noun run·ner \ˈrə-nər\

Definition of runner

  1. 1a :  one that runs :  racerb :  base runnerc :  ballcarrier

  2. 2a :  messengerb :  one that smuggles or distributes illicit or contraband goods (such as drugs, liquor, or guns)

  3. 3 :  any of several large vigorous carangid fishes

  4. 4a :  either of the longitudinal pieces on which a sled or sleigh slidesb :  the part of a skate that slides on the ice :  bladec :  the support of a drawer or a sliding door

  5. 5a :  an elongated horizontal stem arising from the base of a plant; especially :  stolon 1ab :  a plant (such as a strawberry) that forms or spreads by means of runnersc :  a twining vine (such as a scarlet runner bean)

  6. 6a :  a long narrow carpet for a hall or staircaseb :  a narrow decorative cloth cover for a table or dresser top

  7. 7 :  an adjustable backstay running from mast to rail on a sail boat or ship

  8. 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

14th Century

First Known Use of runner

14th century

RUNNER Defined for English Language Learners


noun run·ner \ˈrə-nər\

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


noun run·ner \ˈrə-nər\

Definition of runner for Students

  1. 1 :  a person or animal that runs

  2. 2 :  a thin piece or part on or in which something slides the runners on a sled

  3. 3 :  messenger

  4. 4 :  a slender creeping branch of a plant that roots at the end or at the joints to form new plants

  5. 5 :  a long narrow carpet (as for a hall)

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