Definition of runny in US English:



  • 1Somewhat liquid; not firm.

    ‘the soufflé was hard on top and quite runny underneath’
    • ‘The next day, put all the peppers and tomatoes in a liquidiser and turn them into a thick, runny paste.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has been two days since I've eaten, and even then it was only a small bowl of thin, runny gruel.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was thick without being stodgy, yet thin without being runny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These stains are generally thin and runny, so application can be messy.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If it's runny, you will get a thin layer of glazing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The butter needs to be very soft, almost runny, but not melted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The béarnaise sauce was now so thin and runny it had the consistency of water and didn't taste good at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Visitors were given the possibility of pressing the button to transform the fish into a runny liquid.’
    liquefied, liquid, fluid, melted, molten, flowing
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  • 2(of a person's nose) producing or discharging mucus; running.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am six months pregnant and I'm suffering badly from nasal congestion and a runny nose (with clear mucus).’
    • ‘A runny nose and yellow or green mucus do not necessarily mean you need an antibiotic.’
    • ‘Patients suffering from cold can have symptoms ranging from dryness and pain in the throat, sneezing, runny nose, chills, fever, fatigue and joint pain.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The other gives people a bit a headache and runny nose (or better still - no illness at all.)’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Symptoms include sore throat, runny nose, cough, muscle pain, fever, bloodshot eyes, tiny white spots inside the mouth, sensitivity to light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Typical flu symptoms include: fever, headache, loss of appetite, muscle pain, fatigue, chills, dry cough, and sometimes a sore throat and runny nose.’
    • ‘Your sinus cavities produce mucus to help expel viruses, so a runny nose is actually desirable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I've long since passed the violent sneezing and endlessly flowing runny noise phase.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just looked up the symptoms of cat flu - which are sneezing, a runny nose and discharge from the eyes.’
    • ‘According to the Centers for Disease Control, flu symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, cough, sore throat, runny nose or body aches.’
    • ‘A runny nose, a sneeze, and some mucus in the eyes might be all that signals the disease's arrival.’
    1. 2.1 Dripping.
      ‘a runny spout’
      • ‘Don’t worry about your runny faucet or the drywall that you do not want to hang.’