Meaning of “runner” in the English Dictionary

"runner" in British English

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runnernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈrʌn.ər/ us /ˈrʌn.ɚ/

runner noun [ C ] (GOING QUICKLY)

A2 someone who runs, especially in competitions:

a long-distance runner
See also

a horse running in a race

a person who works for someone by taking messages, collecting money, etc.

More examples

  • Given his age, he's a remarkably fast runner.
  • The runner collapsed just a few paces from the finish.
  • She has loads of natural talent as a runner and with rigorous training she could be a world-beater.
  • During the last lap of the race one of the runners began to pull ahead.
  • The runners set off at a blistering pace.


(Definition of “runner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"runner" in American English

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us /ˈrʌn·ər/

runner noun (BLADE)

runner noun (SHOE)

(Definition of “runner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)