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 Dear Heloise: Nine times out of 10, my gravy is too thin and runny. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Hard sugar," 26 Aug. 2020 Coronavirus symptoms include a runny nose, cough, sore throat, possibly a headache and maybe a fever, which can last for a couple of days. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Coronavirus Outbreak Timeline Fast Facts," 18 Apr. 2021 Additionally, their Miami Smash Burger is my favorite kind of cheeseburger: gooey with Swiss and a runny fried egg, bonus for caramelized onions and potato sticks for crunch. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Best Food Truck: 2021 Orlando Sentinel Foodie Awards," 26 Feb. 2021 The meal kit comes with udon, shrimp, tempura, a runny egg and more. Janelle Bitker,, "19 Bay Area restaurants serving succulent Dungeness crab specials," 21 Jan. 2021 Deep tomato flavor paired with crispy prosciutto and a runny egg is a wonderful combinations of flavor and texture. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "8 of our favorite things to eat — on toast," 14 Sep. 2020 Damia was sick for almost two weeks with mild symptoms that ranged from a migraine to a runny nose and fatigue. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Causey: I got vaccinated, but my wife may not. Let me tell you why I changed my mind on this.," 7 Apr. 2021 For example, one bar patron who reported a runny nose two days after the event had close contact with 26 people during in-person classes and indoor sports practice at school. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Food banks, passing on passports, governors’ shots: News from around our 50 states," 7 Apr. 2021 One of the bar attendees who became infected with COVID-19 reported having a runny nose two days after the event. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Bar COVID-19 Outbreak: How One Party Led to 46 Coronavirus Cases and a School Closure," 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of runny

1770, in the meaning defined above

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3 May 2021

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“Runny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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