follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: A Guide to the Comma

runny

[ruhn-ee] /ˈrʌn i/
adjective, runnier, runniest.
1.
tending to run or drip:
a runny paste.
2.
(of the nose) discharging mucus.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; run + -y1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for runny
  • If the recipe calls for butter at room temperature, it should be soft but not runny.
  • Stick with dry food only, can food has too much junk in it and it also causes loose and runny stool.
  • Water suspended the soot, keeping the ink runny enough to write with.
  • Once this is nicely warm and runny, the driver flicks a switch and the engine starts burning the vegetable oil.
  • When defrosted, all the intracellular goo oozes out, turning your strawberries into runny mush.
  • Colds tend to produce runny nose, congestion, sore throat.
  • Measles causes symptoms including an extremely itchy rash, high fever, runny nose and red eyes.
  • Being condemned to a lifetime of harsh antipsychotic drugs seems a far cry from a runny nose and fever.
  • Likewise, the haddock tart was at once runny and lumpy-thin chowder spilled over a pastry shell.
  • The egg would be the over-the-top element-coating the whole burger with its delicious, runny yolk.
British Dictionary definitions for runny

runny

/ˈrʌnɪ/
adjective -nier, -niest
1.
tending to flow; liquid
2.
(of the nose or nasal passages) exuding mucus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for runny
adj.

1817, from run (v.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for runny

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for runny

8
10
Scrabble Words With Friends