American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of inferior size, strength, or significance; weak: a puny physique; puny excuses.
- adj. Chiefly Southern U.S. Sickly; ill.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Later-born; younger; junior. See puisne, 1.
- Small and weak; inferior or imperfectly developed in size or strength; feeble; petty; insignificant.
- Synonyms Little, diminutive, stunted, starveling.
- n. A young, inexperienced person; a junior; a novice.
- n. A bedbug: same as punice.
- n. obsolete A new pupil at a school etc.; a junior student.
- n. obsolete A younger person.
- n. obsolete A beginner, a novice.
- n. archaic An inferior person; a subordinate.
- adj. Of inferior size, strength or significance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Imperfectly developed in size or vigor; small and feeble; inferior; petty.
- n. rare A youth; a novice.
- adj. inferior in strength or significance
- adj. (used especially of persons) of inferior size
- Variant form of puisne. (Wiktionary)
- Variant of puisne. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Actually p_eunny aka puny, Adolf Hitler started touting the same junk about national socialism in the 1920s.”
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