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bunny

[ buhn-ee ]
/ ˈbʌn i /
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noun, plural bun·nies.

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.

adjective

designed for or used by beginners in skiing: a bunny slope.

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Origin of bunny

1600–10, Americanism; dial. bun (tail of a) hare or rabbit, in Scots: buttocks (<Scots Gaelic bun bottom) + -y2
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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British Dictionary definitions for bunny

bunny
/ (ˈbʌnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

Also called: bunny rabbit a child's word for rabbit (def. 1)
Also called: bunny girl a night-club hostess whose costume includes rabbit-like tail and ears
Australian informal a mug; dupe
slang a devotee of a specified pastime or activitygym bunny; disco bunny
British slang talk, esp when inconsequential; chatter
not a happy bunny British slang deeply dissatisfied or discontented
C17: from Scottish Gaelic bun scut of a rabbit
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