punily


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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.
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Adv.1.punily - in a puny manner
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Translations
بِضَعْفٍ، بصورةٍ هَزيلَه
chatrně
veiklulega
chatrne
mecalsiz bir şekilde

puny

(ˈpjuːni) adjective
small and weak. a puny child.
ˈpunily adverb
ˈpuniness noun
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