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Puny \Pu"ny\, a. [Compar. Punier; superl. Puniest.] [F. pu[^i]t['e] younger, later born, OF. puisn['e]; puis afterwards (L. post; see Post-) + n['e] born, L. natus. See Natal, and cf. Puisne.] Imperfectly developed in size or vigor; small and feeble; inferior; petty.

A puny subject strikes at thy great glory.

Breezes laugh to scorn our puny speed.


a. (en-comparativepuny)

  1. adj. inferior in strength or significance; "a puny physique"; "puny excuses"

  2. (used especially of persons) of inferior size [syn: runty, shrimpy]

  3. [also: puniest, punier]


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Usage examples of "punier".

Before long he shamed the adult owners of punier craft away from his sea.

For Bert Skirvel, the puny human who had been in that car, was also gone, along with the even punier bundles of loot that marked the profits of his final bank robbery!

I ask how this priest, whose salary is even punier than mine, is supposed to pay our fees?

His punier brethren quaked before his tail, Broad as a rafter, potent as a flail.

These, besides being generally punier than any other cows in Shreveport right now, were resting from their long hike, all lying still and quiet, not even ruminating.