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runt

[ ruhnt ]
/ rʌnt /
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noun
an animal that is small or stunted as compared with others of its kind.
the smallest or weakest of a litter, especially of piglets or puppies.
a person who is petty 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

First recorded in 1540–50; of uncertain origin, perhaps from Dutch rund “bull, cow, ox”; akin to German Rind “cattle”

OTHER WORDS FROM runt

runtish, adjectiverunt·ish·ly, adverbrunt·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for runt

runt
/ (rʌnt) /

noun
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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