Bunny vs Bunnie

Bunny is a noun that is interchangeable with the word rabbit.  It can be used alone or in conjunction with the word rabbit, as in bunny rabbit. Usually, bunny is a term used by small children in reference to a rabbit. It may also be used to describe a young rabbit.

Bunny may also describe a person of a specified type or in a certain mood, such as beach bunny, a person who enjoys time at the seaside, or a snow bunny, a person who enjoys skiing.

Bunnies is the plural form of bunny.


Bunnie is a woman’s name. It is usually a nickname for a woman whose name begins with the letter B, such as Beatrice or Barbara.


A stuffed bunny found at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax over the weekend has become an instant Twitter star. (NovaNews)

Not only does Dot, a tough little bunny in a red hoodie and hip sneakers, have to contend with the baby who appeared on the doorstep, her smitten parents won’t acknowledge the problem: He’s a wolf. (New York Times)

Chesterton and his hero St Francis went further than the methodic optimism of focusing on the flowers and bunny rabbits. (The Telegraph)

A “sexy snow bunny” protest by two supporters of the Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has been broken up by Russian authorities in the Sochi Olympic Village. (International Business Times)

From quizzical glances to almost-smiles, the bunnies are really delightful, but Arefin said the little rodents are more human than most people realise. (Mirror)

It would be an understatement to say that Bunnie Cregut looks forward to Christmas. (Rapid City Journal)



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  1. GoatGuy says:

    Maybe too un-PC to mention?That ‘{thing} Bunny’ is almost exclusively a reference to females!

    Snow-bunnies aren’t guys, folks. Neither are beach bunnies.

    In fact at least in America, ‘snow-bunny’ is rather derogatory as of 2015, referring to Caucasian women who are remarkably attractive and dating or married to men of the African phenotypical bent.

    Beach bunnies – as I recall, having lived ‘the Era’ – was just the female version of Beach Bûms, the whole group of people who frequented high-surf beaches, kind of scraping along, to spend the days surfing. The ‘bums’ were of course male, and the ‘bunnies’ female. See? We do perpetuate stereotypes within the nominal orthography of English itself!


    • John Morrow says:

      Your comment about “snow-bunny” was an eye-opener. I never understood it in the context you described. Am I just naive? And old? To me, a snow-bunny was a female who loved skiing and, perhaps, the skiers with whom she hot-tubbed afterwards.

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