puny

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From Middle French puisné. See puisne.

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puny (plural punies)

  1. (obsolete) A new pupil at a school etc.; a junior student.
  2. (obsolete) A younger person.
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      a law that the eldest or first borne child shall succeed and inherit all: where nothing at all is reserved for Punies, but obedience [].
  3. (obsolete) A beginner, a novice.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)
  4. (archaic) An inferior person; a subordinate.

Adjective[edit]

puny (comparative punier, superlative puniest)

  1. Of inferior size, strength or significance.
    • Shakespeare
      A puny subject strikes at thy great glory.
    • Keble
      Breezes laugh to scorn our puny speed.

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pugnus.

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Noun[edit]

puny m (plural punys)

  1. fist