adjective \ˈpyü-nē\

: small and weak

: not very large, impressive, or effective


Full Definition of PUNY

:  slight or inferior in power, size, or importance :  weak
pu·ni·ly \ˈpyü-nə-lē\ adverb
pu·ni·ness \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

Related to PUNY

bantam, diminutive, dinky, dwarfish, fine, half-pint, Lilliputian, little, pint-size (or pint-sized), pocket, pocket-size (also pocket-sized), small, pygmy, shrimpy, slight, smallish, subnormal, toylike, undersized (also undersize)
big, biggish, considerable, goodly, grand, great, handsome, husky, king-size (or king-sized), large, largish, outsize (also outsized), overscale (or overscaled), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, whacking, whopping


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