- stunted; dwarfish: The runty puppy seems the most playful of the litter.
Origin of runty
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Examples from the Web for runty
And her dog, a runty little French bull, was sleepin' on the rug beside the couch.The Book of Susan
Lee Wilson Dodd
"You said short stripe," said the indignant buyer, pointing the finger of scorn at the runty little skin.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work
Mary Rogers Miller
Why should the son of a mountain need affirmation from runty Portugees with pencil stubs behind their ears and scarred fingers?Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
The dusk gathering under the pepper trees along the sidewalk absorbed his runty but swaggering shape.Ladies and Gentlemen
Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
Women and "runty Nigger men" commanded a price of from $600.00 up, each.