Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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RUNK, n.3 1. A descriptive term applied to anything especially large or bulky, a big clumsy animal or person, a large wave or heavy swell at sea (Sh. 1968). Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928):
A runk o' a body, a runk o' a baess, a runk o' a sea.
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
A muckle runk o' a man.

2. A lump, esp. a lump on the head (Ork. 1929 Marw.).

[For 2., cf. Faer. runkur, a knob or lump on a bone, Meaning 1. may be rather an extended use of Runk, n.1]

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