rabbit

[ rab-it ]
/ ˈræb ɪt /

noun, plural rab·bits, (especially collectively) rab·bit for 1–3.

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.
any of various small hares.
the fur of a rabbit or hare, often processed to imitate another fur.
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.
British Informal. a person who is poor at sports, especially golf, tennis, or cricket.

Nearby words

  1. rabbinics,
  2. rabbinism,
  3. rabbinist,
  4. rabbinite,
  5. rabbinitic,
  6. rabbit ball,
  7. rabbit ears,
  8. rabbit eye,
  9. rabbit fever,
  10. rabbit food

Idioms

    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

Related formsrab·bit·like, rab·bit·y, adjective

Can be confusedrabbet rabbit rarebit rebate

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Examples from the Web for rabbity

  • His cheeks were getting flushed and his eyes were large and rabbity.

  • Ask any one who has shot in the rabbity fields of southern New Jersey.

    The Face of the Fields|Dallas Lore Sharp
  • Randolph relentlessly stalked another of the rabbity creatures.

  • As soon as he had his camera and lantern, we went cautiously to the rabbity side of the woods; several ran past us.

    Wild Animals at Home|Ernest Thompson Seton


British Dictionary definitions for rabbity

rabbit

/ (ˈræbɪt) /

noun plural -bits or -bit

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
the fur of such an animal
British informal a novice or poor performer at a game or sport

verb

(intr) to hunt or shoot rabbits
(intr ; often foll by on or away) British informal to talk inconsequentially; chatter

Word Origin for 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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Word Origin and History for rabbity

rabbit

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with rabbity

rabbit

see pull (a rabbit) out of a hat.

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