What does runner mean?

Definitions for runner
ˈrʌn ərrun·ner

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word runner.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. smuggler, runner, contrabandist, moon curser, moon-cursernoun

    someone who imports or exports without paying duties

  2. runnernoun

    someone who travels on foot by running

  3. runnernoun

    a person who is employed to deliver messages or documents

    "he sent a runner over with the contract"

  4. base runner, runnernoun

    a baseball player on the team at bat who is on base (or attempting to reach a base)

  5. stolon, runner, offsetnoun

    a horizontal branch from the base of plant that produces new plants from buds at its tips

  6. runnernoun

    a trained athlete who competes in foot races

  7. ball carrier, runnernoun

    (football) the player who is carrying (and trying to advance) the ball on an offensive play

  8. runnernoun

    a long narrow carpet

  9. runnernoun

    device consisting of the parts on which something can slide along

  10. runner, blue runner, Caranx crysosnoun

    fish of western Atlantic: Cape Cod to Brazil


  1. runnernoun

    Agent noun of run; somebody who runs.

  2. runnernoun

    A quick escape away from a scene.

    He did a runner after robbing the drugstore

  3. runnernoun

    A type of soft-soled shoe originally intended for runners, compare trainer; a sneaker.

  4. runnernoun

    A part of an apparatus that moves quickly

    After the cycle completes, the runner travels back quickly to be in place for the next cycle.

  5. runnernoun

    A mechanical part intended for wheels to run on or to slide against another surface.

  6. runnernoun

    A strip of fabric used to decorate a table.

    The red runner makes the table so festive.

  7. runnernoun

    A long, narrow carpet for a high traffic area such as a hall or stairs.

    How about we put down a clear runner in the front hall.

  8. runnernoun

    a player who runs for a batsman who is too injured to run; he is dressed exactly as the injured batsman, and carries a bat.

  9. runnernoun

    A player who runs the bases.

  10. runnernoun

    A person (from one or the other team) who runs out onto the field during the game to take verbal instructions from the coach to the players. A runner mustn't interfere with play, and may have to wear an identifying shirt to make clear his or her purpose on the field.

    The runner was out at second.

  11. runnernoun

    A part of a cigarette that is burning unevenly.

  12. runnernoun

    A long stolon sent out by a plant (such as strawberry), in order to root new plantlets.

  13. runnernoun

    A short sling with a karabiner on either end, used to link the climbing rope to a bolt or other protection such as a nut or friend.

  14. runnernoun

    A competitor in a poker tournament.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Runnernoun

    Etymology: from run.

    Fore-spent with toil, as runners with a race,
    I lay me down a little while to breathe. William Shakespeare.

    Here those that in the rapid course delight,
    The rival runners without order stand. Dryden.

    To Tonson or Lintot his lodgings are better known than to the runners of the post-office. Jonathan Swift, to Pope.

    In every root there will be one runner, which hath little buds on it, which may be cut into. John Mortimer.

    The mill goes much heavier by the stone they call the runner, being so large. John Mortimer.


  1. Runner

    This page is about the hit song recorded by Manfred Manns Earth Band, for the Cozy Tapes song see Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: FriendsThe Runner, also Runner, is a song written by Canadian rock musician Ian Thomas, his version released in 1981 on the album of the same name. It was also recorded by Manfred Mann's Earth Band, an artist known for making hits of reworked cover songs, and released as a single in 1984. It reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.


  1. runner

    A runner is an individual who engages in the sport of running, typically in events such as races or marathons, or for fitness and health benefits. This term can also refer to a person who runs errands or carries messages, usually in a work or sports context. In botany, a runner is a horizontal stem that grows along the ground and sends out roots and shoots from its nodes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Runnernoun

    one who, or that which, runs; a racer

  2. Runnernoun

    a detective

  3. Runnernoun

    a messenger

  4. Runnernoun

    a smuggler

  5. Runnernoun

    one employed to solicit patronage, as for a steamboat, hotel, shop, etc

  6. Runnernoun

    a slender trailing branch which takes root at the joints or end and there forms new plants, as in the strawberry and the common cinquefoil

  7. Runnernoun

    the rotating stone of a set of millstones

  8. Runnernoun

    a rope rove through a block and used to increase the mechanical power of a tackle

  9. Runnernoun

    one of the pieces on which a sled or sleigh slides; also the part or blade of a skate which slides on the ice

  10. Runnernoun

    a horizontal channel in a mold, through which the metal flows to the cavity formed by the pattern; also, the waste metal left in such a channel

  11. Runnernoun

    a trough or channel for leading molten metal from a furnace to a ladle, mold, or pig bed

  12. Runnernoun

    the movable piece to which the ribs of an umbrella are attached

  13. Runnernoun

    a food fish (Elagatis pinnulatus) of Florida and the West Indies; -- called also skipjack, shoemaker, and yellowtail. The name alludes to its rapid successive leaps from the water

  14. Runnernoun

    any cursorial bird

  15. Runnernoun

    a movable slab or rubber used in grinding or polishing a surface of stone

  16. Runnernoun

    a tool on which lenses are fastened in a group, for polishing or grinding

  17. Etymology: [From Run.]


  1. Runner

    Sheppard and his team attempt to locate Lieutenant Ford, only to find themselves captives of a former soldier who is being hunted by the Wraith.

Editors Contribution

  1. runner

    A person who likes to run.

    The runner was moving at speed and was very healthy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

  2. runner

    A type of product and footwear created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, shoe sizes and styles.

    The people of Ireland call their trainers runners.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 18, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Runner is ranked #17014 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Runner surname appeared 1,670 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Runner.

    83.9% or 1,402 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 168 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 43 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 28 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 15 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.8% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'runner' in Nouns Frequency: #2297

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of runner in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of runner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of runner in a Sentence

  1. Jayce Tingler:

    It was the first time Melancon’s really given up anything without an inherited runner, so to be able to pick him up after so many times he’s picked us up through the year, and then the magical finish there. this one feels like more than just a regular win.

  2. Newt Gingrich:

    He has certain habits that may have been appropriate at one time and are not appropriate now, he's gone from being an insurgent that people laughed at and a front-runner that people were amazed by to the potential nominee. That requires you to change your role as all this comes together.

  3. Tim Tadder:

    I try to portray [ subjects ] in a way in which I feel to me represents their power and strength, whether it's an 89-year-old marathon runner or is a 22-year-old NFL MVP... I don't approach them any different, while the shell might be aged, the spirit is undaunted.

  4. Ty Petersburg:

    Mountain lion attacks are not common in Colorado Parks and it is unfortunate that the lion's hunting instincts were triggered by the runner, this could have had a very different outcome.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    I think Hillary came in with the both privilege and burden of being perceived as the front-runner.

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