runt

noun
\ ˈrənt How to pronounce runt (audio) \

Definition of runt

1 chiefly Scotland : a hardened stalk or stem of a plant
2 : an animal unusually small of its kind especially : the smallest of a litter of pigs
3 usually disparaging : a person of small stature

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Other Words from runt

runtiness \ ˈrən-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce runt (audio) \ noun
runtish \ ˈrən-​tish How to pronounce runt (audio) \ adjective
runty \ ˈrən-​tē How to pronounce runt (audio) \ adjective

Examples of runt in a Sentence

the runt of the litter one kitten was definitely the runt, weighing only six ounces at birth

First Known Use of runt

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for runt

origin unknown

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“Runt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/runt. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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runt

noun

English Language Learners Definition of runt

: the smallest animal in a group that is born to one mother at the same time
informal + disapproving : a very small or weak person

runt

noun
\ ˈrənt How to pronounce runt (audio) \

Kids Definition of runt

: an unusually small person or animal

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