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puny

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adjective pu·ny \ˈpyü-nē\

Simple Definition of puny

  • : small and weak

  • : not very large, impressive, or effective

Full Definition of puny

pu·ni·erpu·ni·est

  1. :  slight or inferior in power, size, or importance :  weak

pu·ni·ly play \ˈpyü-nə-lē\ adverb
pu·ni·ness play \ˈpyü-nē-nəs\ noun

Examples of puny

  1. I wouldn't mess with him—he makes bodybuilders look puny in comparison.

  2. We laughed at their puny attempt to trick us.



Origin of puny

Anglo-French puisné younger, weakly, literally, born afterward, from puis afterward + born


First Known Use: 1593

Rhymes with puny



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