adjective, pu·ni·er, pu·ni·est.
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Origin of puny
OTHER WORDS FROM punypu·ni·ly, adverbpu·ni·ness, noun
Words nearby puny
Example sentences from the Web for puny
Without protection, puny electronic components in a robot don’t have a chance.This Soft Robot Stingray Just Explored the Deepest Point in the Ocean|Shelly Fan|March 9, 2021|Singularity Hub
It’s not because these puny males risk their lives for love.
This is why the visual-language data sets that exist are so puny.This could lead to the next big breakthrough in common sense AI|Karen Hao|November 6, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Prior to that data protection rules existed in the region but could be easily ignored, given puny penalties.UK watchdog reduces Marriott data breach fine to $23.8M, down from $123M|Natasha Lomas|October 30, 2020|TechCrunch
Take out that number, and Tesla’s total net income from autos, batteries, and services drops from a puny $104 million to a minus $300 million, or almost 5% of all-in sales.Tesla’s biggest profit center is dangerously close to running out of power|Shawn Tully|September 30, 2020|Fortune
In the end, Shumlin led by a puny 2,434 votes, less than the 50 percent margin needed for victory under Vermont law.
Complete and utter accident of fate, the puny matter of his voter enrollment.Republicans Are Racists? No, It’s Just All a Big Coincidence|Michael Tomasky|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The dark blue showing its liberal corollary is comparatively puny.October Surprise: Shadowy Conservative Groups Dominate Outside Spending|John Avlon|October 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But his standing in opinion polls is puny, and he has been targeted by Sarah Palin.
Mighty NATO rains down bombs and bullets on Gaddafi's puny forces, but can't score a knockout.
Mrs. Jordan, a British matron of solid proportions, passed down the path on the arm of a comparatively puny cavalier.The Daughters of Danaus|Mona Caird
Joey was puny and hairless as ever, but in Rose's face as she looked at him there was a flush of maternal tenderness and gravity.The Creators|May Sinclair
It can set him up with a semblance of bodily strength, when otherwise he would be puny and fragile.A Cursory History of Swearing|Julian Sharman
You can fin' her on Cannon Street, but I'll tell you dat she's pretty puny now, since her stroke.
No longer did his heavy battle axe seem to weigh on his puny arm.