Puny definition

pyo͝onē
(chiefly southern us) Sickly; ill.
adjective
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Of inferior size, strength, or importance; weak; slight.
adjective
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Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak.

A puny physique; puny excuses.

adjective
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(archaic) An inferior person; a subordinate.
noun
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The definition of puny is something insufficient in size or strength.

A small or tiny serving is an example of a puny serving.

A person who is small and weak is an example of someone who would be described as puny.

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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
puny
Comparative:
punier
Superlative:
puniest

Origin of puny

  • Variant of puisne

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Variant form of puisne.

    From Wiktionary