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pu·ny

 (pyo͞o′nē)
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.

puny

(ˈpjuːnɪ)
adj, -nier or -niest
1. having a small physique or weakly constitution
2. paltry; insignificant
[C16: from Old French puisne puisne]
ˈpunily adv
ˈpuniness n

pu•ny

(ˈpyu ni)

adj. -ni•er, -ni•est.
1. of less than normal size and strength; weak.
2. unimportant; insignificant: a puny excuse.
[1540–50; orig. sp. variant of puisne]
pu′ni•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.puny - inferior in strength or significance; "a puny physique"; "puny excuses"
weak - wanting in physical strength; "a weak pillar"
2.puny - (used especially of persons) of inferior size
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

puny

adjective
1. feeble, weak, frail, little, tiny, weakly, stunted, diminutive, sickly, undeveloped, pint-sized (informal), undersized, underfed, dwarfish, pygmy or pigmy Our Kevin has always been a puny lad.
feeble strong, powerful, healthy, robust, hefty (informal), sturdy, burly, husky (informal), well-developed, well-built, brawny
2. insignificant, minor, petty, inferior, trivial, worthless, trifling, paltry, inconsequential, piddling (informal) the puny resources at our disposal

puny

adjective
2. Conspicuously deficient in quantity, fullness, or extent:
Slang: measly.
Translations
ضَعيف البُنْيَه، هَزيل
drobnýneduživý
lillesvag
veiklulegur
menkutis
sīksvārgulīgs
çelimsizmecalsiz

puny

[ˈpjuːnɪ] ADJ (punier (compar) (puniest (superl))) → enclenque, endeble

puny

[ˈpjuːni] adj
(physically) [person, arms] → chétif/ive
(= derisory) [effort] → dérisoire; [number, amount] → dérisoire

puny

adj (+er) (= weak) personschwächlich, mick(e)rig (pej); effortkläglich; resourceskläglich, winzig

puny

[ˈpjuːnɪ] adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (person) → gracile, striminzito/a; (effort) → penoso/a

puny

(ˈpjuːni) adjective
small and weak. a puny child.
ˈpunily adverb
ˈpuniness noun
References in classic literature ?
If the children gathered about her, as they sometimes did, Pearl would grow positively terrible in her puny wrath, snatching up stones to fling at them, with shrill, incoherent exclamations, that made her mother tremble, because they had so much the sound of a witch's anathemas in some unknown tongue.
Your mere puny stripling, that winced at the least flourish of the rod, was passed by with indulgence; but the claims of justice were satisfied by inflicting a double portion on some little tough wrong headed, broad-skirted Dutch urchin, who sulked and swelled and grew dogged and sullen beneath the birch.
That is well enough for men like you," he would say, "silpnas, puny fellows--but my back is broad.
Poor, puny things, not fit to stir a step beyond papa's park gates: nor to go even so far without mama's permission and guardianship
If he loved with all the powers of his puny being, he couldn't love as much in eighty years as I could in a day.
Then he was gone; and the door was locked outside; and I was lying, fevered and hot, and torn, and sore, and raging in my puny way, upon the floor.
But, just as there WAS the realm of Flatland, though that poor puny Lineland Monarch could neither turn to left nor right to discern it, and just as there WAS close at hand, and touching my frame, the land of Three Dimensions, though I, blind senseless wretch, had no power to touch it, no eye in my interior to discern it, so of a surety there is a Fourth Dimension, which my Lord perceives with the inner eye of thought.
But how puny and harmless they now looked beside this huge and terrific incarnation of hate, of vengeance and of death.
Then he rose, expanded his great chest and strutted back and forth along a substantial branch, for even a puny thing like this she of Korak's might admire his fine coat and his graceful carriage.
He felt that he and his companions were being taunted and derided from sincere convic- tions that they were poor and puny.
No puny obstacle could thwart the all-destroying, infernal flame which is eating into my exhausted breast
His mother stood looking on, with a sad kind of a smile on her lips and in her eyes, to see the zealous and yet puny efforts of her little boy.