/ˈrʌnə / (say 'runuh)

1. someone or something that runs.
2. a competitor in a race.
3. a messenger.
4. a messenger of a bank, broker, etc.
5. someone acting as collector, agent, or the like for a bank, broker, etc.
6. someone whose business it is to solicit patronage or trade.
7. someone who rounds up wild stock animals: a brumby runner.
8. something in or on which something else runs or moves, as the strips of wood that guide a drawer, the rails supporting the sliding seat of a rowing boat, etc.
9. either of the long pieces of wood or metal on which a sledge or the like slides.
10. the blade of a skate.
11. a sharp curved blade used to open a furrow for placing seed.
12. the rotating system of blades driven by the fluid passing through a reaction turbine.
13. a roller on which something moves along.
14. an operator or manager, as of a machine.
15. a long, narrow rug, suitable for a hall or staircase.
16. a long, narrow strip of linen, embroidery, lace, or the like, for placing across a table.
17. Botany
a. a slender, prostrate stem which throws out roots at its nodes or end, thus producing new plants.
b. a plant that spreads by such stems.
18. Shooting a bird that has been wounded so that it cannot fly and has to move to further cover on foot.
19. Foundrygate1 (def. 14).
20. a smuggling vessel.
21. runner bean.
22. jogger (def. 2).
23. (plural) Chiefly Qld women's sports briefs worn over underwear and under a skirt. Compare Especially Qld, NSW and WA bloomers (def. 3a); Chiefly Qld Colloquial bum shorts; Especially NSW and ACT scungies (def. 2).
24. Cricket a member of the batting side who runs for a teammate who is injured and unable to run, but who can still bat.
25. Australian Rules a person who is permitted to run onto the field of play to pass on instructions from the coach to a player, to take a drink to a player, etc.
26. do a runner, Colloquial
a. to run away, especially in anticipation of being caught out in some illegal activity.
b. to run away without paying for goods or services, as in a restaurant, petrol station, etc.
{run + -n- + -er1}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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