- a person, animal, etc. that is running away or has run away; specif.,
- a fugitive or deserter
- a horse, team of horses, etc. that has broken loose from control of the rider or driver
- a minor who has fled his or her home or family
- the act of running away
- a runaway race or victory
- running away or having run away; escaping, eloping, or breaking loose from control: runaway lovers, a runaway horse
- of or done by runaways or running away: a runaway marriage
- easily won, as a race, or decisive, as a victory
- rising rapidly, as prices
- characterized by an uncontrolled rise of prices: runaway inflation
- ⌂ relocated in order to evade agreements with a local union, local taxes, etc.: a runaway shop
- A person or animal that has run away.
- Something that has escaped control or proper confinement.
- Informal An easy victory.
- Escaping or having escaped restraint, captivity, or control: runaway horses; runaway children.
- Out of control: a runaway car; runaway inflation.
- Easily won: a runaway victory.
- A person or animal that runs away or has run away; a person, animal, or organization that escapes limitations.
- Runaway children are vulnerable to criminal exploitation.
- A train that is out of control.
- (usually attributive) An object or process that is out of control or out of equilibrium.
- The act of running away, especially of a horse or teams.
- There was a runaway yesterday.
- An overwhelming victory.
- The home side won in a runaway.
This word is frequently used attributively, as in "runaway X" to mean "an X which has run away" or "an X which is out of control".