• (British, America) enPR: răb'it, IPA: /ˈɹæbɪt/
  • (Australia, weak vowel) enPR: răb'ət, IPA: /ˈɹæbət/


  1. 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.
  2. (uncountable) The meat from this animal.
  3. (uncountable) The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
  4. 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.
  5. (cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
  6. (comptheory) 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.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Italian: lapin
Translations Verb

rabbit (rabbits, present participle rabbitting; past and past participle rabbitted)

  1. (intransitive) To hunt rabbits.
  2. (US, intransitive) To flee.
    The informant seemed skittish, as if he was about to rabbit.
Synonyms Verb

rabbit (rabbits, present participle rabbiting; past and past participle rabbited)

  1. (British, intransitive) To talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.
    Synonyms: rabbit on
    Stop your infernal rabbiting! Use proper words or nobody will listen to you!
Synonyms Verb
  1. confound; damn; drat

Proper noun
  1. The fourth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

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