- (UK, US) enPR: răb'it, IPA(key): /ˈɹæbɪt/
Audio ('a rabbit') (UK) (file) Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -æbɪt
- (General Australian, weak vowel merger) enPR: răb'ət, IPA(key): /ˈɹæbət/
- Homophone: rabbet
From Middle English rabet, from Middle French dialect (compare French dialect rabbotte, rabouillet (“baby rabbit”)), from Walloon robète, diminutive of Middle Dutch robbe (“rabbit; seal”) (compare Dutch rob (“rabbit”), rob (“seal [sea mammal]”)), from Middle Low German robbe (“seal”) (compare dialectal Low German Rubb, Robb, German Robbe (“seal”)), from rubben (“to rub”). More at rub.
rabbit (plural rabbits)
- A mammal of the family Leporidae, with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail.
- The pioneers survived by eating the small game they could get: rabbits, squirrels and occasionally a raccoon.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], “The Old Punt: A Curious ‘Turnpike’”, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175, pages 19–20:
- Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
- The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
- A runner in a distance race whose goal is mainly to set the pace, either to tire a specific rival so that a teammate can win or to help another break a record; a pacesetter.
- (cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
- (computing theory) A large element at the beginning of a list of items to be bubble sorted, and thus tending to be quickly swapped into its correct position. Compare turtle.
- bunny (hypocoristic, colloquial, pet name)
- bunny rabbit (hypocoristic, colloquial, pet name)
- coney, cony (dialect)
- (intransitive) To hunt rabbits.
- (US, intransitive) To flee.
- The informant seemed skittish, as if he was about to rabbit.
- (Britain, intransitive) To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.
- Stop your infernal rabbiting! Use proper words or nobody will listen to you!
- Commonly used in the form "to rabbit on"