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puny

pu·ny

puny

 
 
pronunciation:
pyu ni
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: punier, puniest
definition: exceptionally small, weak, or insignificant.
He'd eaten little while in the hospital, and his arms had become puny.I don't want to hear any more of your puny excuses; just get the job done.She felt puny in her first meeting with all the bigwigs of the company.
synonyms:
feeble, weak
antonyms:
beefy, burly, herculean, husky, mighty, sinewy, strong, sturdy
similar words:
delicate, dwarfish, flimsy, fragile, frail, insignificant, paltry, poor, scrub, slight, small, stunted, trivial, underdeveloped, undersized
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derivation: puniness (n.)