Bunting

Orpington

Senior Member
UK- English
Hi, I was wondering what the word 'bunting' means as in, 'she is such a cry baby bunting'?

I thought maybe it meant like wrapped up in cloths, like bunting.. not sure though.
 
  • ewhite

    Senior Member
    USA/English
    There's an old nursery rhyme:

    Bye, baby bunting.
    Daddy's gone a hunting.
    To find a little rabbit skin
    To wrap my baby bunting in.

    So the bunting is indeed that tight kind of wrap that infants like, and a calling your infant "baby bunting" is an affectionate term.
     

    Orpington

    Senior Member
    UK- English
    Thanks, yeah I thought it meant something like that. By the way, have I just completely made up the phrase 'cry baby bunting'? I'm sure I've heard it used,mum used to tell me to stop being one when I was a kid. Unless I'm just getting confused with 'BYE baby bunting'.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    "Cry baby bunting" is an alternative version of the nursery rhyme: see here:
    Cry Baby Bunting
    Daddy's gone a-hunting
    Gone to fetch a rabbit skin
    To wrap the Baby Bunting in
    Cry Baby Bunting


    The "cry" version is the one I grew up with, too, Orpington;)
     
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