bunny hugger

noun

informal, usually disparaging
: an animal rights advocate or activist
The benefit of a big snowpack is also about the only thing bunny huggers and redneck ranchers seem to agree on.Roger Phillips, Idaho Statesman (Boise, Idaho), 6 Feb. 2011
Multiple attempts were made to destroy not only Carson's scientific credibility but also her personal reputation: she was a fanatic, she was a "bunny hugger", she was a dangerous reactionary who would drag modern society backwards into a new Middle Ages filled with pests, vermin, crop destruction and lethal diseases.Margaret Atwood, The Guardian (London), 8 Dec. 2012

Word History

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bunny hugger was in 1983

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“Bunny hugger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunny%20hugger. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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