What does runaway mean?

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ˈrʌn əˌweɪrun·away

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. runaway, blowout, romp, laugher, shoo-in, walkawaynoun

    an easy victory

  2. fugitive, runaway, fleeradjective

    someone who flees from an uncongenial situation

    "fugitives from the sweatshops"

  3. runawayadjective

    completely out of control

    "runaway inflation"


  1. runawaynoun

    A person or animal that runs away or has run away; a person, animal, or organization that escapes limitations.

    Runaway children are vulnerable to criminal exploitation.

  2. runawaynoun

    A train that is out of control.

  3. runawaynoun

    An object or process that is out of control or out of equilibrium.

  4. runawaynoun

    An overwhelming victory.

    The home side won in a runaway.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Runawaynoun

    One that flies from danger; a fugitive.

    Etymology: run and away.

    Come at once,
    For the close night doth play the runaway,
    And we are staid for. William Shakespeare.

    Thou runaway, thou coward, art thou fled?
    Speak in some bush; where dost thou hide thy head? William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Runawaynoun

    one who, or that which, flees from danger, duty, restraint, etc.; a fugitive

  2. Runawaynoun

    the act of running away, esp. of a horse or teams; as, there was a runaway yesterday

  3. Runawayadjective

    running away; fleeing from danger, duty, restraint, etc.; as, runaway soldiers; a runaway horse

  4. Runawayadjective

    accomplished by running away or elopement, or during flight; as, a runaway marriage

  5. Runawayadjective

    won by a long lead; as, a runaway victory

  6. Runawayadjective

    very successful; accomplishing success quickly; as, a runaway bestseller


  1. Runaway

    "Runaway" was a number-one Billboard Hot 100 song made famous by Del Shannon in 1961. It was written by Shannon and keyboardist Max Crook, and became a major international hit. It is #466 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time from 2004.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of runaway in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of runaway in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of runaway in a Sentence

  1. Amy Schumer:

    People do recognize me on the street, but I have the same friends, and I go to the same restaurants, my publicists want to kill me because I dress like a newly homeless runaway.

  2. David Lee:

    I wasn't scared. I was ecstatic, we've been preparing for some time to have a runaway success.

  3. Kevin McCarthy:

    Because the Democrats have caused inflation, crime in our streets by defunding the police, runaway spending causing inflation, going after American energy and making the price of gas, causing inflation. This is a plan to fix the problems the Democrats have created, and I think the American public should have an election based upon ideas.

  4. Kevin McCarthy:

    It was an honor spending the August recess on the campaign trail with over 100 members and candidates. Throughout my travels from Oregon to Rhode Island, voters are fired up and ready to make their voices heard to stop Democrats' runaway inflation, secure our borders, and reduce the rise in violent crime.

  5. Peter Laatz:

    The influx of spending is like nothing we've ever seen before. I would have expected that to be potentially a little bit more measured, but it has been completely like literally a runaway train, they were sort of spraying money everywhere.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. fluster
    • B. gloat
    • C. descant
    • D. huff

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