- resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement: The car made a jackrabbit start when the traffic light turned green.
- to go or start forward with a rapid, sudden movement.
Origin of jackrabbit
First recorded in 1925–30; see origin at jack rabbit
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Examples from the Web for jackrabbit
I'm going to put him down an abandoned shaft of the Jackrabbit.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
This man I'm talking to has no more authority than a jackrabbit, and he knows it.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
Like Kenny said, you couldn't hide a jackrabbit in dune country.Border, Breed Nor Birth
Dallas McCord Reynolds
Only a greyhound or other long-legged dog can beat a jackrabbit running.The Bobbsey Twins at Cedar Camp
Laura Lee Hope
Didnt know but I might have a chance to shoot a jackrabbit or the like.Ruth Fielding In the Saddle
Alice B. Emerson
Word Origin and History for jackrabbit
1863, American English, shortening of jackass-rabbit (1851), so called for its long ears. Proverbial for bursts of speed (up to 45 mph).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper