Bunny-boiler definition

(pejorative) An obsessive and dangerous former lover who stalks the person who spurned them.
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An excessively obsessive girlfriend (less commonly, boyfriend), especially one who reacts in an extreme way to the ending of a relationship.
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Noun

Singular:
bunny-boiler
Plural:
bunny-boilers

Origin of bunny-boiler

  • Its first known appearance in print was on December 6, 1990, when the Dallas Morning News reported on a Ladies' Home Journal interview with Glenn Close and introduced it by referring to her erstwhile character as a "bunny-boiler." The phrase appeared in print with increasing frequency beginning in 1994.

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  • Inspired by a scene in the 1987 film Fatal Attraction where a scorned woman (played by Glenn Close), seeking revenge on her ex-lover (played by Michael Douglas), places his beloved family pet in a pot of boiling water when he is away from the house.

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