a fugitive or runaway.
a vagabond or wanderer.

Origin of runagate

1520–30; run (v.) + obsolete agate away; sense influenced by obsolete renegate (Middle English renegat < Medieval Latin renegātus renegade) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for runagate



  1. a vagabond, fugitive, or renegade
  2. (as modifier)a runagate priest

Word Origin for runagate

C16: variant (influenced by run) of renegade
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