puniness


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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.
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

puniness

noun
Translations
ضَعْف، هُزال
mrňavost
skrøbelighed
véznaság
òaî aî vera veiklulegur
neduživosť
mecalsizlik

puniness

nSchwächlichkeit f, → Mickerigkeit f (pej)

puny

(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.
[...] [H]is 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 teach, on the puniness and nobility of mankind ...
We who loathed the booming war were accustomed to puniness. That we could suddenly be counted in five figures was, for the moment, enough to make us think that we might actually accomplish the impossibleend a war.
"She behaves strangely she has puniness will suffer weakness I can tell from her walking." (69; driver; wife in menopause).
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 ...