runt

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

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.

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References[edit]

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

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Verb[edit]

runt

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

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Faroese[edit]

Adjective[edit]

runt

  1. nominative/accusative neuter singular of rundur

Adverb[edit]

runt

  1. around

Old French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

runt m (oblique and nominative feminine singular runde)

  1. Alternative form of reont

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Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

runt

  1. absolute indefinite neuter form of rund.

Adverb[edit]

runt

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

See also[edit]

Preposition[edit]

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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