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Also run·let [ruhn-lit] /ˈrʌn lɪt/.

Origin of runnel

1570–80; run (noun) + -el diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for runlet

rill, creek, stream, brook, channel, river, bourn, runnel, streamlet, runlet

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British Dictionary definitions for runlet


  1. archaic a cask for wine, beer, etc

Word Origin for runlet

C14: from Old French rondelet roundlet


  1. literary a small stream

Word Origin for runnel

C16: from Old English rynele; related to run
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Word Origin and History for runlet



"rivulet," 1570s, in Hakluyt, alteration of Middle English ryneil, from Old English rinelle, rynel, a diminutive of ryne "a stream" (see run (n.)).

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