bunny boiler

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Inspired by a scene in the 1987 film Fatal Attraction where a scorned woman (played by Glenn Close), seeking revenge on her ex-lover (played by Michael Douglas), places his beloved family pet in a pot of boiling water when he is away from the house.

Its first known appearance in print was on December 6, 1990, when the Dallas Morning News reported on a Ladies' Home Journal interview with Glenn Close and introduced it by referring to her erstwhile character as a "bunny-boiler." The phrase appeared in print with increasing frequency beginning in 1994.

Noun[edit]

bunny boiler (plural bunny boilers)

  1. (pejorative) An obsessive and dangerous former lover who stalks the person who spurned them.
  2. An excessively obsessive girlfriend (or less commonly, boyfriend), especially one who reacts in an extreme way to the ending of a relationship.

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