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[ruhn-ee] /ˈrʌn i/
adjective, runnier, runniest.
tending to run or drip:
a runny paste.
(of the nose) discharging mucus.
Origin of runny
1810-20; run + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web 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


adjective -nier, -niest
tending to flow; liquid
(of the nose or nasal passages) exuding mucus
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Word Origin and History for runny

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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