runt


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runt

 (rŭnt)
n.
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.

runt

(rʌnt)
n
1. (Zoology) the smallest and weakest young animal in a litter, esp the smallest piglet in a litter
2. derogatory an undersized or inferior person
3. (Breeds) a large pigeon, originally bred for eating
[C16: origin unknown]
ˈruntish adj
ˈrunty adj
ˈruntiness n

runt

(rʌnt)

n.
1. an animal that is small or stunted as compared with others of its kind.
2. the smallest or weakest of a litter, esp. of pigs or puppies.
3. a person who is small and contemptible.
[1495–1505; perhaps < Dutch rund bull, cow, ox; akin to German Rind cattle]
runt′ish, adj.
runt′ish•ly, adv.
runt′ish•ness, n.
runt′y, adj. runt•i•er, runt•i•est.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.runt - disparaging terms for small peoplerunt - disparaging terms for small people  
small person - a person of below average size
Translations

runt

[rʌnt] N (also fig) → redrojo m, enano m
you little runt!¡canalla!

runt

[ˈrʌnt] n
(= animal) → avorton m
the runt of the litter → l'avorton de la portée
(pejorative) (= person) → avorton mrun-through [ˈrʌnθruː] n (before test)essai mrun time ntemps m d'exécution, durée f d'exécutionrun-up [ˈrʌnʌp] n
(= preceding period) the run-up to sth [+ election, Christmas] → la période précédant qch
in the run-up to Christmas → pendant la période précédant Noël
(SPORT)course f d'élan

runt

nkleinstes Ferkel (eines Wurfes); (pej)Wicht m; (despicable) → Fiesling m (inf)

runt

[rʌnt] n (Zool) the runt of the litter (puppy) → il cucciolo più piccolo della figliata (pej) (person) → omuncolo
References in classic literature ?
The runt is a bird of great size, with long, massive beak and large feet; some of the sub-breeds of runts have very long necks, others very long wings and tails, others singularly short tails.
Moreover, I do not believe that any ornithologist would place the English carrier, the short-faced tumbler, the runt, the barb, pouter, and fantail in the same genus; more especially as in each of these breeds several truly-inherited sub-breeds, or species as he might have called them, could be shown him.
But as for such creaturs as you Methodisses run after, I'd as soon go to look at a lot o' bare- ribbed runts on a common.
The wheeling and circling flights of runts, fantails, tumblers, and pouters, were perhaps not quite consistent with the grave and sober character of the building, but the monotonous cooing, which never ceased to be raised by some among them all day long, suited it exactly, and seemed to lull it to rest.
Since the measurement update rate of 1 [micro]s is asynchronous with the runt pulse, the transitions of the clock that are measured represent a random sampling of all transitions.
By setting up appropriate triggers, a digital oscilloscope can be used to check for common symptoms of signal integrity problems - runts, glitches, setup and hold violations, and slow rise times.
Certainly my mule, Runt, was an excellent specimen, but the question was, "could I handle him properly?
The pure-breed boxer puppies were going for $1,000 each, except for the white one in the corner -- the runt of the litter.
The tale is a simple one, told beautifully simply: a couple adopts a tiny runt piglet who grows up (and in every other direction) to be a local attraction and a good, good, friend.
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After shooting them in the feet, he hands his gun over to one of his shrimpy pre-teen sidekicks, telling him that he can make his bones by killing a Runt, it doesn't matter which.
Let us assume for a minute that Billy is not just standing next to the 12-year-old boy in the secluded, but otherwise empty school yard, but rather has already put his foot on top of the little guys head at about 35 miles per hour because Billy does not like the skinny little runt anyway (say the moral equivalent of the softwood lumber duties) and the question immediately arises as to whom is the moron.