- any rodentlike mammal of the genus Lepus, of the family Leporidae, having long ears, a divided upper lip, and long hind limbs adapted for leaping.
- any of the larger species of this genus, as distinguished from certain of the smaller ones known as rabbits.
- any of various similar animals of the same family.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Lepus.
- the player pursued in the game of hare and hounds.
- Chiefly British. to run fast.
Origin of hare
Examples from the Web for hare
Contemporary Examples of hare
The Krishna Movement stresses continual silent chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra in order to keep the mind focused on God.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
The pheasant calls for Pommard, while songbirds and hare lend themselves to aged Bordeaux or a light Gevrey.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Her support for the Countryside Alliance did see her plead guilty to attending a hare coursing event in 2007.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
But the hare finds a solution with the perfect Christmas gift.The Seven Most Heartwarming Ads of 2013
December 22, 2013
There was a line that really jumped out at me in The Hare With the Amber Eyes.The Writer and the Potter: Edmund De Waal on his New York Debut
September 12, 2013
Historical Examples of hare
When hare soup is made in this last manner, omit using the blood.
Stuff the body of the hare with this force-meat, and sew it up.
The dogs started a hare, and pursued it into a dense thicket.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
We were going to seize him, but he broke away and darted like a hare into the shrubs.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
May not this hare of the Indian mythology be the moon-dog of some of our own legends?Storyology
- any solitary leporid mammal of the genus Lepus, such as L. europaeus (European hare). Hares are larger than rabbits, having longer ears and legs, and live in shallow nests (forms)Related adjective: leporine
- make a hare of someone Irish informal to defeat someone completely
- run with the hare and hunt with the hounds to be on good terms with both sides
- (intr; often foll by off, after, etc) British informal to go or run fast or wildly
Word Origin for hare
- Sir David. born 1947, British dramatist and theatre director: his plays include Plenty (1978), Pravda (with Howard Brenton, 1985), The Secret Rapture (1989), Racing Demon (1990), The Permanent Way (2003), and Stuff Happens (2004)
- William. 19th century, Irish murderer and bodysnatcher: associate of William Burke
- a member of a Dene Native Canadian people of northern Canada
Word Origin for Hare
Old English hara "hare," from West Germanic *hasan- (cf. Old Frisian hasa, Middle Dutch haese, Dutch haas, Old High German haso, German Hase), possibly with a sense of "gray" (cf. Old English hasu, Old High German hasan "gray"), from PIE *kas- "gray" (cf. Latin canus "white, gray, gray-haired"). Perhaps cognate with Sanskrit sasah, Afghan soe, Welsh ceinach "hare." Rabbits burrow in the ground; hares do not. Hare-lip is from 1560s.
þou hast a crokyd tunge heldyng wyth hownd and wyth hare. ["Jacob's Well," c.1440]
see mad as a hatter (March hare); run with (the hare).