nounor jack rabbit
Any of several large, long-eared, long-legged hares of the genus Lepus.
intransitive verbjack·rab·bit·ed, jack·rab·bit·ing, jack·rab·bits
To move or begin to move rapidly or suddenly: “A rear tire blew out and the car jackrabbited out of control” ( Sonny Kleinfield )
Moving or beginning to move in a sudden, rapid manner: won the race with a jackrabbit start.
Origin of jackrabbitjack(ass) ( from its long ears ) rabbit
- Used attributively to describe a sudden, rapid movement
- His jackrabbit start helped him win the race.
(third-person singular simple present jackrabbits, present participle jackrabbiting, simple past and past participle jackrabbited)