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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View Sample Sign Up Now Breathing in high levels of VOCs can cause a number of short-term health problems, from headaches and dizziness to a runny nose and itchy eyes. Markham Heid, Time, "Are Paint Fumes a Health Concern? Here's What the Latest Science Says," 5 July 2019 The runny noses, coughing and headaches flared inside the students’ biology classroom at George Washington Middle School in Northern Virginia — subsiding once the children left. Washington Post, "‘We can change something’: These 13-year-olds found mold in their schools and did something about it," 30 June 2019 Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. CBS News, "Potential measles exposure reported at New Jersey's Newark Airport," 18 June 2019 The illness usually begins with high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Naseem S. Miller,, "4 measles cases reported in Florida this month," 29 May 2018 People with measles could develop symptoms such as rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. Fox News, "New Jersey residents may have been exposed to measles at several places, including Newark Airport," 13 May 2018 The children that Willamette Law professor W. Warren Binford interviewed had flaky scalps, runny noses and matted hair., "An Oregon lawyer visited border patrol facilities in the El Paso sector; here’s what she knows and what it means.," 29 June 2019 Symptoms include a fever, a cough, a runny nose, red eyes and a rash that typically appears between 10 and 21 days after exposure. Laura J. Nelson,, "Westside theater and restaurant patrons may have been exposed to measles, officials say," 23 June 2019 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

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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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food or victuals

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