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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PUNY

I am ashamed to kill such a puny little dwarf as you seem to be.

Pardon me for inserting these puny details in what I have to say.

Even we puny creatures can divine something of their birth and death.

Beauchene asked her as he looked at the pale, puny child on her arm.

What could man's law—his proud but puny morality—do to injure her?

And he shook his puny fist at the blue vault of heaven—Ajax defying Jupiter.

His friends thought he was puny, and they always told him so.

It was too puny a contest for him, and he reposed upon the consciousness of his own integrity.

How puny were the efforts of the five thousand air cruisers!

Lave the still water and the shallows to the weak and the puny.

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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