Origin of runaway

First recorded in 1505–15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run away

Synonyms for runaway Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for runaway

Contemporary Examples of runaway

Historical Examples of runaway

  • The peculiar feelings one has who is a "runaway" are indescribable.

    Biography of a Slave

    Charles Thompson

  • Neither was hurt, but it was the woman who pursued the runaway horse.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • But I took you for a youngster, you know, a regular ten-year-old runaway.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • A man may arrest his own slave, and he may also imprison for safe-keeping the runaway slave of a friend.



  • To-morrow morning I'll be searching all over the house for my runaway.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

Word Origin and History for runaway

1540s, "one who flees," from verbal phrase, from run (v.) + away (adv.). Meaning "an act of running away" is from 1724.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper