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. (Zol.) Any animal which is unusually small, as compared with others of its kind; -- applied particularly to domestic animals.
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2. (Zol.) A variety of domestic pigeon, related to the barb and carrier.
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3. A dwarf; also, a mean, despicable, boorish person; -- used opprobriously.
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Before I buy a bargain of such runts,
I'll buy a college for bears, and live among 'em.
Beau. & Fl.
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4. The dead stump of a tree; also, the stem of a plant. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
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Neither young poles nor old runts are durable.
Holland.
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