A very cute rabbit.
An example of a rabbit is the Warner Bros. character Bugs Bunny and the Disney character Thumper.
- any of various swift, burrowing mammals (order Lagomorpha), smaller than most hares and characterized by soft fur, long ears, a stubby tail, and the bearing of naked young
- the fur of a rabbit
- loosely any hare
- Welsh rabbit
- Track & Field a runner who, early in the race, sets a fast pace, as to spur on teammates or exhaust a strong competitor
Origin of rabbitMiddle English rabette, young of the cony, probably ; from Middle French dialect, dialectal rabotte ; from Middle Dutch robbe, Flemish robbe
- to hunt rabbits
- Brit., Informal to talk continuously about unimportant matters; ramble: often with on
- Informal to depart quickly; escape; flee
nounpl. rab·bits or rabbit
- Any of various long-eared, short-tailed, burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, such as the commonly domesticated species Oryctolagus cuniculus, native to Europe and widely introduced elsewhere, or the cottontail of the Americas.
- A hare.
- The fur of a rabbit or hare.
- Sports a. A competitor who is designated to set a fast pace for a teammate during a long-distance race.b. A racehorse that is run at a fast pace early in a race in order to tire the favorite so that another horse can take the lead.c. A mechanical decoy that is propelled around the track in a greyhound race to incite the dogs.
intransitive verbrab·bit·ed, rab·bit·ing, rab·bits
Origin of rabbitMiddle English rabet, young rabbit, probably from Old French, from Middle Dutch robbe, rabbit.
- A mammal of the family Leporidae, with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail.
- The pioneers survived by eating the small game they could get; rabbits, squirrels and occasionally a raccoon.
- The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
- A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter.
- (cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
(third-person singular simple present rabbits, present participle rabbitting or rabbiting, simple past and past participle rabbitted or rabbited)
From Middle English rabet, from Middle French dialect (compare French dialect rabbotte, rabouillet (“baby rabbit")), from Walloon robÃ¨te, diminutive of Middle Dutch robbe (“rabbit; seal") (compare Dutch rob (“rabbit"), rob (“seal")), from Middle Low German robbe (“seal") (compare dialectal Low German Rubb, Robb, German Robbe (“seal")), from rubben (“ro rub"). More at rub.
(third-person singular simple present rabbits, present participle rabbiting, simple past and past participle rabbited)
From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk.