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.
an old or decayed tree stump.
an old cow or ox.
an ugly old woman; hag.
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
- Run to form
Also, run true to form. Act as one expects, especially in keeping with previous behavior. For example, She ran to form, arriving an hour late, or The door-to-door campaign was running true to form, with solicitors always arriving at dinnertime. This term originally was used for race horses running as expected from their previous record; […]
adjective, runtier, runtiest. 1. stunted; dwarfish: The runty puppy seems the most playful of the litter.
noun 1. the testing of an airplane engine by accelerating the motor. 2. an advance in prices, as in the stock market. 3. Sports. the running up to the jump line by a broad jumper. the running up of the ball in soccer or polo toward the goal. the running up of a golf ball […]
verb (used without object), ran, run, running. 1. to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all or both feet are off the ground. 2. to move with haste; act quickly: Run upstairs and get the iodine. 3. […]