Mighty NATO rains down bombs and bullets on Gaddafi's puny forces, but can't score a knockout.
But his standing in opinion polls is puny, and he has been targeted by Sarah Palin.
In the end, Shumlin led by a puny 2,434 votes, less than the 50 percent margin needed for victory under Vermont law.
Complete and utter accident of fate, the puny matter of his voter enrollment.
The man who becomes the father of a race of puny children, can be no friend to humanity.
Even we puny creatures can divine something of their birth and death.
A delicate child still, puny and sickly, petted and spoiled, indulged in every childish whim and caprice.
What could man's law—his proud but puny morality—do to injure her?
What else has given me the strength and courage of a man, when men would have left me to die, a puny child?
And he shook his puny fist at the blue vault of heaven—Ajax defying Jupiter.
1570s, "inferior in rank" (1540s as a noun, "junior pupil, freshman"), from Middle French puisné (Modern French puîné), from Old French puisne "born later, younger, youngest" (12c., contrasted with aisné "first-born"), from puis nez, from puis "afterward" (from Vulgar Latin *postius, from Latin postea "after this, hereafter," from post "after," see post-, + ea "there") + Old French né "born," from Latin natus, past participle of nasci "be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus). Sense of "small, weak, insignificant" first recorded 1590s. Cf. puisne. Related: Puniness.