1. (US campus) a notably religious student.
|College Words (rev. edn) 165: At Washington College, Penn., students of a religious character are vulgarly called donkeys.|
2. a sailor’s trunk for storing clothes.
|Life of Adventure I 26: In my chest or ‘donkey,’ were deposited oilskins, ‘sou’-westers,’ sea-boots [...] sufficient to last, he assured me, for a two-years’ cruise .|
3. (US) a working-class Irish person.
|Racket Act II: Those donkeys’re too busy fightin’ among ’emselves to vote.|
|Brain Guy (1937) 137: ‘That donkey’s watching us.’ ‘I can lick any mick alive.’.|
|Blackboard Jungle 236: Do you think O’Brien or Erin like being called micks or donkeys?|
|Carlito’s Way 51: Get yourself five outfits — the works, look like a boss [...] a donkey boss.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 372: ‘He’s a donkey, just like me.’ ‘A donkey?’ ‘An Irishman.’.|
|(con. 1973) Johnny Porno 337: My old man said I had two choices this life. Work the docks, be another donkey, or I clould be a cop.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘You’ve been doing that Irish brooding thing, you dumbass donkey’.|
4. attrib. use of sense 2.
|Man’s Grim Justice 41: He was clever, while Rose and I were a couple of donkey pikers.|
|The Force [ebook] ‘So if you fuck around with me, you donkey asshole, I’ll send you to a federal supermax’.|
5. a manual labourer.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 72: donkey A railway section hand.|
6. a (large) penis; usu. used by implication in combs. below.
|[||‘John & Mary’s Donkey race’ in Gentleman’s Private Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 372: She caress’d donkey once again, / And then he went the faster].|
|[||Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 28 June n.p.: There is a donkey in human form that amuses himself and a few young ladies [...] by the indecent exposure of his person].|
|Queens’ Vernacular 211: large cock [...] donkey.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 249: Luis whipped it out [...] His dick was divertingly donkeyesque.‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in|
|Night Gardener 9: You been gettin any hay for your donkey?|
|Widespread Panic 21: ‘Donkey Don is the eighth wonder of the world’.|
7. (N.Z. prison) a front-man employed by a smuggler to sell drugs or other contraband.
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] : donkey n. one who is employed to deal drugs or stolen goods. His employer acquires the contraband and gives it to the donkey to sell. The employer takes the money from the donkey's sales, and if a deal goes wrong, it is the donkey who is either attacked or arrested, leaving the employer unharmed and unsuspected .|
8. (N.Z. prison) a prison-made weapon made by putting a poolball into a sock.
|Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] : donkey n. 4 a weapon made from a pool ball in a sock.|
possessing a very large penis.
|My Secret Life (1966) VII 1422: [chapter heading] The donkey-hung one. — His letches.|
a notably large penis.
|My Secret Life (1966) VII 1429: Just then Sarah met the man with the donkey prick.|
in possession of a notably large penis.
|5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 211: having more than seven inches of cock [...] donkey-rigged.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 328/1: late C.19–20.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: donkey rigged adj. Possessing a large penis.|
anything excellent, admirable, first-rate.
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: dog’s bollocks euph. Bees knees; donkey’s knob.|
(Aus.) the act of lighting a new cigarette from the lighted tip of another; also as v.
|Holding the Man [internet] When my cigarette was down to the butt I took out another and did a donkey root.|
|That’s Unusual 221: Gary: How about an Escort? Kath: Oh, donkey root? Yes, I read somewhere, Gary, that the more I smoke, the smaller the baby’ll be.|
|My Life in Shorts [ebook] Halfway through, at the turn, Ed would donkey root the one from behind the ear off the lit butt and head to the judge in a cloud of smoke.|
|in Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms.|
(US) sexual intercourse.
|Bad Boy Boogie [ebook] I went back for one last taste of hay for the donkey, and you know what? She asked for me.|
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 99: There was queers in there [...] They’d be pulling their donkeys all night, beating their meat.|
SE in slang uses
(Aus.) a pickpocket.
|World of Living Dead (1969) 129: The ‘donkey-dipper’ is another kind of pick-pocket. He works alone, and his methods are to grip, to rip, and to run.|
a euph. for bullshit n.
|X Bar Boys on the Ranch 2: Aw, donkey-dust! Who do you think you are — Methuselah?|
|Story 89: What are you trying to give us? [...] what kind of donkey dust is that?|
|Man Who Was Not With It (1965) 285: Donkeydust, eh? Ain’t that what all women are? All wives?|
|Spy Government 160: The notion [...] that every story is carefully ‘checked out’ in order fairly to present all sides is also donkey-dust blown from the Fourth Estate corral.|
|Portrait of Love 137: Too bad he’s so fulla donkey dust about art.|
|🌐 They argue; if we don’t import our students from offshore, America will lose its technological leadership. Donkey dust!‘Today’s Immigrant – Tomorrow’s Victim’ in Amer. Engineer May III:3|
|Moonshadow 17: ‘Donkey dust!’ I screamed in his face before stomping off. [...] ‘Here I am, trying to maintain a professoional demeanor and your contribution is donkey dust!’.|
|Law of Attraction 6: I’m here to tell you that these ideas are donkey dust!|
see separate entries.
(W.I.) an inflated price, one only a fool would pay.
|in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
(US) a formal banquet.
|Look of Eagles 15: Have made special arrangements for you to be guest of honor at a Donkey Roast to be held on the night of your arrival.|
|N.Y. Post 31 Dec. 3: [The] benefit party at $100 a ticket [...] promises to be a real fine donkey roast [W&F].|
|New Yorker Nov. 🌐 I recently attended a local Democratic Party affair, called a ‘Donkey Roast,’ at which I received an award for ‘Putting Amarillo on the Map.’.|
|‘Puns of the Weak’ at UGA Humor List 28 Dec. 🌐 Are you going to the donkey roast tonight. It should be a lot of fun. Everyone gets a piece of ass.|
see coon’s age under coon n.
1. (Aus./US) a straw palliasse.
|Party Papers (House of Commons) 63 17: Many a man comes on board without a monkey -jacket or a change of clothing in his chest; he brings under his arm a mattress stuffed with a donkey’s breakfast; throws it into his bunk; goes to sleep upon it.|
|All About Ships 7: One straw bed, commonly known among sailors as a donkey’s breakfast.|
|1st 10 Years of a Sailor’s Life 158: You had your ‘donkey’s breakfast’ (i.e., straw bed), two blankets, a rug, and a nice clean hammock to lash them up in.|
|Fore & Aft 5: A mattress, which he called a ‘donkey’s breakfast’ from its being filled with straw.|
|Coburg Leader (Vic.) 12 Oct. 4/4: Clansee looked well in his donkey’s breakfast Saturday.|
|Moran of the Lady Letty 41: Kitchell showed him his bunk with it’s ‘donkey’s breakfast’.|
|On the Anzac Trail 7: We slept on the usual ‘donkey’s breakfast,’ of course, but it isn’t the worst bed to sleep on.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 81: Donkey’s Breakfast: A straw mattress.|
|Tramp-Royal on the Toby 210: The mattress, a typical ‘donkey’s breakfast,’ stuffed with crackly straw.|
|Love me Sailor 165: I sent a hand to get my donkey’s breakfast. We rolled the old man on it.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Shanties from the Seven Seas 593: Donkey. ‘Donkey’s breakfast’, the name of the straw palliasse on which a seaman slept.|
|(con. 1920s–30s) Sinking of the Kenbane Head 18: Each carrying the long seaman’s bag over one shoulder and with their mattresses under the other arm. Known as the ‘donkey’s breakfast’.|
|(con. 1930s) Shawlies, Echo Boys, the Marsh and the Lanes 152: My wages were three pound fifteen a month. Out of that, I had to feed myself and clothe myself and have my donkey’s breakfast on my back – that’s what you call the bundle of straw you used for a bed.|
2. a straw hat.
|Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 33: Even in Canada a straw hat is called ‘the donkey’s breakfast’.|
|Materials for a Dict. of Aus. Sl. [unpub. ms.] 104: A straw hat a few years ago was known as a donkey’s breakfast. The cry to the wearer was ‘Ba, ba, who shook/stole the donkey’s breakfast?’.|
|Sun. Times (Perth) 24 Sept. 4/8: As stated, the youths have straw hats-donkey’s breakfasts, as they are called.|
|Sport (Adelaide) 3 Apr. 5/2: Bill S looks like Oscar Asche in his new donkey’s breakfast .|
|‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiv 4/3: donkey’s breakfast: A straw hat.|
|Mighty Men on Horseback 35: He wore a hat which was something between a cheap ‘donkey’s breakfast’ straw and a top price imported panama.|
|Lily on the Dustbin 106: The school-uniform hats of today bear little resemblance to the ‘donkey’s breakfasts’ of bygone times.|
a false collar; a detachable shirt-collar with long points.
|Modern Flash Dict.|
|Flash Mirror 18: He has got such a slap up assortment of dickies, donky’s ears, frills, fogles, wipes, neck quids, warm poultices for the winter [etc].|
|Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.|
(US black) a complete mess, a farcical situation.
|Way Past Cool 258: You think that, then we best just call down this whole goddam donkey show right here an now, man!|
(Aus.) to defeat easily.
|Sun-Herald (Sydney) 30 Sept. 65: Hawthorn donkey-walloped Essendon in last year’s one-sided grand final by 83 points [GAW4].|
|Will Our Children Ever Know Peace 273: I realised Norman had to be donkey deep in it, as there was nobody else who could pull the strings.|
a large vagina.
|🌐 forget rap go learn to be a back up dancer, trick / with ur pu$$y slacker than a donkey’s yawn / from all those years of doing honkey porn.posting 29 Jun. on RapChoice at ezboard.com|
(N.Z.) immersed in, up to one’s neck in.
|Chronicle NZEF 2 Aug. 12: The T.M.’s are donkey-deep in cricket [DNZE].|
|Transport Workers’ Song Bk 67: I’m ‘donkey-deep’ in fractions / Since I got the ha’p’ny rise / I’m on the ‘skin’ in decimals, And my brain is all afire / To try and make the increase spread [DNZE].|
|White’s Aviation (NZ) 1-2 2/2: MacLaren [...] became donkey-deep in that job again while secretary Ralph Stedman was on active service.|
|Joy of the Worm 146: According to Scripture he was wallowing donkey deep in sin.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 65: donkey deep Enthusiastic participation, eg, ‘MP Rodney Hide dives into any perks debate in Parliament donkey deep.’ Early C20.|
a phr. shouted after anyone wearing a white hat, and the reply is ‘The man in the white hat’.
|Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 3 Sept. n.p.: The universal shout of [...] ‘‘whole stole the donkey? ’ ‘The man with the white hat’.|
|Garret van Horn 26: In particular was I amused by a large fat man in a white hat among the constables, who, it seemed, had at some period of his life purloined an ass, for one mischievous urchin was constantly shouting, ‘Who stole the donkey?’ and another would reply, ‘The man in the white hat’.|
|, ,||Sl. Dict. 123: I am unable to explain the phrase, but any one wearing a white hat, whether in town or country, is shouted after invariably by the street urchins, ‘Who stole the donkey?’ to which another in the gang replies, ‘The man in the white hat,’ and they then disperse.|
|Letters by an Odd Boy 192: Another boy [...] being out of the reach of that young gentleman’s hand and foot, said or sung, or rather shouted, ‘Who stole the donkey?’.|
|Sporting Times 3 Aug. 3, col. 5: Who stole the donkey? The man with the white hat! This was a very popular street colloquy some years ago [F&H].|
|Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 33: Who stole the donkey’s dinner?Answer. ‘Him with the straw brimmer.’.|