15 other words for ‘run’

When you want to describe how to move quickly, the word ‘run’ comes to mind. However, ‘run’ is used very frequently in English, and there are many other words that you can use instead to be more specific and make your writing more interesting.

If you want to talk about running slowly, try these words:

  • jog                  My grandad still goes out jogging every day.
  • trot                 Her brother trotted downstairs to answer the door.

There are a number of synonyms you can choose from to talk about running quickly:

  • bolt                 As soon as I had finished speaking, he bolted out of the room.
  • dart                 When the vet turned round, the cat darted for the door.
  • dash               Suddenly she dashed out into the garden.
  • gallop             They were galloping around the park playing football.
  • hurry              Claire hurried along the road.
  • race                They raced away out of sight.
  • rush                Someone inside the building rushed out.
  • sprint             On the last lap, Tyrone sprinted for the finish.
  • tear                 Although my sister tore down the road, her friend had disappeared.

Other synonyms for ‘run’ are more descriptive about the style of running:

  • career             Out of control, the horse and cart careered down the hill.
  • lollop              The dog came lolloping up to meet me.
  • lumber            The great carthorse lumbered down the road pulling the wagon.
  • scurry             Rain sent the players scurrying for cover.

Look at the Thesaurus entry for run to find synonyms for other meanings of this word!

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