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- n. The quality of being puny
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being puny; littleness; pettiness; feebleness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being puny; littleness; pettiness; smallness with feebleness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
- n. smallness of stature
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Out of his puniness and fright he challenged and menaced the whole wide world.
As in his cubhood he had been made to feel his smallness and puniness on the day he first came in from the Wild to the village of Grey Beaver, so now, in his full-grown stature and pride of strength, he was made to feel small and puny.
There had been a call to rouse and put forth work, and I wrought with all the puniness of my might (woe is me!), and earned my post at the window that looks out upon the large things.
Tomasz felt as he did in the aftermath of a drunken night or when firing a recalcitrant worker, the surge of self-righteous energy replaced by a sense of his own puniness.
And as the recession bites into long-haul holiday budgets and the puniness of the pound deters Brits from making their usual treks to Tuscany or the Dordogne, it is hoping for a bumper summer this year.
It's dumb politics to ridicule the puniness of the town where Palin served as mayor.
Passing between the corporeal portals of their womanly flesh, my pale-toned puniness frightened me.
The immense disproportion between the magnitude of the problem Gore had described and the puniness of what he was asking us to do about it was enough to sink your heart.
They were overcooked to limp puniness, they sometimes came stewed in a tomato sauce this actually sounds good now that I'm telling it, but was repulsive at the time, and they squeaked against my teeth when I ate them.
Not infrequently it turns out that a writer to whom an extreme profundity of ideas had long been attributed, and from whom an extreme and serious influence upon the movement of society was expected, in the end displays such thinness and puniness in his basic little idea that no one is even sorry that he has managed to write himself out so quickly.
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