What does the word puny mean?

Usage examples for 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 by George A. Lawrence
  2. The whole fury of her puny vindictive nature was striving to be let loose. – A Woman's Burden by Fergus Hume
  3. Here she could be weak, here she could find a greater strength which made her own seem puny. – The Explorer by W. Somerset Maugham