runny

adjective
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

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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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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 While there's plenty for parents to love about cold weather — snuggly scarves, hot chocolate dates — this time of year also comes with some down sides: runny noses, coughs, and congestion. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 There might well have been a comically runny cheese. Anthony Bourdain, Bon Appetit, "How Anthony Bourdain Came to Be Anthony Bourdain," 8 June 2018 Omaha resident Kendra Jackson was told for years that allergies were the cause of her chronically runny nose and severe headaches. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "This Woman's Runny Nose Turned Out to Be Fluid Leaking From Her Brain," 8 May 2018 Symptoms of measles include a runny nose, high fever, eye inflammation and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Measles vaccine recommended for those attending World Cup," 6 June 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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runny

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of runny

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

runny

adjective
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

runny

adjective
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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