Definition of runagate in English:

runagate

noun

archaic
  • A person who has run away; a deserter.

    • ‘The runagate demanded of her in her own language, whether her father were in the garden, or no.’
    • ‘I found this runagate at Vienna.’
    • ‘We are bought and sold like apes or monkeys, to be the sport of women, fools, and cowards; and the support of rogues and runagates.’
    • ‘He is a runagate, and worse than a rogue.’
    • ‘Floyd is not only a thief, but a runagate - light-footed as well as light-fingered.’
    fugitive, escaper, escapee
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Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of dialect renegate, from medieval Latin renegatus renounced: see renegade.

Pronunciation:

runagate

/ˈrʌnəɡeɪt/