Examples of puny in a Sentence
I wouldn't mess with him—he makes bodybuilders look puny in comparison.
We laughed at their puny attempt to trick us.
Recent Examples of puny from the Web
But the implications of the case are anything but puny for Google and other tech giants.
Yet in the twenty-first century, only puny profits could be made that way.
Ninety-five years after that initial broadcast -- which was carried on a puny 10-watt signal -- WWL now broadcasts as a clear channel station on a mammoth 50,000-watt transmitter.
Despite its puny length for a par 3 that has no water hazard, the ninth hole will most likely take a star turn and be a featured element of the television broadcast this week when Erin Hills hosts its first major championship.
Residents and tourists alike have come to see the 6-foot, 7.2-inch king tide that rolls over the puny sea wall near the end of Market Street as a dramatic manifestation of sea level rise.
The performance of humans’ puny brains will be outmatched by computers within just 13 years, billionaire Elon Musk has claimed.
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Origin and Etymology of puny
Anglo-French puisné younger, weakly, literally, born afterward, from puis afterward + né born
First Known Use: circa 1577See Words from the same year
PUNY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of puny for English Language Learners
: small and weak
: not very large, impressive, or effective
PUNY Defined for Kids
Definition of puny for Students
1 : small and weak in size or power
2 : not very impressive or effective My boss gave me a puny raise.
History for puny
In medieval French puisné, literally, “born afterward,” was used to mean “younger” when talking about two people. Borrowed into English, puisne and the phonetic spelling puny came to be used of anyone in a position of less importance than another. By the time of the playwright William Shakespeare puny no longer suggested relative rank, but had come to mean “weak” or “feeble”—a meaning the word retains today.
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