Runt Runt, n. [Written also {rant}.] [Scot. runt an old cow, an old, withered woman, a hardened stem or stalk, the trunk of a tree; cf. D. rund a bullock, an ox or cow, G. rind. Cf. {Rother}, a.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any animal which is unusually small, as compared with others of its kind; -- applied particularly to domestic animals. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of domestic pigeon, related to the barb and carrier. [1913 Webster]

3. A dwarf; also, a mean, despicable, boorish person; -- used opprobriously. [1913 Webster]

Before I buy a bargain of such runts, I'll buy a college for bears, and live among 'em. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

4. The dead stump of a tree; also, the stem of a plant. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

Neither young poles nor old runts are durable. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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