runaway

A runaway is a person — often a child or teenager — who leaves home. A runaway is usually unhappy at home, and most runaways have families that are desperate to find them.

A kid who grabs some snacks and hides out all night in his neighbor's tree house is one kind of runaway — a more serious runaway is a teenager who hitchhikes to a city and lives on the street or in a shelter. You can also use the word as an adjective to mean "out of control," like a runaway car rolling down a hill with no driver, or a movie that's a runaway success, making more money than anyone thought possible.

Primary Meanings of runaway

1.
n
someone who flees from an uncongenial situation
2.
adj
completely out of control
3.
n
an easy victory
Full Definitions of runaway
1

n someone who flees from an uncongenial situation

Synonyms:
fleer, fugitive
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being
2

adj completely out of control

runaway inflation”
Synonyms:
uncontrolled
not being under control; out of control
3

n an easy victory

Synonyms:
blowout, laugher, romp, shoo-in, walkaway
Type of:
triumph, victory
a successful ending of a struggle or contest

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