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Out of his puniness and fright he challenged and menaced the whole wide world.

This then was what he had come out to find, he in his puniness!

Puniness, pū′ni-nes, n. the state or quality of being puny or feeble: smallness: pettiness.

In its present puniness it was no more than a reminder of the brave stream of the springtime.

Nothing could exceed the emaciation and puniness of the little creature, and the mother was carrying it about upon a pillow.

WORD ORIGIN

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 "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.

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