Etymology
Advertisement

runner-up (n.)

1842, originally in dog racing, "dog that loses only the final race;" see runner + up. The more general sense of "team or competitor that takes second place" is from 1885.

updated on October 22, 2021

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of runner-up from WordNet

runner-up (n.)
the competitor who finishes second;
Synonyms: second best
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.