Part of speech: adjective

Weak and insignificant.

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Usage examples "puny":

  1. The strong stream laughed at the puny attempts to stem it, sweeping all such obstacles away, as it rushed down its appointed channel. - "Barren Honour: A Novel", George A. Lawrence.
  2. The whole fury of her puny vindictive nature was striving to be let loose. - "A Woman's Burden", Fergus Hume.
  3. Here she could be weak, here she could find a greater strength which made her own seem puny. - "The Explorer", W. Somerset Maugham.