What does hare mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. harenoun

    swift timid long-eared mammal larger than a rabbit having a divided upper lip and long hind legs; young born furred and with open eyes

  2. rabbit, hareverb

    flesh of any of various rabbits or hares (wild or domesticated) eaten as food

  3. hareverb

    run quickly, like a hare

    "He hared down the hill"


  1. harenoun

    Any of several plant-eating animals of the family Leporidae, especially of the genus Lepus, similar to a rabbit, but larger and with longer ears.

  2. hareverb

    To move swiftly

  3. Etymology: hara, from hasô (compare West Frisian hazze, Dutch haas, German Hase), from *haswaz (compare Old English hasu, Middle High German heswe), from kas- (cf. Welsh cannu, ceinach, Latin canus, cascus, Old Prussian sasins, Pashto, Sanskrit शश).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Hare and, Here

    differing in pronunciation only, signify both an army and a lord. So Harold is a general of an army; Hareman, a chief man in the army; Herwin, a victorious army; which are much like Stratocles, Polemarchus, and Hegesistratus among the Greeks. Edmund Gibson Camden.

  2. HAREnoun

    Etymology: hara, Saxon; karh, Erse.

    Dismay’d not this
    Our captains Macbeth and Banquo?
    ———— Yes,
    As sparrows, eagles; or the hare, the lion. William Shakespeare, Macb.

    We view in the open champaign a brace of swift greyhounds coursing a good stout and well breathed hare. More.

    Your dressings must be with Galen’s powder and hare ’s fur. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Poor is the triumph o’er the timid hare. James Thomson, Autumn.

    The hare appears, whose active rays supply
    A nimble force, and hardly wings deny. Thomas Creech.

  3. To Hareverb

    To fright; to hurry with terrour.

    Etymology: harier, French.

    To hare and rate them, is not to teach but vex them. John Locke.


  1. Hare

    Hares and jackrabbits are mammals belonging to the genus Lepus. They are herbivores, and live solitarily or in pairs. They nest in slight depressions called forms, and their young are able to fend for themselves shortly after birth. The genus includes the largest lagomorphs. Most are fast runners with long, powerful hind legs, and large ears to dissipate body heat. Hare species are native to Africa, Eurasia and North America. A hare less than one year old is called a "leveret". A group of hares is called a "husk", a "down" or a "drove". Members of the Lepus genus are considered true hares, distinguishing them from rabbits which make up the rest of the Leporidae family. However, there are five leporid species with "hare" in their common names which are not considered true hares: the hispid hare (Caprolagus hispidus), and four species known as red rock hares (comprising Pronolagus). Conversely, several Lepus species are called "jackrabbits", but classed as hares rather than rabbits. The pet known as the Belgian hare is a domesticated European rabbit which has been selectively bred to resemble a hare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hareverb

    to excite; to tease, or worry; to harry

  2. Harenoun

    a rodent of the genus Lepus, having long hind legs, a short tail, and a divided upper lip. It is a timid animal, moves swiftly by leaps, and is remarkable for its fecundity

  3. Harenoun

    a small constellation situated south of and under the foot of Orion; Lepus

  4. Etymology: [Cf. Harry, Harass.]


  1. Hare

    Hares and jackrabbits are leporids belonging to the genus Lepus. A hare less than one year old is called a leveret. Four species commonly known as types of hare are classified outside of Lepus: the hispid hare, and three species known as red rock hares. Hares are very fast-moving animals; the European brown hare is able to run at speeds of up to 56 km/h. The five species of jackrabbit found in central and western North America are able to run at 64 km/h, and can leap up to 3m at a time. They live solitarily or in pairs, while a "drove" is the collective noun for a group of hares. A common type of hare in Arctic North America is the snowshoe hare, replaced farther south by the black-tailed jackrabbit, white-tailed jackrabbit, and other species. Normally a shy animal, the European brown hare changes its behavior in spring, when hares can be seen in broad daylight chasing one another around meadows; this appears to be competition between males to attain dominance. During this spring frenzy, hares can be seen "boxing"; one hare striking another with its paws. For a long time, this had been thought to be intermale competition, but closer observation has revealed it is usually a female hitting a male to prevent copulation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hare

    hār, n. a common and very timid animal, with a divided upper lip and long hind-legs, which runs swiftly by leaps.—ns. Hare-and-hounds, a boys' game in which some set off on a long run across country, dropping pieces of paper (the scent) as they go, and others try to overtake, following their trail; Hare′bell, a plant with blue bell-shaped flowers.—adjs. Hare′-brained, giddy: heedless; Hare′-foot, swift of foot like a hare; Har′ish, somewhat like a hare.—n. Hare′-lip, a fissure in the upper human lip like that of a hare.—adj. Hare′-lipped.—n. Hare's′-ear, a genus of umbelliferous plants having yellow flowers.—First catch your hare, make sure you have a thing first before you think what to do with it—from a direction in Mrs Glasse's cookery-book, where catch, however, was a misprint for 'case'=skin; Hold with the hare and run with the hounds, to play a double and deceitful game, to be with both sides at once; Jugged hare, hare cut into pieces and stewed with wine and other seasoning; Mad as a March hare, from the gambols of the hare during the breeding season. [A.S. hara; Dut. haas, Dan. hare, Ger. hase.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HARE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hare is ranked #2236 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hare surname appeared 16,304 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Hare.

    83.7% or 13,659 total occurrences were White.
    10.2% or 1,674 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 347 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 289 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 205 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 129 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hare in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of hare in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Hare:

    Subscriber growth in the Andrew Hare and Canada has been a difficult story to tell, that's why they need to talk about the global [ subscription ] growth story, positive cash flow, new content, new growth opportunities like gaming, and potentially new business models and markets.

  2. Benjamin Disraeli:

    The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.

  3. Vivek Katju:

    The Pakistan army has adhered to its longstanding doctrine of distinguishing between terrorist groups that are engaged in hostilities with it and those who are willing to act as its proxies whether in Afghanistan and India, pakistan ... cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hound.

  4. Jacqueline Bisset:

    I was never any good in the school theatrical productions. I always got a role like the March Hare.

  5. Rosemarie Andolino:

    Prior to redeveloping Terminal 5 at O’Hare, we engaged with all of our stakeholders including TSA, as a major element of the redesign was reconfiguring the security checkpoint.

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    To cause to become
    • A. render
    • B. affront
    • C. scarper
    • D. elate

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