- a small stream; brook; rivulet.
- a small channel, as for water.
Origin of runnel
Related Words for runletrill, creek, stream, brook, channel, river, bourn, runnel, streamlet, runlet
Examples from the Web for runlet
Historical Examples of runlet
A frog was croaking in a runlet; there was a faint spicy scent of lemons.Villa Rubein and Other Stories
Pass the runlet; and at its third round, I'll tell you why we came.
Step to the boat, Soto, and bring us that runlet of Hollands.
Bradford also mentions the filling of a "runlet" with water at the Cape.The Mayflower and Her Log, Complete
"Let us bathe our faces and heads in the runlet," he suggested urgently.The Wolf Cub
- archaic a cask for wine, beer, etc
Word Origin for runlet
- literary a small stream
Word Origin for runnel
"rivulet," 1570s, in Hakluyt, alteration of Middle English ryneil, from Old English rinelle, rynel, a diminutive of ryne "a stream" (see run (n.)).