[ ruhn-er ]
/ ˈrʌn ər /


Origin of runner

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at run, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for runner


/ (ˈrʌnə) /


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Word Origin and History for runner



c.1300, "messenger on foot," agent noun from run (v.). Meaning "one who runs" is early 14c. Meaning "smuggler" first recorded 1721; sense of "police officer" is from 1771. Meaning "rooting stem of a plant" is from 1660s; that of "embroidered cloth for a table" is from 1888.

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Science definitions for runner


[ rŭnər ]

A slender stem that grows horizontally and puts down roots to form new plants. Strawberries spread by runners. Also called stolon Compare bulb corm rhizome tuber.
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