noun \ˈrənt\

: the smallest animal in a group that is born to one mother at the same time

: a very small or weak person

Full Definition of RUNT

chiefly Scottish :  a hardened stalk or stem of a plant
:  an animal unusually small of its kind; especially :  the smallest of a litter of pigs
:  a person of small stature
runt·i·ness \ˈrən-tē-nəs\ noun
runt·ish \-tish\ adjective
runty \-tē\ adjective

Examples of RUNT

  1. the runt of the litter
  2. <one kitten was definitely the runt, weighing only six ounces at birth>

Origin of RUNT

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1501

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with RUNT


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