puny

  • 1 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… …

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  • 2 Puny — Pu ny, n. A youth; a novice. [R.] Fuller. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 puny — index negligible, null (insignificant), paltry, petty Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 puny — Mot Monosíl·lab Nom masculí …

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  • 5 puny — 1540s, inferior in rank, from M.Fr. puîné, from O.Fr. puisné born later, younger (12c., contrasted with aisné first born ), from puis afterward (from V.L. *postius, from L. postea, from post after ) + O.Fr. né born, from L. natus …

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  • 6 puny — *petty, trivial, trifling, paltry, measly, picayunish, picayune Analogous words: feeble, *weak, frail, infirm: *small, little, diminutive: slight, tenuous (see THIN adj) …

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  • 7 puny — [adj] small, insignificant diminutive, feeble, fragile, frail, half pint*, inconsequential, inferior, infirm, little, measly*, minor, niggling*, nothing, paltry, peanut*, peewee*, petty, picayune, piddling*, pint sized*, runt, shrimp*, small fry* …

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  • 8 puny — ► ADJECTIVE (punier, puniest) 1) small and weak. 2) meagre. DERIVATIVES punily adverb puniness noun. ORIGIN phonetic spelling of PUISNE(Cf. ↑ …

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  • 9 puny — [pyo͞o′nē] adj. punier, puniest [Fr puîné, born later < OFr puisné < puis, after + né < L natus, born: see NATURE] of inferior size, strength, or importance; weak; slight …

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  • 10 puny — pu|ny [ˈpju:ni] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Old French; Origin: puisné younger , from puis afterward + né born ] 1.) a puny person is small, thin, and weak ▪ a puny little guy ▪ puny arms 2.) not effective or impressive puny effort/attempt …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 puny — UK [ˈpjuːnɪ] / US [ˈpjunɪ] adjective Word forms puny : adjective puny comparative punier superlative puniest 1) a puny person or animal is small, thin, and weak 2) poor in quality or amount, and not very effective or impressive their puny efforts …

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  • 12 puny — [[t]pju͟ːni[/t]] punier, puniest ADJ GRADED Someone or something that is puny is very small or weak. Our Kevin was a very puny lad, always dashing off to do weight training exercises to build up his body... The resources at the central banks… …

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  • 13 puny — pu|ny [ pjuni ] adjective 1. ) a puny person or animal is small, thin, and weak 2. ) poor in quality or amount, and not very effective or impressive: their puny efforts to stop the flooding …

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  • 14 puny — [16] Etymologically, puny means ‘born later’. It was borrowed from Old French puisne, a compound adjective formed from puis ‘afterwards’ and ne ‘born’ (a relative of English native, nature, etc). This signified ‘junior’, in which sense it was… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15 puny — adjective 1 small, thin, and weak: a puny little guy 2 unimpressive and ineffective: my own puny attempts at humour puniness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 puny — adjective 1) he had been a puny kid Syn: undersized, undernourished, underfed, stunted, slight, small, little; weak, feeble, sickly, delicate, frail, fragile; informal weedy, pint sized Ant …

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  • 17 puny — adjective 1) a puny boy Syn: small, weak, feeble, slight, undersized, stunted; informal weedy 2) their puny efforts Syn: pitiful, pitiable, miserable, sorry, meagre …

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  • 18 puny — [16] Etymologically, puny means ‘born later’. It was borrowed from Old French puisne, a compound adjective formed from puis ‘afterwards’ and ne ‘born’ (a relative of English native, nature, etc). This signified ‘junior’, in which sense it was… …

    Word origins

  • 19 puny — punily, adv. puniness, n. /pyooh nee/, adj., punier, puniest. 1. of less than normal size and strength; weak. 2. unimportant; insignificant; petty or minor: a puny excuse. 3. Obs. puisne. [1540 50; sp. var. of PUISNE] * * * …

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  • 20 puny — [ˈpjuːni] adj a puny person or animal is small, thin, and weak …

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