[ UK /ɹˈʌnti/ ]
  1. well below average height
  2. (used especially of persons) of inferior size
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How To Use runty In A Sentence

  • Now, for the butterless menu: Xavier Domingo started his writing career as a runty kid writing anti-Franco pieces from Paris, then later joined, as I did, the staff of Cambio 16 in Madrid. Barbara Probst Solomon: On Julie & Julia, the Fake Movieland France and My Non-Buttery Menu
  • The log cabin, set in a gall in the middle of an old field all grown up in sassafras, was not a very inviting-looking place; a few hens loitering about the new hen-house, a brood of half-grown chickens picking in the grass and watching the door, and a runty pig tied to a "stob," were the only signs of thrift; yet the face of the woman cleared up as she gazed about her and afar off, where the gleam of green made a pleasant spot, where the corn grew in the river bottom; for it was her home, and the best of all was she thought it belonged to them. Short Story Classics (American) Vol. 2
  • The stalks that remain support runty, shriveled buds.
  • I discovered we have the dreaded Fallopia japonica aka Japanese knotweed, aargh, so that was A Bad Thing; but also found a small and runty Kerria japonica aka batchelors’ buttons or Abraham’s buttonhole, a funny straggly flowering shrub that I happen to be very fond of and intend to nurture, and some self-sown calendulas, which were A Good Thing. Reflective on Tuesday
  • The stalks that remain support runty, shriveled buds.
  • Petrucci, always serene and kind, took no notice of these little changes, but they were particularly irritating to Miss Prunty, who was, after all, only four years older than the signorino. Tales from Many Sources Vol. V
  • Miss Prunty had on her starchiest collar and most formal tie. Tales from Many Sources Vol. V
  • There's talk of simply replacing the transmission with a welded-on short shaft and going with direct drive, which might work just fine with a grunty torquer of an FE motor. Jalopnik
  • In fact, the as-yet-unbuilt yacht is so big, it's actually a "Gigayacht", the press release adds, with a touch of gasconade--as though the author of the release said to himself "hang on old chap, megayacht sounds a bit runty", and went one bigger. Abramovich Speculated To Be Buyer Of Gigayacht
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