Definition of bunny in English:



  • 1A child's term for a rabbit.

    • ‘The practice of keeping house rabbits started in the US where many bunnies are treated exactly the same as cats or dogs.’
    • ‘We can do this, says the book, since it has already been done to a fluffy bunny rabbit somewhere deep in a secret underground laboratory.’
    • ‘To help keep him warm, he nearly always wore a cap: a black velour beret, a red-and-white striped cotton cap, a white and pale blue cotton knit hat with bunnies.’
    • ‘Police were bemused when they found the bunny, which they dubbed Hoppy, on a roadside verge in Manchester and decided to take him into custody.’
    • ‘However, some travellers argue that, depending on the viewing angle, the rock looks more like the head of a bunny rabbit.’
    • ‘Easter bunnies, mad March hares and a tonne of daffodils, chicks and eggs all of them made an appearance on this year's traditional Easter bonnets.’
    • ‘Now the bunny has licence to roam all over the flat and even has his very own Chateaux Lapin: a rabbit castle, complete with turrets.’
    • ‘My bunny, Pumpkin, is still not eating her carrots so I will have to take her to the vet: (.’
    • ‘One day, the bunny was hopping through the forest, and the snake was slithering through the forest, when the bunny tripped over the snake and fell down.’
    • ‘Blue is the colour, according to top rabbit breeder Lew Bevan, whose rare blue-eyed white bunnies are attracting enthusiasts from all over the world.’
    • ‘Whiplash is a truly comic experience, rare enough among today's video games, and brutalising a bunny is refreshing fun to begin with.’
    • ‘Traffic wardens in Eccles caused a national outcry when they hit Bugsy the bunny with a £60 penalty charge as he snuffled around in his cage.’
    • ‘Cotton Tails cares for around 40 bunnies needing new homes at its headquarters in Westbury, but has a further 100 queuing up to be admitted.’
    • ‘No sooner had Beccy and I finished our meals, mum popped her head around the door, and with an evil little smile exclaimed ‘Ha, ha, you two just ate a bunny rabbit’.’
    • ‘He looked my poor bunny over and asked how long we'd had her.’
    • ‘He was a lovely bunny and will be missed by us all.’
    • ‘Think bunny rabbits, chocolates and Valentine Cards.’
    • ‘The card features a bunny holding a tube of toothpaste.’
    • ‘This is the law of the blue bunny rabbit: If the author doesn't care what happens to the blue bunny, the kid won't care what happens to the blue bunny.’
    • ‘A rabbit rescue centre is urging parents to beware of the ‘silly season’ and remember a bunny is not just for Easter.’
    1. 1.1 A club hostess or waitress wearing a skimpy costume with ears and a tail suggestive of a rabbit.
      • ‘Last month, it was revealed that he was selling a Playboy stationery range targeted at children, featuring the infamous bunny girl logo of the adult magazine.’
      • ‘Carr's script is gloriously silly and the cast of five have as much fun as the audience - I particularly liked the Greek chorus that offers Quinn in all her incarnations, including that of bunny girl.’
      • ‘Marchers were led by Banwen Miners Hunt and a line of more than a dozen bunny girls, who later staged a naked protest and rushed into the icy-cold sea to whoops of delight from campaigners.’
      • ‘Inside is not at all what one expects of a club privée: no black laqueur, not a single tired bunny girl.’
      • ‘The cute bunny girl brought him meals several times a day-cycle, but she was always accompanied by another armed crewmember.’
      • ‘His new love was Sara Lowndes, a former Playboy bunny girl whom he married in 1965, although his obsession with privacy prevented them being photographed together.’
      • ‘The bar staff dressed as bunny girls and collection buckets on the bar grew fuller and fuller as people paid for drinks with notes and freely threw in their change.’
      • ‘In 1969-at the tender age of 19 - Ross became one of the UK's very first bunny girls, hand-picked by the maestro Hugh Hefner himself.’
      • ‘Organisers flagged up the rally as fun, typified by the sight of a string of young blondes and brunettes dressed as bunny girls.’
      • ‘Also, in honor of Statia's secret career as a bunny waitress I've made her an honorary Acerbia-girl for the time being.’
      • ‘Early on they were offended by her image, not least when she posed in bunny costume for the cover of Playboy in 1978.’
      • ‘Prior to that, my boxing experience had been limited to a few jaunts in the 1970s from the dance floor at Tramps or the Playboy Club, where I was a bunny girl.’
      • ‘Blessed with good looks, an easy Irish charm and more than a touch of arrogance, he wooed and won over almost every woman he met: from bunny girls to arch-feminist Germaine Greer.’
      • ‘Now if a redesigned Playboy bunny suit is not another contributor to the general darkness, well, then I'm a… well, not a monkey's uncle, but a Playboy bunny girl - and I can assure you that I never was one.’
      • ‘His usual entourage of bunny girls, see example, below, are expected to accompany him.’
      • ‘Not being on hand to inject a little passion or enthusiasm into her girl, the performance is left entirely up to Diane - and, dressed like a bunny girl in a wine bar at lunchtime, she's already way out of her comfort zone.’
      • ‘Born in Manchester, she started her working life as a bunny girl, went on to run pubs and spent nine years training with leading American relationships expert Chuck Spezzano, author of If It Hurts, It Isn't Love.’
      • ‘The bar staff had dressed up as bunny girls and the men had done a spud crawl round six pubs carrying a 56 lb sack of potatoes to boost the total.’
      • ‘This may explain why I can't get to sleep now, though - my body now believes I am a club bunny.’
      • ‘And then the hunt supporters began their march, headed by the scantily clad women - there supposedly to convey the message that you can chase bunny girls but not real rabbits, but perhaps also to catch the eye of tabloid photographers.’
    2. 1.2with adjective A person of a specified type or in a specified mood.
      ‘athletes and gym bunnies are rarely seen without a source of fluid close at hand’
      • ‘In the UK, 89 per cent of gym bunnies give their quadriceps a rest by driving to the gym, contributing to climate changing emissions.’
      • ‘She looks like a Los Angeles beach bunny (regulation blond hair, blue eyes, big smile).’
      • ‘Barclays' PR bunnies also told us that they were unwaware of any problems.’
      • ‘Once stereotyped as a haven for twenty-something gym bunnies and bodybuilders, health clubs are now attracting a wider demographic spectrum.’
      • ‘Except I think it's wrong… if I didn't think that I'd probably be a very upset little bunny.’
      • ‘Skiers and snowboarders at all levels can revel in snow and apres-ski fun; kids can have a go in ski school or try snow tubing; and the Snowies has always been a mecca for snow bunnies!’
      • ‘If I've got 20-30 pages open, which is by no means unusual, then I'm going to be a deeply sad bunny if they all just vanish with a thud.’
      • ‘But being the optimistic little bunny I am, I didn't let it get me down.’
      • ‘It's a commonplace that actors are dumb bunnies when they start talking about politics.’
      • ‘To punctuate this I was having to dash for the loos every 5 minutes - I was REALLY not a well bunny.’
      • ‘So, like the brave little bunny I am, I took the day off and have mainly spent it vegetating and feeling sick.’
      • ‘A few weeks away, and it's obvious why I've been such an unhappy bunny.’
      • ‘Being an optimistic bunny, I really hope that the mayor will come forward with a transport strategy that does not prioritise car drivers at the expense of everyone else.’
      • ‘It will all become clear, a PR bunny informed us.’
      • ‘Here, four cool retreats where you can explore the season's best activities and get a little R & R, whether you're a snow bunny, a spa bunny - or both!’
      • ‘I must just be an odd bunny, it appears that i alone in the world am happy talking to people regardless of looks, age, sex or race.’
      • ‘I needed about 10 more lessons to keep up with the snow bunnies,.’
      • ‘It was a Sunday afternoon, and Canadian beach bunnies had set up towels and umbrellas only inches apart, all along the strand.’
      • ‘You poor bunny-how's the conference going?’
      • ‘The friends joked about how jaded they had become regarding the dating scene in West Hollywood, which they found to be filled with "celebrity wannabes" and "shallow gym bunnies."’
      person, human being, human, being, mortal, soul, creature, thing
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  • 2Australian A victim or dupe.

    • ‘Coles would have appeared, or did someone think it was worth getting the bunnies at Coles Myer all panicked by introducing Newbridge into the equation?’
    • ‘Those party members in the House with him right now are a bunch of bunnies.’
    • ‘By doing that one can find that investment is easy, and that all the bunnies who invested off shore just did not know how to do it.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, at this stage it is going down well with the bunnies, despite warnings such a move will make the health insurance industry less viable - and what is not spelled out directly yet, result in still higher premiums.’
    • ‘And, of course no more bunnies like Fosters with assets to sell.’


Early 17th century (originally used as a term of endearment to a person, later as a pet name for a rabbit): from dialect bun ‘squirrel, rabbit’, also used as a term of endearment, of unknown origin. bunny (sense 2 of the noun) dates from the early 20th century.