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From Middle English rennere, rynner, urnare, equivalent to run +‎ -er. Cognate with Old Norse rennari (runner; messenger). Compare Middle English runel (runner), from Old English rynel (runner; messenger; courier).



runner (plural runners)

  1. Agent noun of run; one who runs.
    1. A person who moves, on foot, at a fast pace, especially an athlete.
      The first runner to cross the finish line wins the race.
    2. Any entrant, person or animal (especially a horse), for a race or any competition; a candidate for an election.
      The mare is the stables' runner for the 5.15 race at Epsom.
      The judge said she would not be a runner in the upcoming elections.
    3. Somebody who controls or manages (e.g. a system).
      • 1998 June 12th, Daniel Jonathan Kirk (username), tipping competitions, in, Usenet:
        [] at least half of which would be put into the pool for the winner, the rest kept for the runners of the system to cover costs and more than likely make a fair profit.
    4. (slang) An automobile.
      The car salesman told me that the used Volvo was a nice little runner.
    5. A person or vessel who runs blockades or engages in smuggling. (Especially used in combination with other words, e.g. a gunrunner).
  2. (slang) A quick escape away from a scene.
    He did a runner after robbing the drugstore.
  3. A type of soft-soled shoe originally intended for runners, compare trainer; a sneaker.
  4. A part of an apparatus that moves quickly.
    After the cycle completes, the runner travels back quickly to be in place for the next cycle.
  5. A mechanical part intended to guide or aid something else to move (using wheels or sliding).
    1. A smooth strip on which a sledge runs.
    2. The blade of an ice skate.
    3. The channel or strip on which a drawer is opened and closed.
  6. A strip of fabric used to decorate or protect a table or dressing table.
    The red runner makes the table so festive.
  7. A long, narrow carpet for a high traffic area such as a hall or stairs.
    How about we put down a clear runner in the front hall.
  8. (cricket) A player who runs for a batsman who is too injured to run; he is dressed exactly as the injured batsman, and carries a bat.
  9. (baseball, softball) A baserunner.
    The runner was out at second.
  10. (Australian rules football) A person (from one or the other team) who runs out onto the field during the game to take verbal instructions from the coach to the players. A runner mustn't interfere with play, and may have to wear an identifying shirt to make clear his or her purpose on the field.
  11. (slang) A part of a cigarette that is burning unevenly.
  12. (botany) A long stolon sent out by a plant (such as strawberry), in order to root new plantlets, or a plant that propagates by using such runners.
  13. (climbing) A short sling with a carabiner on either end, used to link the climbing rope to a bolt or other protection such as a nut or friend.
  14. (poker slang) A competitor in a poker tournament.
  15. A restaurant employee responsible for taking food from the kitchens to the tables.
  16. A leaping food fish (Elagatis pinnulatis) of Florida and the West Indies; the skipjack, shoemaker, or yellowtail.
  17. (sports slang) An employee of a sports agent who tries to recruit possible player clients for the agent.
    • Freeman, Mike (February 25, 2012), “Runners' world: Union boss Smith's noble idea likely stuck at the start”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1],, retrieved March 19, 2014
      This week hundreds of NFL agents gathered to hear an honorable man talk about a noble pipedream. It was a discussion about a significant step to end one of the cornerstones of corruption in college football: runners. Not the backs getting their 40 times tested at the scouting combine but the slimeball trolls who work on behalf of agents to help recruit — a generous word — football prospects by illegally giving them cash (or cars or money for family members or rent for a nice house) so the player then signs with the agent upon turning pro.
  18. (video games, rare) A speedrunner.
  19. Anyone sent on an errand or with communications, especially for a bank (or, historically, a foot soldier responsible for carrying messages during war).
  20. The curved base of a rocking chair, sometimes called the rocker.


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