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noun, plural bun·nies.
  1. Informal. a rabbit, especially a small or young one.
  2. 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.
  3. Chiefly British. a squirrel.
  4. Australian and New Zealand Slang. a person imposed upon or made a fool of; victim.
  1. 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.
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Contemporary Examples of bunnies

Historical Examples of bunnies

  • She was having trouble with the bunnies' ears when Dr. Blake came up.

    Glory of Youth

    Temple Bailey

  • He was quite certain he had brought down one of the bunnies.

    The Rover Boys on a Hunt

    Arthur M. Winfield (Edward Stratemeyer)

  • Una smiled at a lively photograph of two bunnies in a basket.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • She did not glance at the picture of the bunnies in a basket.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • It only requires long ears to change the pussy-willows into bunnies.

British Dictionary definitions for bunnies


noun plural -nies
  1. Also called: bunny rabbit a child's word for rabbit (def. 1)
  2. Also called: bunny girl a night-club hostess whose costume includes rabbit-like tail and ears
  3. Australian informal a mug; dupe
  4. slang a devotee of a specified pastime or activitygym bunny; disco bunny
  5. British slang talk, esp when inconsequential; chatter
  6. not a happy bunny British slang deeply dissatisfied or discontented

Word Origin for bunny

C17: from Scottish Gaelic bun scut of a rabbit
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Word Origin and History for bunnies



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.

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