run·​ny | \ ˈrə-nē How to pronounce runny (audio) \

Definition of runny

: having a tendency to run: such as
a : extremely or excessively soft and liquid a runny dough
b : secreting a thin flow of mucus a runny nose

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Examples of runny in a Sentence

The scrambled eggs are runny. The pudding is runnier than I like it. a little boy with a runny nose My eyes felt itchy and runny.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ortiz, however, noticed that Potts had symptoms that corresponded with the disease: a runny nose and a dry cough. ProPublica, "Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.," 31 May 2020 Among the incidents cited in the report: —A nursing assistant at a California facility had been sick for at least two days with fever, diarrhea, cough and a runny nose but kept working. Time, "Government Watchdog Found 'Persistent' Lapses in Infection Control at Nursing Homes Before Coronavirus," 21 May 2020 Some volcanoes—think Hawaii’s Kilauea—erupt runny lavas with lower viscosity. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Volcano Eruptions," 18 Nov. 2019 But a few weeks later, Porter's wife and son fell ill, and then Porter got a cough and a runny nose. Mallika Kallingal, CNN, "After heart and kidney transplant, Florida man survives coronavirus," 16 May 2020 A few days into her symptoms, her children developed low-grade fevers and runny noses, and her husband felt tightness in his chest. NBC News, "'I gave this to my dad': COVID-19 survivors grapple with guilt of infecting family," 16 May 2020 When Ted came home on March 17 from his job as a manicurist at a nail salon with a runny nose, Chloe did not immediately suspect COVID-19. Erika Hayasaki, The Atlantic, "One Woman’s Quest to Donate Plasma to Her Husband," 5 May 2020 Measles is a virus that can cause high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 The first symptoms can include high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, the CDC says, and small white spots may appear inside the mouth two to three days after symptoms surface. Sarah Gray, Time, "People Might Have Been Exposed to Measles Near St. Louis," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of runny

1770, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of runny was in 1770

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3 Jun 2020

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“Runny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of runny

of a food : soft and with a lot of liquid
: having a thin flow of liquid flowing out


run·​ny | \ ˈrə-nē How to pronounce runny (audio) \
runnier; runniest

Kids Definition of runny

: giving off or likely to give off liquid a runny nose


run·​ny | \ ˈrən-ē How to pronounce runny (audio) \

Medical Definition of runny

: secreting a thin flow of mucus a runny nose

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