adjective, run·ni·er, run·ni·est.

tending to run or drip: a runny paste.
(of the nose) discharging mucus.

Origin of runny

First recorded in 1810–20; run + -y1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of runny

Historical Examples of runny

  • Cooks me dandy rice and runny eggs, and sits on the neck of every bottle in New York while I dig.

    Blue-grass and Broadway

    Maria Thompson Daviess

  • But I am antiquated enough to like the rather flat, seedy things, and the "runny" jelly is of a wonderful colour and flavour.

  • Alan drew up alongside of it and made out the runny outlines of the legs and arms, the torso and the head.

  • Even grown people knew nothing, except by vague hearsay, of cheese so runny that if you didn't care to eat it you could drink it.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • They were so hot that the butter melted over them instantly, and crisp outside, with delicious, runny insides.

    The Idyl of Twin Fires

    Walter Prichard Eaton

British Dictionary definitions for runny


adjective -nier or -niest

tending to flow; liquid
(of the nose or nasal passages) exuding mucus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for runny

1817, from run (v.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper