And by military standards and compared with everyone who was around there—he was a runt.
runt all the while lay tipsy in the carriage, having only a dreamy half-consciousness of all that was going on.
He had been right in his conjecture, Slim was “the runt of something good.”
Finally, the type specimen of munda is a "runt," smaller than any other male seen.
And if he objected—as he usually did—they were sure to laugh and call him "runt."
Who'd have thought that the runt was the smartest of the family?
A runt from under the Mormon ditch; we raise bigger on our land.
He was a miserable Yankee runt, an' I did n't hurt the cuss none to speak of.
Men with hearts in them; and Rosy, let me tell you, is no runt in that litter.
The size of the body differs greatly: a runt has been known to weigh more than five times as much as a short-faced tumbler.
c.1500, "old or decayed tree stump," of unknown origin. Meaning extended to "small ox or cow" (1540s) and by 1610s generally to undersized animals and people. Specific American English sense of "smallest of a litter" (especially of pigs) is attested from 1841. Some see a connection to Middle Dutch runt "ox," but OED thinks this unlikely, and pronounces the word "of obscure origin." Related: Runty (1807).