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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Synonyms for runny


soupy, watery

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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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Aside from the requisite poop and pee poems, also getting a nod are runny noses, puke, dirty rooms, cookie-stealing (and subsequent lying), toys, sports, vacations and lots, lots more – and all are imbued with an underlying deep love. Lynn Carey, The Mercury News, "Sanderson Dean’s ‘Stark Raving Dad’ turns frazzled parenting into poetry," 10 June 2019 Measles symptoms appear roughly seven to 14 days after a person is infected and initially include a high fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Measles Q&A: Disease Is Serious, but Preventable," 9 Apr. 2019 The first signs of the measles include a fever, red eyes, cough, and runny nose. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Measles Signs in Kids Every Parent Needs to Know About," 3 Apr. 2019 The classic signs of spring have emerged: Red eyes, runny noses and fits of sneezing. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "Pollen Counts: The Numbers Behind Spring Sneezing," 12 Apr. 2019 Gas can escape from runny lava (and seltzer) more easily than from thick lava. Anna Rothschild, Washington Post, "Here’s why some volcanoes are more explosive than others," 10 May 2018 As with a mild cold or flu, respiratory syncytial virus symptoms usually include a runny nose, decrease in appetite, coughing, sneezing, fever, and wheezing, the CDC says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Respiratory Syncytial Virus Is the Flu-Like Illness You Haven't Heard About," 3 Jan. 2019 The flu vaccine is most likely to cause minor side effects like soreness or a runny nose, but some people can develop flu-like symptoms, too. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 Lee Ann Berkebile was just 4 years old when her mother took her to see the pediatrician in 1994 for a runny nose and cough. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Regulators OK’d child doc charged with abuse," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of runny

1770, in the meaning defined above

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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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