bunny

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English bune (hollow stalk or stem, drinking straw), from Old English bune (cup, beaker, drinking vessel; reed, cane), of unknown origin. Related to English bun, boon (the stalk of flax or hemp less the fibre), Scots bune, boon, been, see bun, boon. Compare also bunweed.

NounEdit

bunny (plural bunnies)

  1. (UK dialectal) A culvert or short covered drain connecting two ditches.
  2. (UK dialectal) A chine or gully formed by water running over the edge of a cliff; a wooded glen or small ravine opening through the cliff line to the sea.
  3. (UK dialectal) Any small drain or culvert.
  4. (UK dialectal) A brick arch or wooden bridge, covered with earth across a drawn or carriage in a water-meadow, just wide enough to allow a hay-wagon to pass over.
  5. (UK dialectal) A small pool of water.

Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English bony, boni (swelling, tumor), from Old French bugne, buigne (swelling, lump), from Old Frankish *bungjo (swelling, bump), from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô (lump, clump, heap, crowd). More at bunion, bunch.

Alternative formsEdit

  • bunney, bonie

NounEdit

bunny (plural bunnies)

  1. (UK dialectal) A swelling from a blow; a bump.
  2. (mining) A sudden enlargement or mass of ore, as opposed to a vein or lode.

Etymology 3Edit

From bun (rabbit) +‎ -y.

NounEdit

bunny (plural bunnies)

  1. A rabbit, especially a juvenile.
  2. A bunny girl: a nightclub waitress who wears a costume having rabbit ears and tail.
  3. (sports) In basketball, an easy shot (i.e., one right next to the bucket) that is missed.
  4. (South Africa) bunny chow; a snack of bread filled with curry
    • 2008, Steve Pike, Surfing South Africa (page 258)
      Surfers from Durban grew up on bunnies. You get the curry in the bread with the removed square chunk, used to dunk back in the curry.
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AdjectiveEdit

bunny (comparative more bunny, superlative most bunny)

  1. (not comparable) In skiing, easy or unchallenging.
    Let’s start on the bunny hill.
SynonymsEdit
  • (easy, unchallenging, of a slope): nursery

Etymology 4Edit

From bun (small breadroll) +‎ -y.

AdjectiveEdit

bunny (comparative more bunny, superlative most bunny)

  1. Resembling a bun
SynonymsEdit
  • (resembling a bun): bunlike
Last modified on 31 March 2014, at 15:26