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1. An undersized animal, especially the smallest animal of a litter.
2. Derogatory A short person.

[Origin unknown.]

runt′i·ness n.
runt′y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.runty - well below average height
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
short, little - low in stature; not tall; "he was short and stocky"; "short in stature"; "a short smokestack"; "a little man"
2.runty - (used especially of persons) of inferior size
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"