adjective, punier, puniest.
of less than normal size and strength; weak.
unimportant; insignificant; petty or minor: a puny excuse.
Obsolete, puisne.

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]

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
Both times he was rejected as being too small and too puny.
Begin with a puny budget, considerable resistance and no big names.
In the event, the rhetoric sounded musty as ever, and the announced changes
  looked puny.
For example, the giant whale shark feasts on these puny animals.
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