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Wordnet 3.0


1. inferior in strength or significance;
- Example: "a puny physique"
- Example: "puny excuses"

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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. [1913 Webster] A puny subject strikes at thy great glory. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Breezes laugh to scorn our puny speed. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Puny \Pu"ny\, n. A youth; a novice. [R.] --Fuller. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

puny adj 1: inferior in strength or significance; "a puny physique"; "puny excuses" 2: (used especially of persons) of inferior size [syn: puny, runty, shrimpy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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