a quick review or summary of main points of information, usually oral: This brief rundown of past events will bring you up to date.
Baseball. a play in which a base runner is caught between bases by two or more players of the opposing team who toss the ball back and forth in an effort to tag the runner out.
Commerce. runoff(def 4).

Nearby words

  1. runcorn,
  2. rundale,
  3. rundi,
  4. rundle,
  5. rundlet,
  6. rundstedt,
  7. rundstedt, karl rudolf gerd von,
  8. rune,
  9. rune-stone,
  10. runeberg

Origin of rundown

1905–10, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase run down




fatigued; weary; exhausted.
in a state of poor health: He was in a run-down condition from months of overwork.
in neglected condition; fallen into disrepair: a run-down house.
(of a spring-operated device) not running because it is unwound.

Origin of run-down

First recorded in 1675–85; adj. use of verb phrase run down

3. seedy, tacky, shabby, deteriorated. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for rundown
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper