Green’s Dictionary of Slang

donkey n.

[the donkey is used as a working animal, plus its supposedly large appendage]

1. (US campus) a notably religious student.

[US]B.H. Hall 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.

[UK]W. Stamer 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.

[US]B. Cormack Racket Act II: Those donkeys’re too busy fightin’ among ’emselves to vote.
[US]B. Appel Brain Guy (1937) 137: ‘That donkey’s watching us.’ ‘I can lick any mick alive.’.
[US]E. Hunter Blackboard Jungle 236: Do you think O’Brien or Erin like being called micks or donkeys?
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 51: Get yourself five outfits — the works, look like a boss [...] a donkey boss.
[US]T. Wolfe Bonfire of the Vanities 372: ‘He’s a donkey, just like me.’ ‘A donkey?’ ‘An Irishman.’.
[US](con. 1973) C. Stella 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.
[US]D. Winslow The Force [ebook] ‘You’ve been doing that Irish brooding thing, you dumbass donkey’.

4. attrib. use of sense 2.

[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 41: He was clever, while Rose and I were a couple of donkey pikers.
[US]D. Winslow 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.

[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 72: donkey A railway section hand.

6. a (large) penis; usu. used by implication in combs. below.

[[UK]‘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].
[[US]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].
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 211: large cock [...] donkey.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hollywood Fuck Pad’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 249: Luis whipped it out [...] His dick was divertingly donkeyesque.
[US]G. Pelecanos Night Gardener 9: You been gettin any hay for your donkey?
[US]J. Ellroy 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.

[NZ]D. Looser 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.

[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] : donkey n. 4 a weapon made from a pool ball in a sock.

In compounds

donkey-hung (adj.)

possessing a very large penis.

[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) VII 1422: [chapter heading] The donkey-hung one. — His letches.

In phrases

donkey root (n.)

(Aus.) the act of lighting a new cigarette from the lighted tip of another; also as v.

T. Conigrave Holding the Man [internet] When my cigarette was down to the butt I took out another and did a donkey root.
Ridley & Turner 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.
[Aus]‘H.G. Nelson’ 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.
hay for the donkey (n.)

(US) sexual intercourse.

[US]T. Pluck Bad Boy Boogie [ebook] I went back for one last taste of hay for the donkey, and you know what? She asked for me.
pull one’s donkey (v.)

to masturbate.

[US]R. Campbell 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

In compounds

donkey dipper (n.)

(Aus.) a pickpocket.

[Aus]V. Marshall 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.
donkey dust (n.) [SE dust, rubbish]

a euph. for bullshit n.

J.C. Ferris 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?
[US]H. Gold Man Who Was Not With It (1965) 285: Donkeydust, eh? Ain’t that what all women are? All wives?
O.V. Garrison 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.
J. Nobile Portrait of Love 137: Too bad he’s so fulla donkey dust about art.
R.F. Tax ‘Today’s Immigrant – Tomorrow’s Victim’ in Amer. Engineer May III:3 🌐 They argue; if we don’t import our students from offshore, America will lose its technological leadership. Donkey dust!
R.R. Wells 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!’.
M. Hansbury Law of Attraction 6: I’m here to tell you that these ideas are donkey dust!
donkey lick

see separate entries.

donkey roast (n.) [? link to the US Democratic Party’s mascot, the donkey]

(US) a formal banquet.

J.T. Godfrey 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.
[US]N.Y. Post 31 Dec. 3: [The] benefit party at $100 a ticket [...] promises to be a real fine donkey roast [W&F].
[US]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.
donkey’s breakfast (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.
C. Chapman All About Ships 7: One straw bed, commonly known among sailors as a donkey’s breakfast.
C. Chapman 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.
R.B. Dixon Fore & Aft 5: A mattress, which he called a ‘donkey’s breakfast’ from its being filled with straw.
[Aus]Coburg Leader (Vic.) 12 Oct. 4/4: Clansee looked well in his donkey’s breakfast Saturday.
[US]F. Norris Moran of the Lady Letty 41: Kitchell showed him his bunk with it’s ‘donkey’s breakfast’.
[NZ]‘Anzac’ 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.
[UK](con. WWI) Fraser & Gibbons Soldier and Sailor Words 81: Donkey’s Breakfast: A straw mattress.
[UK]M. Marshall Tramp-Royal on the Toby 210: The mattress, a typical ‘donkey’s breakfast,’ stuffed with crackly straw.
[Aus]R.S. Close Love me Sailor 165: I sent a hand to get my donkey’s breakfast. We rolled the old man on it.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[UK]S. Hugill Shanties from the Seven Seas 593: Donkey. ‘Donkey’s breakfast’, the name of the straw palliasse on which a seaman slept.
[Ire](con. 1920s–30s) S. McAughtry 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’.
[Ire](con. 1930s) M. Verdon 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.

[UK]G.F. Northall Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 33: Even in Canada a straw hat is called ‘the donkey’s breakfast’.
[Aus]Stephens & O’Brien 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?’.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 24 Sept. 4/8: As stated, the youths have straw hats-donkey’s breakfasts, as they are called.
[Aus]Sport (Adelaide) 3 Apr. 5/2: Bill S looks like Oscar Asche in his new donkey’s breakfast .
[Aus] ‘Whisper All Aussie Dict.’ in Kings Cross Whisper (Sydney) xxxiv 4/3: donkey’s breakfast: A straw hat.
[Aus]T. Ronan 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.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 106: The school-uniform hats of today bear little resemblance to the ‘donkey’s breakfasts’ of bygone times.
donkey show (n.) [? a sex show involving a donkey and a woman]

(US black) a complete mess, a farcical situation.

[UK]J. Mowry Way Past Cool 258: You think that, then we best just call down this whole goddam donkey show right here an now, man!
donkey wallop (v.) [var. on donkey lick v.]

(Aus.) to defeat easily.

[Aus]Sun-Herald (Sydney) 30 Sept. 65: Hawthorn donkey-walloped Essendon in last year’s one-sided grand final by 83 points [GAW4].
T. Mcintyre 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.
donkey yawn (n.)

a large vagina.

Makaveli Don Killuminati posting 29 Jun. on RapChoice at 🌐 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.

In phrases

donkey-deep in [lit. or fig.]

(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].
‘The Mixer’ 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.
F. Sargeson Joy of the Worm 146: According to Scripture he was wallowing donkey deep in sin.
[NZ]McGill 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.
who stole the donkey? [certainly anecdotal, but Hotten (1864) is ‘unable to explain the phrase’]

a phr. shouted after anyone wearing a white hat, and the reply is ‘The man in the white hat’.

[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 3 Sept. n.p.: The universal shout of [...] ‘‘whole stole the donkey? ’ ‘The man with the white hat’.
J.S. Sauzade 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’.
[UK]Hotten 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.
[US]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?’.
[UK]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].
[UK]G.F. Northall Folk-Phrases of Four Counties 33: Who stole the donkey’s dinner?Answer. ‘Him with the straw brimmer.’.