Definition of puny in English:

puny

adjective

  • 1Small and weak.

    ‘white-faced, puny children’
    • ‘The Viking soldiers tried to attack but most had fled and the others were weak and puny.’
    • ‘You've got muscly legs, which are the size of pins, and muscly arms, which are puny!’
    • ‘If he was a puny bloke, I'd carry the heavy things.’
    • ‘After a few hours, the muscles on my pathetically puny arms were beginning to ache.’
    • ‘Father never really liked me, because I was weak and puny, the smallest amongst all my siblings.’
    • ‘In Angel's mind, she thought Gunther was short and puny but sweet.’
    • ‘Their gigantic footballers have seen off the puny English opposition.’
    • ‘They had been beaten by a puny little girl, at least eight inches shorter and scrawny.’
    • ‘Despite being puny, I could beat all the boys at school.’
    • ‘His size might've been puny, but his strength and his lust for battle made up for it all.’
    • ‘Surely, as this puny, completely drunk man lay on top of that poor child, any one of them could have yanked him off?’
    • ‘He has a puny physique, so he cannot be only an action hero,.’
    • ‘But a too short, too skinny, too old quarterback with a puny arm could be changing that.’
    • ‘The females, for whom size apparently does matter, find the males puny and unappealing.’
    • ‘Grendel, a puny lean man with a wicked narrow face and a long nose, was enjoying a pink bubbling liquid in a gold bath.’
    • ‘All the youngsters look terribly puny, as if they need to sign up for a bodybuilding course.’
    • ‘Can you imagine Sachin Tendulkar being reduced to tears by some puny little coach?’
    • ‘He is a dreamer, a schemer, but truth is young Ruskin is puny, skinny and, in the tradition of geeky leads, he wears glasses.’
    • ‘One of the truly distressing studies of recent times showed that a majority of Scottish men choose to be overweight because they don't want to appear puny.’
    pitiful, pitiable, inadequate, negligible, insufficient, scant, scanty, derisory, miserable, sorry, wretched, meagre, paltry, trifling, trivial, insignificant, inconsequential, petty
    undersized, underdeveloped, undernourished, underfed, stunted, slight, small, little, diminutive, dwarfish, pygmy
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    1. 1.1Poor in quality, amount, or size.
      ‘the army was reduced to a puny 100,000 men’
      • ‘My lack of faith and fear about writing now seemed puny and indefensible.’
      • ‘Severe infections result in pale, puny reds and weak whites.’
      • ‘It had to be puny if a relatively weak top break handgun mechanism could safely hold it.’
      • ‘It is simply not worth the hassle to deal in such a puny amount - dealing costs will take out a hefty chunk of any profit on the shares.’
      • ‘The answer that, ‘We are too puny to understand the purposes of God’ is not an explanation.’
      • ‘Her list of credits would make your puny little life look like a bad joke.’
      • ‘With a puny drive and paltry track record, he has only accuracy off the tee to commend him, but it has not prevented the galleries accepting him as one of their own.’
      • ‘It is to his puny praise and pathetic shopping list of desires that God, the Creator of All, elects to listen to daily.’
      • ‘Any potential increase in engine power will always be puny in comparison to the amount of drag faced.’
      • ‘Third, stay in the book business long enough to change the market dynamic and plow all those pitifully puny stores under.’
      • ‘Do my insane ramblings ring a delicate bell in your puny, thoughtless brain?’
      • ‘James Brown has funk power, and had it even when his bands were playing through puny PA systems in rooms that were too large for them.’
      • ‘The reaction so far has been a sweeping condemnation of the team's hitters, who are described as inept and puny and feeble.’
      • ‘They show how puny the supposed threat can seem, how feeble strutting columns of third world soldiery can abruptly become.’
      • ‘At a gut level, however, $35 million sounds puny compared to the devastation in the region.’
      • ‘Your pathetic and puny mind is incapable of any true thought, and merely lurches from situation to situation.’
      • ‘A starter confit of duck turned out to be one very puny, dry and underseasoned duck leg which tasted roasted not preserved in salt and fat as a proper confit should be.’
      • ‘It is a reminder that for all that the human race has accomplished in increasing its power over the environment, it is still puny in the face of the great natural forces.’
      • ‘But Stack carries the comic weight of the show on his puny underdeveloped shoulders and succeeds as an Atlas of anarchy.’
      • ‘Japanese policemen's guns are small and sort of puny.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting a younger or more junior person): phonetic spelling of puisne.

Pronunciation:

puny

/ˈpjuːni/