(also written: ‘run-away’; plural: ‘runaways‘; for the right pronunciation of this word, please click here)
a person, usually a minor, who goes/runs away from home without telling or getting permission from his/her parents or relatives;
The police have been looking for a runaway who left home a week ago to escape punishment for breaking an expensive flower vase.
There are several government and non-government agencies that help young runaways who find themselves lost after their initial urge to run from homes dies down and the money they have runs out.
Parents are advised to report their runaways immediately so that the police can track them down before those runaways get into some serious trouble, such as falling into the traps of drug dealers, pimps and human traffickers!