1. in sexual contexts.
(a) the vagina.
|[||Percy Cuck-Queanes 26: Some hauing espide a Bunnes neast, in the windowe].|
|in Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 325: Old must Maids that have Money, / Although no Teeth in their Heads; / Must have a Bit for their Bunny, / To pleasure them in their beds.|
|‘My Little Bunny’ in Frisky Vocalist 25: It’s a gem, I declare, all cover’d with hair, / And soft is the touch of my Bunny.|
|‘A Wife’s Appetite’ in Cuckold’s Nest 43: The morn they were wed the maid said to her bunny, / To-night you shall make poor old Roger feel funny.|
(b) a sexually attractive young woman; also of young homosexual men.
|‘Song’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy II 44: My Juggy, my Puggy, / My Hony, my Bunny, / My Love, my Dove, my Dear.|
|‘Bee-Hive’ in Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) I 307: Such power hath my tripping Doe, my little pretty Bunny / That many would their Lives forego, to play but with her C--ny.|
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|Time 17 Aug. 25: Tired of being used only as secretaries and bed bunnies, the female members of Germany’s student S.D.S. staged a walkout.|
|Further Tales of the City (1984) 153: [of men] As soon as this dust gets washed off, all the little disco bunnies will emerge.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 116: Sardu asks these two leather bunnies to paste him across the backside with a bullwhip.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 5: Bunny: A young female.|
|Indep. on Sun. Real Life 16 Jan. 8: You won’t be the first fashion bunny to ask for a [...] biker jacket.|
(c) (US black) a promiscuous woman, whose habits emulate the preoccupations of rabbits.
|Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].|
(d) (US) a male or female homosexual prostitute.
|Anecdota Americana II 7: Bunny was unfortunate enough to be arrested for sucking a cock.|
|J. 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.|
(e) a sanitary towel.
|DSUE (8th edn) 158/2: since ca. 1920.|
(f) (US) the buttocks, the anus.
|Dead End Act III: Go on now, or yuh git dis mickey...red hot...up yuh bunny!|
2. (US campus) rarebit.
|Harvard Stories 102: ‘Aha,’ cried Stoughton, who was stirring the ‘bunny’ with a master hand. [...] While they were eating the rarebit, a step was heard in the entry.|
3. from stereotypes of the animal.
(a) (orig. US/Aus.) a fool, a simpleton.
|Hard-Boiled Detective (1977) 96: They put Kennedy on the dramatic page [...] and what does the bunny do one night but get tight and go and review a play at the Channock Theatre. [...] He writes next day that it’s a lousy show.‘Take It and Like It’ in Ruhm|
|Foveaux 176: She’ll be with a guy, not just a bunny anyone would pick up.|
|These Are My People (1957) 73: A good spieler can pick his man [...] the bunny that wants something for nothing.|
|World So Wide 1: It’s his cluck of a wife that really gets me down [...] always criticizing some poor bunny.|
|Bobbin Up (1961) 247: We’re only the poor old unskilled mugs. The bunnies!|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 64: Bunny. Somebody’s victim.|
|Ridgey-Didge Oz Jack Lang 19: Bunny Victim of a trick.|
|How to Shoot Friends 87: The rest of the gang [...] were only bunnies in Hetzel’s treacherous game.|
|Walking With Ghosts (2000) 182: Don’t be a bunny.|
(b) (Aus.) a scapegoat.
|G’DAY 113: Shane has really come a gutzer. Enzo and Aaron have skipped bail and left Shane to be the bunny.|
(c) a poor player of a sport.
|Lingo 147: A bunny is also a cricketing term for a poor batsman.|
(d) (US black) a weakling.
|Westsiders 130: Why you bunnies scheme and try / To fuck with hustlers from this side?|
4. rabbit fur, as used for making garments; thus the garments themselves.
|Wilkes-Barre Time-Leader (PA) 16 Dec. 9/2: [advert] You’ve Still Time to Choose a Bunny Coat for the Little Theatre Play Tonight!|
|Big Spring Dly Herald (TX) 15 Sept. 22/2: Irene wore a dark fur coat that Eve admired. ‘It’s really dyed bunny,’ the other admitted.|
|Hartford Courant (CT) 28 Jan. 5/2: [caption] Pink taffeta with self ruching and a bunny coat [...] Her heart was set on a fur jacket — short, chunky, white and rabbity.|
|Salt Lake Trib. (UT) Sun. Morn. 11 Aug. 8/2: An actress [...] has to look prosperous [...] though she only owns a coupe and a bunny coat.|
|Through a Glass Darkly (1951) 44: Girls in wolf or bunny that looked almost like fox or ermine giving goodnight to artless youths.|
|Star Press (Muncie, IN) 26 July 7/1: Furs favored for the head warmers: Shaggy red fox, civet cat, and dyed bunny.|
|Jrnl News (White Plains, NY) People 22 Sept. C1/1: Michelle Mulligan, 3, says, ‘I want a bunny coat’ [...] The bunny coat she refers to is a natural rabbit fur.|
(S.Afr. gay) a homophobic male who beats up gay men.
|Gayle 59/2: bunny bashers n. homophobic heterosexual males who go about beating up gay men • bunny bashing, the act of beating up gays.|
(S.Afr.) a male homosexual.
|Gayle 59/2: bunny boys n. teenage male prostitutes [Johannesburg, 1930s].|
|Acid Alex 170: This fucking ou is talking about massages and I skiem oh-oh! – Bunny Boy!|
(Aus.) a gullible fool; used derog. for a country person.
|Maryborough Chron. (Qld) 5 Feb. 12/5: To me old hulk you’re grim and funny, / I’ve got you capp’d, /Let traffic slide, you old bush bunny, / Go and get scrapp’d!|
|Newcastle Sun (NSW) 3 Feb. 3/3: Dick said: ‘Somebody has been talking and If I don’t do some talking I’ll be left to carry the lot. I was only a bush bunny’.|
|Lithgow Mercury (NSW) 30 June 2/3: We are not nincompoops, bush-bunnies of Gunns Gullies. We are reasonable men.|
|Northern Champion (Taree, NSW) 17 June 4/6: When remarks about ‘bush bunnies’ and ‘city slickers’ were ignored, Trevor Martin caught Edwards by the chin and swung his head around. Edwards stood up and Martin knocked him into a corner of the kitchen.|
(US) an affectionate, passionate or sexually alluring young woman.
|[||Muskogee Times-Democrat (OK) 1 Mar. 6/3: [headline] ‘Cuddle Bunny’ Is Late Design. Her Drawings of Round-faced Youngsters Are Miniature Replicas of Herself].|
|Common Sense May 147: They aren’t professional bad girls, these ‘victory girls’ and ‘cuddle bunnies’ who raise the truancy rate in high school, go uniform hunting in every railroad station, wandering arm-in-arm down Main Street late at night looking for pick-ups.|
|,||(ref. to 1940–50) DAS.|
|Star Press (Muncie, IN) 14 Jan. 18/3: Capricorn [...] Some people may not realize that you’re really a cuddle bunny.|
(US) a woman who frequents ski resorts to solicit rather than to ski; orig. used of any skier.
|[||Dly Inter Lake (Kalispell, MT) 30 Sept. 1/2: She is a member of the Whitefish Ski Club [...] ‘Well, you might call me a ski bunny [...] But really I can barely stand up on skis’].|
|Current Sl. V:4 9: Bunny, n. An attractive female skier.|
|Joe Bob Goes to the Drive-In 129: It’s about this brown-haired ski bunny named Tracy Bregman.|
|Skin Tight 152: Don’t ever put your ski bunny’s plane tickets on American Express.|
(US) a woman who associates with surfers.
|Ottawa Jrnl 27 July 44/8: The kookie craze that’s sending teenagers off the deep end is surfin’...and now it has its own lingo [...] Surf Bunnies: Surfer’s girl friends.|
|Esquire July 44–45: surf bunny—a girl who chums with surfers.|
|Sweet Ride 16: A lanky blond surfbunny went past us.|
|L.A. Times 13 Sept. K5/2: Surfer [magazine] [...] with its candid stories, gritty language [and] bare-breasted surf bunnies.|
|Honolulu Star-Bulletin (HI) 8 Oct. B-4/3: Whoa, surf buinnies and surf buddies, hold on to your baggies.|
|Human Torpedo 45: You won’t expect me to sit on the beach like some dumb adoring surf-chick, will you?|
|‘Sweet Agony’ Ch. 25 on Dark Water [Internet] For almost a year she had been a member of that group of girls that follow their men to the beach and wait for them to return from the sea, poised on beach mats wearing the skimpiest of bikinis, never going near the water lest it wash away an eyelash. A surf bunny; cute, sexy companion to a carefree seeker of the perfect wave.|
|Asbury Press (NJ) On the Run 11 Jan. 4/2: Sherpa iPod lists, which begat the half-naked-surf-bunny-of-the-month covers .|
see under carrot n.
SE in slang uses
an unstable woman.
|Cincinnati Enquirer (CT) 7 Dec. C-2/4: There’s nothing like portraying a psychopathic bunny boiler to boost one’s self esteem. Glenn Close tells Ladies Home Journal [etc].|
|Miseducation of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (2004) 120: ‘She’s practically stalking me. Rings my phone all the time.’ [...] JP goes, ‘Bunny-boiler, huh?’.|
|Daily Mail 8 July [headline] My cheating husband Rod, ten bags of manure and me the bunny-boiler.|
|Times 21 Aug. [Internet] When Sarah Williams, 35, was convicted last week of murdering her former lover’s partner in a chillingly premeditated attack, one description frequently attached to her in the press was ‘bunny boiler’ [...] we were supposed to get an instant picture of what Williams was like: highly sexed, obsessive, unpredictable and violent.|
(Aus.) a cheap fur muff.
|Laverton Mercury (WA) 31 Oct. 3/7: Cheap fur muffs, for example, are known as ‘bunny-hugs,’ through a suspicion that the ‘fur’ originally adorned the back of a rabbit.|
an environmentalist, esp. an anti-blood sport campaigner; thus bunny-hugging adj.
|Detroit Free Press 2 May 7H/2: A bunny hugger offers a misguided love for animals rather than a passionate interest that comes from respect.|
|Native Tongue 116: One of those damn bunny-huggers [...] Anti this and anti that.|
|Indep. Rev. 18 May 5: These useless bunny-huggers are egged on by the BBC.|
|in On the Run (2007) 32: Some lavender-lipped, bunny-hugging mooncalf went snivelling to the Constitutional Court.|
|BBC World News 10 June [Internet] I think there is a difference between conservationism and [...] being a bunny-hugger.on|