rabbit ears

rab·bit ear
R r


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [rab-it eer]
    • /ˈræb ɪt ɪər/
    • /ˈræb.ɪt ɪər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [rab-it eer]
    • /ˈræb ɪt ɪər/

Definitions of rabbit ears words

  • noun rabbit ears an indoor television antenna consisting of two telescoping, swivel-based aerials. 1
  • noun rabbit ears Sports Slang. acute sensitivity to gibes, insults, or sarcasm: Players with rabbit ears are the favorite targets of bench jockeys. 1
  • noun rabbit ears an indoor television antenna, consisting of two adjustable rods that swivel apart at a V-shaped angle 0
  • noun rabbit ears excessive sensitivity to criticism, teasing, etc. 0

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Origin of rabbit ears

First appearance:

before 1965
One of the 2% newest English words
First recorded in 1965-70

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Parts of speech for Rabbit ears


rabbit ears popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 29% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for rabbit ears

noun rabbit ears

  • antenna — The antennae of something such as an insect or crustacean are the two long, thin parts attached to its head that it uses to feel things with.
  • bullwhip — A bullwhip is a very long, heavy whip.
  • aerial — You talk about aerial attacks and aerial photographs to indicate that people or things on the ground are attacked or photographed by people in aeroplanes.
  • ears — the part of a cereal plant, as corn, wheat, etc., that contains the flowers and hence the fruit, grains, or kernels.
  • feelers — Plural form of feeler.

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