Meaning of bunny in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbʌni/

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nounplural noun bunnies

  • 1

    (also bunny rabbit)
    informal A child's term for a rabbit.

    • ‘Think bunny rabbits, chocolates and Valentine Cards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The practice of keeping house rabbits started in the US where many bunnies are treated exactly the same as cats or dogs.’
    • ‘However, some travellers argue that, depending on the viewing angle, the rock looks more like the head of a bunny rabbit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My bunny, Pumpkin, is still not eating her carrots so I will have to take her to the vet: (.’
    • ‘A rabbit rescue centre is urging parents to beware of the ‘silly season’ and remember a bunny is not just for Easter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a lovely bunny and will be missed by us all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Whiplash is a truly comic experience, rare enough among today's video games, and brutalising a bunny is refreshing fun to begin with.’
    • ‘The card features a bunny holding a tube of toothpaste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He looked my poor bunny over and asked how long we'd had her.’
    1. 1.1A club hostess or waitress wearing a skimpy costume with ears and a tail suggestive of a rabbit.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inside is not at all what one expects of a club privée: no black laqueur, not a single tired bunny girl.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This may explain why I can't get to sleep now, though - my body now believes I am a club bunny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His usual entourage of bunny girls, see example, below, are expected to accompany him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Organisers flagged up the rally as fun, typified by the sight of a string of young blondes and brunettes dressed as bunny girls.’
      • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘It's a commonplace that actors are dumb bunnies when they start talking about politics.’
      • ‘So, like the brave little bunny I am, I took the day off and have mainly spent it vegetating and feeling sick.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Except I think it's wrong… if I didn't think that I'd probably be a very upset little bunny.’
      • ‘A few weeks away, and it's obvious why I've been such an unhappy bunny.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To punctuate this I was having to dash for the loos every 5 minutes - I was REALLY not a well bunny.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘I needed about 10 more lessons to keep up with the snow bunnies,.’
      • ‘Once stereotyped as a haven for twenty-something gym bunnies and bodybuilders, health clubs are now attracting a wider demographic spectrum.’
      • ‘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."’
      • ‘In the UK, 89 per cent of gym bunnies give their quadriceps a rest by driving to the gym, contributing to climate changing emissions.’
      • ‘You poor bunny-how's the conference going?’
      • ‘It was a Sunday afternoon, and Canadian beach bunnies had set up towels and umbrellas only inches apart, all along the strand.’
      • ‘She looks like a Los Angeles beach bunny (regulation blond hair, blue eyes, big smile).’
      • ‘It will all become clear, a PR bunny informed us.’
      • ‘Barclays' PR bunnies also told us that they were unwaware of any problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      person, human being, human, being, mortal, soul, creature, thing
  • 2Australian informal A victim or dupe.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘And, of course no more bunnies like Fosters with assets to sell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those party members in the House with him right now are a bunch of bunnies.’


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.