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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.

    The Wall of the 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.

    The Southland

  • 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.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • 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.

    ALONE With You

  • 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.

    Suffolk Chic

  • It's dumb politics to ridicule the puniness of the town where Palin served as mayor.

    David Quigg: Forgetting Sarah Palin

  • Passing between the corporeal portals of their womanly flesh, my pale-toned puniness frightened me.

    The Best American Poetry 2008

  • 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.

    Why Bother? « Gerry Canavan

  • 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.

    born again green beans

  • 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.

    Dostoevsky and the AWP | Goblin Mercantile Exchange


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