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.
Recent Examples on the Web His symptoms at the time were said to have included a runny nose, cough, sore throat, a slight fever and body aches. Bytal Axelrod, ABC News, 2 Aug. 2022 Biden, 79, first tested positive Thursday morning while experiencing mild symptoms of a runny nose, fatigue, and a dry cough. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 27 July 2022 During the president’s treatment, his doctor cited other symptoms such as a runny nose and body aches and noted that Mr. Biden had used an albuterol inhaler for his cough. Ken Thomas, WSJ, 27 July 2022 His symptoms included a runny nose, cough, sore throat and some body aches. Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 His primary symptoms were a runny nose, fatigue and a loose cough. Arkansas Online, 23 July 2022 In a memo, Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician, wrote that the president has a runny nose and is fatigued. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 23 July 2022 White House physician Kevin O'Connor said in a note that Biden had been experiencing a runny nose, fatigue, and an occasional dry cough since late Wednesday. Harold Maass, The Week, 22 July 2022 Biden, at 79, was reported on Thursday to be suffering from fatigue, a runny nose, and an occasional dry cough. Globe Staff,, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of runny

1770, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“Runny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for runny


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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