Definition of puny adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpjuːni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːni//
    (punier, puniest) (disapproving)
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  1. 1small and weak synonym feeble The lamb was a puny little thing. Their plane made the others look puny. a rather puny man
  2. 2not very impressive They laughed at my puny efforts.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun denoting a younger or more junior person): phonetic spelling of puisne.
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