runner

noun run·ner \ ˈrə-nər \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of runner

1 a : one that runs : racer
2 a : messenger
b : one that smuggles or distributes illicit or contraband goods (such as drugs, liquor, or guns)
3 : any of several large vigorous carangid fishes
4 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
5 a : an elongated horizontal stem arising from the base of a plant; especially : stolon 1a
b : a plant (such as a strawberry) that forms or spreads by means of runners
c : a twining vine (such as a scarlet runner bean)
6 a : a long narrow carpet for a hall or staircase
b : a narrow decorative cloth cover for a table or dresser top
7 : an adjustable backstay running from mast to rail on a sail boat or ship
8 : a running shot in basketball

Examples of runner in a Sentence

  1. The runner slid into third base.

  2. sent a runner to tell them that all was ready for the feast

Recent Examples of runner from the Web

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First Known Use of runner

14th century

runner Synonyms

Synonyms
bootlegger, contrabandist, courier, smuggler
Related Words
coyote, gunrunner, mule [slang]


RUNNER Defined for English Language Learners

runner

noun

Definition of runner for English Language Learners

  • : 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


RUNNER Defined for Kids

runner

noun run·ner \ ˈrə-nər \

Definition of runner for Students

1 : a person or animal that runs
2 : a thin piece or part on or in which something slides
  • the runners on a sled
3 : messenger
4 : a slender creeping branch of a plant that roots at the end or at the joints to form new plants
5 : a long narrow carpet (as for a hall)


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