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A rabbit (sense 1).

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Pronunciation

  • AHD: (UK, US) răb'it, (Australia) răb'ət
  • IPA: (UK, US) /ˈræbɪt/, (Australia) /ˈræbət/
  • SAMPA: (UK, US) /"r{bIt/, (Australia) /"r{b@t/
  • Rhymes: -æbɪt
  • Homophones: rabbet

Etymology 1

From Northern French.

Noun

Singular
rabbit

Plural
{{{1}}}

rabbit ({{{1}}})
  1. Several small mammals of the family Leporidae (rabbits and hares), with long ears, long hind legs and a short, fluffy tail. Confusingly, jackrabbit is a hare.
    The pioneers survived by eating the small game they could get; rabbits, squirrels and occasionally a raccoon.
  2. The fur of a rabbit typically used to imitate another animal's fur.
  3. 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.
  4. (cricket) A very poor batsman; selected as a bowler or wicket-keeper.
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Verb

Infinitive
to rabbit

Third person singular
rabbits

Simple past
rabbitted or rabbited

Past participle
-

Present participle
rabbitting or rabbiting

to rabbit (third-person singular simple present rabbits, present participle rabbitting or rabbiting, simple past and past participle rabbitted or rabbited)
  1. (intransitive) To hunt rabbits.
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Etymology 2

From Cockney rhyming slang rabbit and pork, to talk.

Verb

Infinitive
to rabbit

Third person singular
rabbits

Simple past
rabbitted

Past participle
-

Present participle
rabbitting

to rabbit (third-person singular simple present rabbits, present participle rabbitting, simple past and past participle rabbitted)
  1. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) to talk incessantly and in a childish manner; to babble annoyingly.
    Stop your infernal rabbiting! Use proper words or nobody will listen to you!
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