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adj. pu·ni·er, pu·ni·est
1. Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak: a puny physique; puny excuses.
2. Chiefly Southern US Sickly; ill.

[Variant of puisne.]

pu′ni·ly adv.
pu′ni·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puniness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolouspuniness - the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note
joke - a triviality not to be taken seriously; "I regarded his campaign for mayor as a joke"
2.puniness - smallness of stature
littleness, smallness - the property of having a relatively small size


ضَعْف، هُزال
òaî aî vera veiklulegur


nSchwächlichkeit f, → Mickerigkeit f (pej)


(ˈpjuːni) adjective
small and weak. a puny child.
ˈpunily adverb
ˈpuniness noun
References in classic literature ?
Out of his puniness and fright he challenged and menaced the whole wide world.
tolerance and the long view, an inconspicuously warm heart and cool judgment; his kind of doctor would be alive to the monstrous patterns of fate, and to the vain and comic denial of the inevitable; he would press the enfeebled pulse, hear the expiring breath, feel the fevered hand begin to cool and reflect, in the manner that only literature and religion could teach, on the puniness and nobility of mankind .
Repeatedly, he emphasizes the puniness of the hunters, which makes them no threat to the more powerful woods, which are "not quite inimical because [the hunters] were too small" (170).
Whether it was the toughness of the tree trunk, the bluntness of the axe, the puniness of our efforts or a combination of all three, the tree stood firm.