noun, plural rab·bits, (especially collectively) rab·bit for 1–3.
Origin of rabbit
Definition for rabbit (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for rabbit
With Big Eyes a lot of people, myself included, were glad to see you emerge from the rabbit hole that is the CG world.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel|Marlow Stern|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He eventually brings his wife and children over, and later he manages a hen and rabbit farm.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography|Michael Signer|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He weighed only 185 pounds, but he had killer instincts and rabbit quickness and the stamina of a mule.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Because when my rabbit died he was like, “Want a new rabbit?”
He wanted to get rid of that rabbit, but the kids wanted it, so it stayed.
Henri had a thought, perhaps, of the rabbit's foot that Schneider carried.Our Young Aeroplane Scouts in Germany|Horace Porter
There the precise punctures of a rabbit track dotted the level snow of the woods.The Secret of the Storm Country|Grace Miller White
Thus one aims at, say, a rabbit; what he wants is to shoot straight: a certain kind of activity.Democracy and Education|John Dewey
If a rabbit cross their path, they will turn round to change their luck.The Iron Furnace|John H. Aughey
Because he likes better to do his duty, and be praised for it, than to eat the rabbit, dearly as he longs to eat it.Madam How and Lady Why|Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for rabbit
noun plural -bits or -bit
Word Origin for rabbit
Word Origin and History for rabbit
late 14c., "young of the coney," from French dialect (cf. Walloon robète), diminutive of Flemish or Middle Dutch robbe "rabbit," of unknown origin. "A Germanic noun with a French suffix" [Liberman]. The adult was a coney (q.v.) until 18c.
Zoologically speaking, there are no native rabbits in the United States; they are all hares. But the early colonists, for some unknown reason, dropped the word hare out of their vocabulary, and it is rarely heard in American speech to this day. When it appears it is almost always applied to the so-called Belgian hare, which, curiously enough, is not a hare at all, but a true rabbit. [Mencken, "The American Language"]
Rabbit punch "chop on the back of the neck" so called from resemblance to a gamekeeper's method of dispatching an injured rabbit. Pulling rabbits from a hat as a conjurer's trick recorded by 1843. Rabbit's foot "good luck charm" first attested 1879, in U.S. Southern black culture. Earlier references are to its use as a tool to apply cosmetic powders.
[N]ear one of them was the dressing-room of the principal danseuse of the establishment, who was at the time of the rising of the curtain consulting a mirror in regard to the effect produced by the application of a rouge-laden rabbit's foot to her cheeks, and whose toilet we must remark, passim, was not entirely completed. ["New York Musical Review and Gazette," Nov. 29, 1856]
Rabbit ears "dipole television antenna" is from 1950. Grose's 1788 "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue" has "RABBIT CATCHER. A midwife."
Idioms and Phrases with rabbit
see pull (a rabbit) out of a hat.