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runt

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Runt \Runt\, noun [Written also {rant}.] [Scot. runt an old cow, an old, withered woman, a hardened stem or stalk, the trunk of a tree; cf. D. rund a bullock, an ox or cow, G. rind. Cf. {Rother}, adjective]

1. (Zool.) Any animal which is unusually small, as compared with others of its kind; -- applied particularly to domestic animals.

2. (Zool.) A variety of domestic pigeon, related to the barb and carrier.

3. A dwarf; also, a mean, despicable, boorish person; -- used opprobriously.

Before I buy a bargain of such runts, I'll buy a college for bears, and live among 'em. --Beau. & Fl.

4. The dead stump of a tree; also, the stem of a plant. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

Neither young poles nor old runts are durable. --Holland.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

runt

noun

1: disparaging terms for small people [syn: {runt}, {shrimp}, {peewee}, {half-pint}]


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