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[ruhn-ee] /ˈrʌn i/
adjective, runnier, runniest.
tending to run or drip:
a runny paste.
(of the nose) discharging mucus.
Origin of runny
1810-20; run + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Even grown people knew nothing, except by vague hearsay, of cheese so runny that if you didn't care to eat it you could drink it.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Cooks me dandy rice and runny eggs, and sits on the neck of every bottle in New York while I dig.

    Blue-grass and Broadway Maria Thompson Daviess
  • But I am antiquated enough to like the rather flat, seedy things, and the "runny" jelly is of a wonderful colour and flavour.

  • They were so hot that the butter melted over them instantly, and crisp outside, with delicious, runny insides.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires Walter Prichard Eaton
  • Gisip-un ku tungud sa abug, I have a runny nose from the dust.

British Dictionary definitions for runny


adjective -nier, -niest
tending to flow; liquid
(of the nose or nasal passages) exuding mucus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for runny

1817, from run (v.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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