverick, mule, neddy, niais, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nitwit, noddy, perverse fool, pighead, positivist, purist, put, rocky, schmuck, standpat, standpatter, stickler, stupid, thickwit, witling

Donkey \Don"key\ (d[o^][ng]"k[y^]), n.; pl. {Donkeys} (d[o^][ng]"k[i^]z). [Prob. dun, in allusion to the color of the animal + a dim. termination.] 1. An ass; or (less frequently) a mule. [1913 Webster] 2. A stupid or obstinate fellow; an ass. [1913 Webster] {Donkey engine}, a small auxiliary engine not used for propelling, but for pumping water into the boilers, raising heavy weights, and like purposes. {Donkey pump}, a steam pump for feeding boilers, extinguishing fire, etc.; -- usually an auxiliary. {Donkey's eye} (Bot.), the large round seed of the {Mucuna pruriens}, a tropical leguminous plant. [1913 Webster]


A jackass is a male donkey.

jackass n 1: a man who is a stupid incompetent fool [syn: {fathead}, {goof}, {goofball}, {bozo}, {goose}, {cuckoo}, {twat}, {zany}] 2: male donkey [syn: {jack}]

31 Moby Thesaurus words for "jackass": Rocky Mountain canary, ass, born fool, buffoon, burro, clown, cuddy, dickey, donkey, doodle, egregious ass, figure of fun, fool, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jack, jennet, jenny, jenny ass, jerk, lunatic, milksop, mooncalf, neddy, nincompoop, perfect fool, schmuck, stupid ass, tomfool, zany

Jackass \Jack"ass`\, n. [2d jack + ass.] [1913 Webster] 1. The male ass; a donkey. [1913 Webster] 2. A conceited dolt; a perverse blockhead; -- disparaging and offensive. [1913 Webster] {Jackass bark} (Naut.), a three-masted vessel, with only the foremast square-rigged; a barkentine. {Jackass deer} (Zo["o]l.), the koba. {Jackass hare}, {Jackass rabbit} (Zo["o]l.). See {Jack rabbit}, under 2d {Jack}, n. {Jackass penguin} (Zo["o]l.), any species of penguin of the genus {Spheniscus}, of which several are known. One species ({Spheniscus demersus}) inhabits the islands near the Cape of Good Hope; another ({Spheniscus Magellanicus}) is found at the Falkland Islands. They make a noise like the braying of an ass; -- hence the name. {Laughing jackass}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Laughing}. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • donkey: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • donkey: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • donkey: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • jackass: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • jackass: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • jackass: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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