runt

[ruhnt]
noun
1.
an animal that is small or stunted as compared with others of its kind.
2.
the smallest or weakest of a litter, especially of pigs or puppies.
3.
a person who is small and contemptible: That runt causes most of the trouble at the meetings.
4.
British Dialect.
a.
an old or decayed tree stump.
b.
an old cow or ox.
c.
an ugly old woman; hag.

Origin:
1495–1505; perhaps < Dutch rund bull, cow, ox; akin to German Rind cattle

runtish, adjective
runtishly, adverb
runtishness, noun
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runt (rʌnt)
 
n
1.  the smallest and weakest young animal in a litter, esp the smallest piglet in a litter
2.  derogatory an undersized or inferior person
3.  a large pigeon, originally bred for eating
 
[C16: origin unknown]
 
'runtish
 
adj
 
'runty
 
adj
 
'runtiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

runt
1501, "old or decayed tree stump," of unknown origin. Meaning extended to "small ox or cow" (1549) and by 1614 to other animals and people. Specific Amer.Eng. sense of "smallest of a litter" (esp. of pigs) is attested from 1841. Some see a connection to M.Du. runt "ox," but OED thinks this unlikely,
and pronounces the word "of obscure origin."
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Example sentences
The fifth puppy out of the den had become a serious runt.
The runt of the family, he had always been a target for his father's anger.
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