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[buhn-ee] /ˈbʌn i/
noun, plural bunnies.
Informal. a rabbit, especially a small or young one.
Slang: Sometimes Disparaging and Offensive. a pretty, appealing, or alluring young woman, often one ostensibly engaged in a sport or similar activity:
beach bunny; ski bunny.
Chiefly British. a squirrel.
Australian and New Zealand Slang. a person imposed upon or made a fool of; victim.
designed for or used by beginners in skiing:
a bunny slope.
Origin of bunny
1600-10, Americanism; dial. bun (tail of a) hare or rabbit, in Scots: buttocks (< Scots Gaelic bun bottom) + -y2
Usage note
The meaning “pretty woman” is sometimes used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting. For instance, a beach bunny is an alluring female who frequents the beach only to meet male surfers. But bunny was originally (and still is) used as a term of endearment for a girl or young woman. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bunny
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  • It isn't a bunny Hug or Tango, or anything distracting for lookers-on.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • For the moment she had forgotten Nelly's offences, and only remembered that she had been bunny's friend.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • He had sent home a beautiful mug of beaten silver for bunny.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • Presently the luncheon-hour was over and bunny had been carried off for his afternoon's outing.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • She was not going to see bunny and his mother again, not for a long time at least.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
British Dictionary definitions for bunny


noun (pl) -nies
Also called bunny rabbit a child's word for rabbit (sense 1)
Also called bunny girl. a night-club hostess whose costume includes rabbit-like tail and ears
(Austral, informal) a mug; dupe
(slang) a devotee of a specified pastime or activity: gym bunny, disco bunny
(Brit, slang) talk, esp when inconsequential; chatter
(Brit, slang) not a happy bunny, deeply dissatisfied or discontented
Word Origin
C17: from Scottish Gaelic bun scut of a rabbit
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bunny

1680s, diminutive of Scottish dialectal bun, pet name for "rabbit," previously (1580s) for "squirrel," and also a term of endearment for a young attractive woman or child (c.1600). Ultimately it could be from Scottish bun "tail of a hare" (1530s), or from French bon, or from a Scandinavian source. The Playboy Club hostess sense is from 1960. The Bunny Hug (1912), along with the foxtrot and the Wilson glide, were among the popular/scandalous dances of the ragtime era.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bunny



  1. Welsh rabbit (1900s+ Students)
  2. A habitually puzzled or victimized person: She is always criticizing some poor bunny (1920s+)
  3. Any young woman, esp a pert and attractive one (1600s+)
  4. A young woman who associates with the men in some exciting, daring, or otherwise glamorous activity, sometimes as a participant; groupie: to eliminate any chance that newsroom chauvinists could tag her as an electronic bunny (1960s+)
  5. A prostitute who serves his or her own sex (1950s+ Homosexuals)
  6. A layup shot (1970s+ Basketball)

Related Terms

beach bunny, cuddle-bunny, dumb bunny, dust kitty, gunbunny, jungle-bunny, play snuggle-bunnies, quick like a bunny, sex kitten, ski bunny

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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