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The origin is uncertain. Originally a slang term from 1785. Perhaps from the name Duncan; or from Middle English *donekie (a miniature dun horse), a double diminutive of Middle English don, dun, dunne (a name for a dun horse), equivalent to modern English 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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