Puniest
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 feeble; inferior; petty. [1913 Webster]

A puny subject strikes at thy great glory. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Breezes laugh to scorn our puny speed. --Keble. [1913 Webster]


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  • puniest — pu·ny || pjuːnɪ adj. weak, feeble; small, little; trivial, petty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • puniest — superlative of puny …   Useful english dictionary

  • Punier — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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] * * * …   Universalium

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • puny — [ pju:ni] adjective (punier, puniest) 1》 small and weak. 2》 small in amount or size; meagre. Derivatives punily adverb puniness noun Origin C16 (asnoun denoting a younger or more junior person): phonetic spelling of …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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 …   English dictionary

  • puny — /ˈpjuni / (say pyoohnee) adjective (punier, puniest) 1. of less than normal size and strength; weakly. 2. petty; insignificant. 3. Obsolete puisne. {variant of puisne} –punily, adverb –puniness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

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