[ pyoo-nee ]
/ ˈpyu ni /

adjective, pu·ni·er, pu·ni·est.

of less than normal size and strength; weak.
unimportant; insignificant; petty or minor: a puny excuse.
Obsolete. puisne.

Origin of puny

First recorded in 1540–50; spelling variant of puisne


pu·ni·ly, adverbpu·ni·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for puny

/ (ˈpjuːnɪ) /

adjective -nier or -niest

having a small physique or weakly constitution
paltry; insignificant

Derived forms of puny

punily, adverbpuniness, noun

Word Origin for puny

C16: from Old French puisne puisne
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