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Meaning of RUNT

Pronunciation:  runt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  disparaging terms for small people
 

RUNT is a 4 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: half-pint, peewee, shrimp
 
 See Also: small person

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Runt\, n. [Written also {rant}.] [Scot. runt an old cow,
an old, withered woman, a hardened stem or stalk, the trunk
of a tree; cf. D. rund a bullock, an ox or cow, G. rind. Cf.
{Rother}, a.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any animal which is unusually small, as
   compared with others of its kind; -- applied particularly
   to domestic animals.

2. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of domestic pigeon, related to the
   barb and carrier.

3. A dwarf; also, a mean, despicable, boorish person; -- used
   opprobriously.

         Before I buy a bargain of such runts, I'll buy a
         college for bears, and live among 'em. --Beau. & Fl.

4. The dead stump of a tree; also, the stem of a plant. [Obs.
   or Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

         Neither young poles nor old runts are durable.
                                               --Holland.

 

 

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