bunny

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English bune ‎(hollow stalk or stem, drinking straw), from Old English bune ‎(cup, beaker, drinking vessel; reed, cane), of unknown origin. Related to English bun, boon ‎(the stalk of flax or hemp less the fibre), Scots bune, boon, been, see bun, boon. Compare also bunweed.

Noun[edit]

bunny ‎(plural bunnies)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A culvert or short covered drain connecting two ditches.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A chine or gully formed by water running over the edge of a cliff; a wooded glen or small ravine opening through the cliff line to the sea.
  3. (Britain dialectal) Any small drain or culvert.
  4. (Britain dialectal) A brick arch or wooden bridge, covered with earth across a drawn or carriage in a water-meadow, just wide enough to allow a hay-wagon to pass over.
  5. (Britain dialectal) A small pool of water.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English bony, boni ‎(swelling, tumor), from Old French bugne, buigne ‎(swelling, lump), from Old Frankish *bungjo ‎(swelling, bump), from Proto-Germanic *bungô, *bunkô ‎(lump, clump, heap, crowd). More at bunion, bunch.

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Noun[edit]

bunny ‎(plural bunnies)

  1. (Britain dialectal) A swelling from a blow; a bump.
  2. (mining) A sudden enlargement or mass of ore, as opposed to a vein or lode.

Etymology 3[edit]

From bun ‎(rabbit) +‎ -y.

Noun[edit]

bunny ‎(plural bunnies)

  1. A rabbit, especially a juvenile.
  2. A bunny girl: a nightclub waitress who wears a costume having rabbit ears and tail.
  3. (sports) In basketball, an easy shot (i.e., one right next to the bucket) that is missed.
  4. (South Africa) bunny chow; a snack of bread filled with curry
    • 2008, Steve Pike, Surfing South Africa (page 258)
      Surfers from Durban grew up on bunnies. You get the curry in the bread with the removed square chunk, used to dunk back in the curry.
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Adjective[edit]

bunny ‎(comparative more bunny, superlative most bunny)

  1. (not comparable) In skiing, easy or unchallenging.
    Let’s start on the bunny hill.
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  • (easy, unchallenging, of a slope): nursery

Etymology 4[edit]

From bun ‎(small breadroll) +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

bunny ‎(comparative more bunny, superlative most bunny)

  1. Resembling a bun
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