Definition of runny in English:



  • 1More liquid than is usual or expected.

    ‘the soufflé was hard on top and quite runny underneath’
    • ‘The mango and Brie parcels went down equally well, with the sweet mango purée complementing the hot runny Brie inside the filo pastry, which was crisp and light, despite having been deep-fried.’
    • ‘I think a bit of heat helps a lot of cheese, and nothing can beat a runny Raclette, or melting Fontina or Reblochon over hot buttery potato slices that have caught slightly.’
    • ‘Visitors were given the possibility of pressing the button to transform the fish into a runny liquid.’
    • ‘The staff of the Orchids tea room were so delightful that I went away beaming and saying ‘yes everything was fine’, when with hindsight the bread was plastic and the cauliflower cheese runny.’
    • ‘The next day, put all the peppers and tomatoes in a liquidiser and turn them into a thick, runny paste.’
    • ‘Desserts came up trumps with a nicely runny, heavily vanilla - beaned creme brûlée and a clay pot of comforting warm Bramley apple compote, topped with a slightly too firm but agreeable rice pudding with a caramel lid.’
    • ‘Oversaturated with oxygen-carrying red cells, the EPO-user's blood can thicken to the consistency of runny jam, clogging the arteries, and putting the heart under immense strain.’
    • ‘Serve these with the Yorkshire pudding immediately after it is cooked - cutting slices as you would from a cake - along with plenty of clotted cream, ice cream or yogurt and runny honey.’
    • ‘Add to the point where the glaze is a little on the runny side, but not too thin where it won't stick to your brush.’
    • ‘The burgers are so flat they look like they've been run over by a Mack truck: thin patties, thin buns, thin slices of cheese and a thin runny sauce with meat bits in it.’
    • ‘The béarnaise sauce was now so thin and runny it had the consistency of water and didn't taste good at all.’
    • ‘It has been two days since I've eaten, and even then it was only a small bowl of thin, runny gruel.’
    • ‘If it's runny, you will get a thin layer of glazing.’
    • ‘Unlike the runny texture of most honeys, the gel-like consistency of heather honey means that, to form a set honey, it needs the addition of a more common honey, such as rapeseed, which granulates more quickly.’
    • ‘These stains are generally thin and runny, so application can be messy.’
    • ‘Eat them at once on rustic toast, or as a component in a traditional cooked breakfast (great with runny scrambled eggs), or in a salad with bitter greens and lardons of smoked bacon.’
    • ‘It was thick without being stodgy, yet thin without being runny.’
    • ‘The butter needs to be very soft, almost runny, but not melted.’
    • ‘Eggs should be just past the runny stage but after standing for 1-2 minutes, they will be set and will look similar to conventionally cooked eggs.’
    • ‘The tomato sauce on the deep-dish is known to be chunky; for those of you who like thin, runny stuff, I think the thin crust isn't as bad.’
    liquefied, liquid, fluid, melted, molten, flowing
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  • 2(of a person's nose) producing or discharging mucus.

    • ‘Despite normal pollen levels for the time of year, people who have never suffered before have suddenly developed flu-like symptoms - sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes.’
    • ‘The other gives people a bit a headache and runny nose (or better still - no illness at all.)’
    • ‘The virus usually causes severely matted eyes, runny noses and pneumonia, spreading from animal to animal through direct contact with body fluids or by scratching, clawing or biting.’
    • ‘Measles is a highly contagious viral infection with symptoms appearing seven to 14 days after infection with fever, runny nose, sore throat, hacking cough and red eyes.’
    • ‘A runny nose, a sneeze, and some mucus in the eyes might be all that signals the disease's arrival.’
    • ‘I just looked up the symptoms of cat flu - which are sneezing, a runny nose and discharge from the eyes.’
    • ‘I've long since passed the violent sneezing and endlessly flowing runny noise phase.’
    • ‘Typical flu symptoms include: fever, headache, loss of appetite, muscle pain, fatigue, chills, dry cough, and sometimes a sore throat and runny nose.’
    • ‘An early and telltale sign of the disease is a severe runny nose and often a custardlike discharge that eventually encrusts the afflicted animal's muzzle.’
    • ‘Patients suffering from cold can have symptoms ranging from dryness and pain in the throat, sneezing, runny nose, chills, fever, fatigue and joint pain.’
    • ‘Your sinus cavities produce mucus to help expel viruses, so a runny nose is actually desirable.’
    • ‘However, some patients seek help late in the season, when their symptoms have progressed from a runny nose to sticky yellow mucus with red, hot itchy and swollen eyes.’
    • ‘A runny nose and yellow or green mucus do not necessarily mean you need an antibiotic.’
    • ‘I am six months pregnant and I'm suffering badly from nasal congestion and a runny nose (with clear mucus).’
    • ‘According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny nose or body aches.’
    • ‘Despite reassurances, New Yorkers streamed into the emergency rooms at the city's St Vincent's Hospital, wanting to know whether their sore throats and runny noses were symptoms.’
    • ‘If you have a runny nose or a cough and take garlic your body becomes a more unpleasant environment for germs and they high-tail it out of you.’
    • ‘Influenza, or the flu, is an infectious and contagious respiratory disease leading to symptoms from a simple dry cough, runny nose and sore throat to a fever or chills.’
    • ‘It has identical symptoms to other flu viruses, making it hard to detect, including a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, fever, chills, headaches or aching muscles.’
    • ‘Symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, cough, muscle pain, fever, bloodshot eyes, tiny white spots inside the mouth, sensitivity to light.’