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.
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Gear: rear-entry Salomon boots, puny Rossignol slalom skis, and bindings cranked to eleven.
This act — this graceless, puny act — insults both the democratic ideal and the sporting ideal.
But India’s e-commerce market as a whole is worth a puny $15bn or so, compared with nearly $500bn in America and double that in China.
Friends and stuff: Despite the muscularity and ruggedness (or perhaps because of it), rear-seat passengers are limited to the puny.
The overall result, bosses grumble, is that American firms are puny in China, making 4% of their global sales there.
The ivy that snaked across the bookshelf and over the desk had started out as a miserable thing, cut back by a patient and given to Flaherty as both a prop and a gift: Its puny sprouts were meant to symbolize how ravaged the patient felt.
But this is just the toll from a bomb that is puny compared to modern nuclear missiles.
But one thing is for sure: This ain't no puny potato gun.
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PUNY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of puny for English Language Learners
: small and weak
: not very large, impressive, or effective
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