punier

puny

[pyoo-nee]
adjective, punier, puniest.
1.
of less than normal size and strength; weak.
2.
unimportant; insignificant; petty or minor: a puny excuse.
3.
Obsolete, puisne.

Origin:
1540–50; spelling variant of puisne

punily, adverb
puniness, noun
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puny (ˈpjuːnɪ)
 
adj , -nier, -niest
1.  having a small physique or weakly constitution
2.  paltry; insignificant
 
[C16: from Old French puisnepuisne]
 
'punily
 
adv
 
'puniness
 
n

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puny
1540s, "inferior in rank," from M.Fr. puîné, from O.Fr. puisné "born later, younger" (12c., contrasted with aisné "first-born"), from puis "afterward" (from V.L. *postius, from L. postea, from post "after") + O.Fr. né "born," from L. natus, pp. of nasci "be born" (Old
L. gnasci; see genus). Sense of "small, weak, insignificant" first recorded 1590s.
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