An example of a rabbit is the Warner Bros. character Bugs Bunny and the Disney character Thumper.
Other Word Forms
Origin of rabbit
- Middle English rabet young rabbit probably from Old French from Middle Dutch robbe rabbit
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English rabet, from Middle French dialect (compare French dialect rabbotte, rabouillet (“baby rabbit")), from Walloon robète, 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.
- From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk.