[ ruhnt ]
/ rʌnt /


an animal that is small or stunted as compared with others of its kind.
the smallest or weakest of a litter, especially of pigs or puppies.
a person who is small and contemptible: That runt causes most of the trouble at the meetings.
British Dialect.
  1. an old or decayed tree stump.
  2. an old cow or ox.
  3. an ugly old woman; hag.


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Origin of runt

1495–1505; perhaps < Dutch rund bull, cow, ox; akin to German Rind cattle


runt·ish, adjectiverunt·ish·ly, adverbrunt·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for runt

/ (rʌnt) /


the smallest and weakest young animal in a litter, esp the smallest piglet in a litter
derogatory an undersized or inferior person
a large pigeon, originally bred for eating

Derived forms of runt

runtish, adjectiverunty, adjectiveruntiness, noun

Word Origin for runt

C16: origin unknown
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