a person or team that finishes second in a race or competition; a person or team that has not finished first but that wins a prize Winner: Kay Hall. Runner-up: Chris Platts. They finished runners-up behind Sweden. The runners-up will all receive a £50 prize. Wordfinderclosing date, competition, disqualify, judge, prize, round, runner-up, submit, tiebreaker, winner See related entries: AthleticsExtra examples She had to be content with the runners-up position. She was last year’s runner-up to Sarah Jones. The mayor presented the medals to the winners and runners-up. There are three runners-up prizes of club shirts. They finished runners-up behind Italy. Twenty runners-up will receive a $50 book voucher.