What does runaway mean?

Definitions for runaway
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.


  1. Runaway

    Runaway is the debut single by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was originally recorded in 1981 for the so-called "Power Station Demos" at the beginning of singer Jon Bon Jovi's career, featuring the vocalist backed by session musicians. The song became a surprise hit in 1983 on WAPP-FM (now WKTU), leading to the formation of the first proper lineup of Bon Jovi for a short tour.


  1. runaway

    A runaway refers to a person or situation that is out of control and cannot be handled or managed. It is often used to describe someone, typically a minor, who has left their home or place of residence without the permission or knowledge of their parents or guardians. It can also refer to a situation, object or process that progresses rapidly and uncontrollably, such as a runaway train or runaway inflation.

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. Gaurang Shah:

    The market has already priced in a rate hike and we have corrected significantly, the problem will be if the Fed doesn't hike rates tonight, we won't see a runaway rally, we might see some minor sell-offs, but everyone is waiting for this (Fed meet) to get over.

  2. Marc Neveu:

    When ice is warmer and squishier, it becomes more responsive to tidal forces that deform it, mimas lacked the minimum amount of heat to start with to get tidal forces to trigger runaway heating.

  3. Wall Street.Scott Kessler:

    There are not a lot of high profile IPOs that have been runaway successes.

  4. Karissa McDonough:

    The fact of the matter is that for most of this modern era of Fed rate policy, we haven't had runaway inflation.

  5. 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.

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