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.

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. Shari Runner:

    Critics quickly called him out for what they dubbed tone-deaf comments, in which he seemed to be blaming the victims. Shari Runner, former president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League, deemed the remarks insensitive. I can not see the victims of racist policies and bigoted practices shamed by anyone who says they need to do better or be better in their circumstance. I wo n’t accept it, i think for the mayor to make a generalization about a community is more than just misspoken, Kwame Raoul said, it's outright wrong.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I wasn't one who thought I was a front-runner, i have to go out and tell the Jeb story. People know me as George's boy and George's brother. They don't know that I was an effective conservative governor that disrupted the old order in Florida and made big changes.

  3. Jonathan Cane:

    Even the most focused and disciplined runner will zone out at times.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    Look, Trump's the front-runner and there's a jump ball for second with five candidates and that will be sorted out over the next few weeks.

  5. Bonnie August:

    My job listing says runner.

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    the verbal act of urging on
    • A. allogamy
    • B. instigation
    • C. epiphora
    • D. exponent

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