You all know what a donkey is right? If not, I’ll tell you…​​

A donkey is a domesticated mammal with hooves and is a member of the horse family. A donkey is smaller than a horse and has longer ears. They are used to help carry loads.


The word ‘donkey’ can be used as a mild insult for a stupid person.

e.g. The new apprentice is such a donkey, who employed him again?

donkey idioms and sayings

Here’s some idioms and expressions about donkeys.

  • donkey work
    meaning – the hard/boring work
    example – Once all the donkey work is out of the way, we can relax a bit.
  • donkey’s years
    meaning – many years
    example – I haven’t been to Scotland for donkey’s years.
  • talk the hind leg off a donkey
    meaning – someone who talks a lot/for a long time
    example – I hate Andrew’s meetings, they last hours. That man could talk the hind leg off a donkey.

donkey idioms and sayings with pictures

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with donkeys.

Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.​

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