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 for runt
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Runt \Runt\, n. [Written also rant.] [Scot. runt an old cow,
     an old, withered woman, a hardened stem or stalk, the trunk
     of a tree; cf. D. rund a bullock, an ox or cow, G. rind. Cf.
     Rother, a.]
     1. (Zool.) Any animal which is unusually small, as compared
        with others of its kind; -- applied particularly to
        domestic animals.
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     2. (Zool.) A variety of domestic pigeon, related to the barb
        and carrier.
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     3. A dwarf; also, a mean, despicable, boorish person; -- used
        opprobriously.
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              Before I buy a bargain of such runts,
              I'll buy a college for bears, and live among 'em.
                                                    --Beau. & Fl.
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     4. The dead stump of a tree; also, the stem of a plant. [Obs.
        or Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
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              Neither young poles nor old runts are durable.
                                                    --Holland.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  runt
      n 1: disparaging terms for small people [syn: runt, shrimp,
           peewee, half-pint]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "runt":
     Lilliputian, Tom Thumb, a nobody, a nothing, bantam, banty,
     brownie, button, chit, cipher, common man, diminutive, dummy,
     dwarf, elf, featherweight, figurehead, fingerling, gnome,
     homunculus, insignificancy, jackstraw, lightweight, lilliputian,
     little fellow, little guy, man of straw, manikin, mediocrity,
     midge, midget, mini, minikin, minnow, minny, mouse, nebbish,
     nobody one knows, nonentity, nubbin, obscurity, peewee, pip-squeak,
     pony, punk, pygmy, scrub, shrimp, slip, small fry, small potato,
     small potatoes, snip, snippet, squirt, squit, tit, wart, whiffet,
     whippersnapper, wisp
  
  

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