noun \ˈrə-nər\

: a person who runs as part of a sport, for exercise, or in a race

: an animal (such as a horse) that runs in a race

: a person who delivers messages, reports, materials, or products either within a business or organization or to outside locations

Full Definition of RUNNER

a :  one that runs :  racer
b :  base runner
c :  ballcarrier
a :  messenger
b :  one that smuggles or distributes illicit or contraband goods (as drugs, liquor, or guns)
:  any of several large vigorous carangid fishes
a :  either of the longitudinal pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides
b :  the part of a skate that slides on the ice :  blade
c :  the support of a drawer or a sliding door
a :  an elongated horizontal stem arising from the base of a plant; especially :  stolon 1a
b :  a plant (as a strawberry) that forms or spreads by means of runners
c :  a twining vine (as a scarlet runner bean)
a :  a long narrow carpet for a hall or staircase
b :  a narrow decorative cloth cover for a table or dresser top
:  an adjustable backstay running from mast to rail on a sail boat or ship
:  a running shot in basketball

Examples of RUNNER

  1. The runner slid into third base.
  2. <sent a runner to tell them that all was ready for the feast>

First Known Use of RUNNER

14th century

Related to RUNNER

Rhymes with RUNNER


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