- a person who runs away; fugitive; deserter.
- a horse or team that has broken away from control.
- the act of running away.
- a decisive or easy victory.
- a young person, especially a teenager, who has run away from home.
- having run away; escaped; fugitive.
- (of a horse or other animal) having escaped from the control of the rider or driver.
- pertaining to or accomplished by running away or eloping: a runaway marriage.
- easily won, as a contest: a runaway victory at the polls.
- unchecked; rampant: runaway prices.
- Informal. deserting or revolting against one's group, duties, expected conduct, or the like, especially to establish or join a rival group, change one's life drastically, etc.: The runaway delegates nominated their own candidate.
Origin of runaway
First recorded in 1505–15; noun, adj. use of verb phrase run away
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Related Wordsescaped, delinquent, uncontrolled, escapee, fugitive, lawbreaker, wild, running, absconder, truant, deserter, maroon, offender, disorderly, loose
Examples from the Web for runaway
In other words, runaway defense spending is a bipartisan problem.Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!
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But the runaway best example of the game is another cluster of British luxury vehicles—Range Rover, Land Rover and Jaguar.Nationalism on Four Wheels
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Runaway corporations benefited from those policies but want U.S. companies to pay their share of the tab.The Democrats Have Found a New Boogeyman, and It’s Burger King
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They told her they had heard she harbored gay men and runaway girls.An Iraqi Group Helping Women and Gays Is Receiving Death Threats
July 22, 2014
Godzilla and X-Men: Days of Future Past both did well at the box office, but neither were runaway success stories.Is the Summer Blockbuster Dead?
July 14, 2014
The peculiar feelings one has who is a "runaway" are indescribable.Biography of a Slave
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.Laws
To-morrow morning I'll be searching all over the house for my runaway.The Christian
Word Origin and History for runaway
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper