The definition of a runner up is a person who finishes second in a race or other competition.
An example of a runner up is a person who wins the silver medal at the Olympics instead of the gold.
- a person or team that finishes second in a race, contest, tournament, etc.
- any of those finishing behind the winner but in positions of contention
One that takes second place or finishes just behind another, as in a game, sport, or other competition.
(plural runners-up or runner-ups)
(plural runners up)
- Alternative spelling of runner-up.