Definition of puny in English:

puny

Syllabification: pu·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞onē
 
/

adjective (punier, puniest)

Derivatives

punily

Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞onl-ē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • And when, at the end of the first scene, the tribunes itemise the hero's flaws, Hicks is again visible making his detractors appear punily envious.
  • Two Mushtaqs of Pakistani cricket, both of who were punily built and bowled legspin, have totally diverging views though.

puniness

noun
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  • In the film, Macy's character was totally enclosed in the irony and yet we could identify with his desperate puniness without hoping for him to get away with his crime.
  • Besides, the point of the original version's visual extravagance was not to show off; it was to contrast the grandeur of the characters' silly young dreams with the puniness of their old, educated bitterness.
  • The book seems to be about the fear of death, the culture of death, the arrogance and puniness of men and women in the face of death, and even the defeat of death.

Origin

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

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