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  • IPA(key): /ˈwæ.bɪt/
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -æbɪt

Etymology 1[edit]

Scots wabbit, ultimate origin uncertain.


wabbit (comparative more wabbit, superlative most wabbit)

  1. (Scotland) Exhausted, tired.

Etymology 2[edit]

Representing pronunciation of rabbit by children and some adults who have trouble saying the English r (the cartoon character Elmer Fudd is a caricature of the latter). Computing sense refers to the ability of rabbits to multiply quickly.


wabbit (plural wabbits)

  1. (humorous, childish, pronunciation spelling) A rabbit.
  2. (computing) A self-replicating computer process that (unlike a virus or worm) does not infect host programs or documents and remains on the local computer rather than spreading across networks of computers. [from 1974]
    Coordinate term: fork bomb
    • 2002, Philip E. N. Howard, “Hacktivism”, in Steve Jones, editor, Encyclopedia of New Media, SAGE Publications, →ISBN, page 216:
      For example, a hacker might write a quine virus program that generates complete copies of itself as part of its output, a worm virus program that reproduces itself across a network, or a wabbit virus program designed to perpetually duplicate itself, at least until the system crashes. In contrast to the wabbit's slow growth, a fork bomb quickly generates multiple copies itself.

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wabbit (comparative mair wabbit, superlative maist wabbit)

  1. exhausted; without energy; tired; worn-out