runny

adjective

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Measles, a very contagious viral illness characterized by a high fever, rash, cough, runny nose and pinkeye, hasn’t been endemic in the U.S. in more than 20 years. Angela Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024 The early symptoms of measles, which may occur days before a rash appears, include fever, a runny nose, cough and red eyes. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 Common cold People tend to have milder symptoms that are gradually onset over the course of days, whether that be nasal congestion and runny nose, to cough and soar throat. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2 Feb. 2024 Key Takeaways Measles is a highly contagious viral respiratory illness that can cause symptoms of fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 2 Feb. 2024 Measles typically begins with high fever (which could spike to more than 104 degrees), cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024 Early symptoms include a fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 16 Jan. 2024 Symptoms usually appear within one to two weeks after infection and can include a fever, cough, runny nose, rash, and red watery eyes or pinkeye. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 15 Jan. 2024 Health officials say measles symptoms first appear between seven and 14 days after exposure, typically with a fever of over 101 degrees, a runny nose, watery eyes, and coughing. Gabrielle M. Etzel, Washington Examiner, 15 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of runny was in 1770

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“Runny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/runny. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

runny

adjective
run·​ny ˈrən-ē How to pronounce runny (audio)
runnier; runniest
1
: too soft and liquid
the scrambled eggs are runny
2
: giving off a liquid
a runny nose

Medical Definition

runny

adjective
run·​ny ˈrən-ē How to pronounce runny (audio)
: secreting a thin flow of mucus
a runny nose

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