EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

The OED pronounces this word as "of obscure origin".[1] Some see a connection to Middle Dutch runt (ox), but the OED thinks this unlikely.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɹʌnt/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌnt

NounEdit

runt (plural runts)

  1. The smallest animal of a litter.
    • 1976, Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, Kindle edition, OUP Oxford, published 2016, page 168:
      Sometimes, as we have seen, one member of a litter is a runt, much smaller than the rest. He is unable to fight for food as strongly as the rest, and runts often die. We have considered the conditions under which it would actually pay a mother to let a runt die.
  2. (by extension) The smallest child in the family.
    the runt of the family
  3. Undersized or stunted plant, animal or person.
    Synonym: dwarf
  4. (networking) An Ethernet packet that does not meet the medium's minimum packet size of 64 bytes.
  5. (typography) A single word (or portion of a hyphenated word) that appears as the last line of a paragraph.
  6. A breed of pigeon related to the carrier pigeon.
  7. (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A hardened stem or stalk of a plant.
    • (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
    • Neither young poles nor old runts are durable. — Holland.
  8. A bow.

Derived termsEdit

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Angus Stevenson (editor), Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 6th Edition (Oxford University Press, 2007, →ISBN)

AnagramsEdit


DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

runt

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of runnen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of runnen

AnagramsEdit


FaroeseEdit

AdjectiveEdit

runt

  1. nominative/accusative neuter singular of rundur

AdverbEdit

runt

  1. around

Old FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

runt m (oblique and nominative feminine singular runde)

  1. Alternative form of reont

DeclensionEdit


PlautdietschEdit

AdjectiveEdit

runt

  1. round, circular, spherical

SwedishEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

runt

  1. absolute indefinite neuter singular of rund.

AdverbEdit

runt

  1. around; aimlessly (about movement)
    runt
    walk around
  2. around; at random locations
  3. around; in a manner that involves a lot of transportation

See alsoEdit

PrepositionEdit

runt

  1. around; denoting a full circle
  2. around; following a path which curves near an object
  3. around (a corner)
  4. around, near (about time)
    Jag kommer runt tre.
    I'll come around three o'clock.
  5. about; all round

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Derived termsEdit


YolaEdit

EtymologyEdit

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

AdjectiveEdit

runt

  1. torn
    • 1867, GLOSSARY OF THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY:
      Mee coat is ee-runt.
      My coat is torn.

ReferencesEdit

  • Jacob Poole (1867) , William Barnes, editor, A glossary, with some pieces of verse, of the old dialect of the English colony in the baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, J. Russell Smith, →ISBN