resembling a jack rabbit, as in suddenness or rapidity of movement: The car made a jackrabbit start when the traffic light turned green.

verb (used without object)

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

Historical Examples of 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.

  • Didnt know but I might have a chance to shoot a jackrabbit or the like.

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