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† runt, v.

Forms:  ME ront, ME runte. (Show Less)
Origin: Of unknown origin. Etymon: arunt v.
Etymology: Origin unknown. Compare arunt v.
The difference in meaning makes a connection with Old French runeter to whisper, to murmur (12th cent.) extremely unlikely.

  transitive. To berate, rebuke.

a1398   J. Trevisa tr. Bartholomaeus Anglicus De Proprietatibus Rerum (BL Add. 27944) (1975) I. vi. xiv. 311   He runtiþ [a1425 Morgan routeþ] and betiþ him ofte lest a drawe to euel maners.
c1450   J. Capgrave Life St. Katherine (Arun. 396) (1893) iii. 96   Euere his body wolde he chyde and ront [v.r. runte; rhyme wont, blont]: ‘What eyleth the now?’

a1398—c1450(Hide quotations)


This entry has been updated (OED Third Edition, March 2011).

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