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noun,plural rab·bits, (especially collectively) rab·bit for 1-3.
  1. any of several soft-furred, large-eared, rodentlike burrowing mammals of the family Leporidae, allied with the hares and pikas in the order Lagomorpha, having a divided upper lip and long hind legs, usually smaller than the hares and mainly distinguished from them by bearing blind and furless young in nests rather than fully developed young in the open.

  2. any of various small hares.

  1. the fur of a rabbit or hare, often processed to imitate another fur.

  2. a runner in a distance race whose goal is chiefly to set a fast pace, either to exhaust a particular rival so that a teammate can win or to help another entrant break a record; pacesetter.

  3. British Informal. a person who is poor at sports, especially golf, tennis, or cricket.

Idioms about rabbit

  1. pull a rabbit out of the hat, to find or obtain a sudden solution to a problem: Unless somebody pulls a rabbit out of the hat by next week, we'll be bankrupt.

Origin of rabbit

1375–1425; late Middle English rabet(te) young rabbit, bunny, probably <Old North French; compare Walloon robett,dialectal Dutch robbe

Other words from rabbit

  • rab·bit·like, rab·bit·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for rabbit


/ (ˈræbɪt) /

nounplural -bits or -bit
  1. any of various common gregarious burrowing leporid mammals, esp Oryctolagus cuniculus of Europe and North Africa and the cottontail of America. They are closely related and similar to hares but are smaller and have shorter ears

  2. the fur of such an animal

  1. British informal a novice or poor performer at a game or sport

  1. (intr) to hunt or shoot rabbits

  2. (intr ; often foll by on or away) British informal to talk inconsequentially; chatter

Origin of rabbit

(senses 1-4) C14: perhaps from Walloon robett, diminutive of Flemish robbe rabbit, of obscure origin (sense 5) C20: from rhyming slang rabbit and pork talk

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see pull (a rabbit) out of a hat.

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