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runt (plural runts)
- 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.
- (by extension) The smallest child in the family.
- the runt of the family
- Undersized or stunted plant, animal or person.
- Synonym: dwarf
- (slang) An uninfluential or unimportant person; a nobody.
- (networking) An Ethernet packet that does not meet the medium's minimum packet size of 64 bytes.
- (typography) A single word (or portion of a hyphenated word) that appears as the last line of a paragraph.
- A breed of pigeon related to the carrier pigeon.
- (obsolete, Britain, dialect) A hardened stem or stalk of a plant.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
- 1601, G[aius] Plinius Secundus [i.e., Pliny the Elder], “[Book XVI.]”, in Philemon Holland, transl., The Historie of the VVorld. Commonly Called, The Natvrall Historie of C. Plinivs Secvndus. […], (please specify |tome=1 or 2), London: […] Adam Islip, published 1635, OCLC 1180792622:
- Neither young poles nor old runts are durable
- A bow.
the smallest or the weakest animal of a litter or a pack
smallest child in the family
undersized or stunted plant, animal or person
small Ethernet packet
breed of pigeon
- ^ Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; Angus Stevenson and Georgia Hole, editors (2007), “runt”, in The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 6th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN.
- second- and third-person singular present indicative of runnen
- (archaic) plural imperative of runnen
runt m (oblique and nominative feminine singular runde)
- Alternative form of
Declension of runt
- around; aimlessly (about movement)
- gå runt
- walk around
- around; at random locations
- around; in a manner that involves a lot of transportation
- around; denoting a full circle
- around; following a path which curves near an object
- around (a corner)
- around, near (about time)
- Jag kommer runt tre.
- I'll come around three o'clock.
- Jag kommer runt tre.
- about; all round
- 1867, GLOSSARY OF THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY:
- Mee coat is ee-runt.
- My coat is torn.
- 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, London: J. Russell Smith