Other forms: puniest; punier

Are your muscles looking small, weak, and totally inferior? In other words, puny? Sounds like somebody needs to eat more spinach.

Tiny, shrimpy, wimpy and totally unthreatening. That's puny in a nutshell — a very small, totally lame looking nutshell. It's most often used to describe someone's inferior physique, but can also apply to anything little that's not about to get in your way. A puny mountain would be no challenge to an Olympic skier, just as a puny plate of hot dogs would be laughable to a world speed-eating champion.

Definitions of puny
  1. adjective
    (used especially of persons) of inferior size
    synonyms: runty, shrimpy
    little, small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  2. adjective
    inferior in strength or significance
    “a puny physique”
    puny excuses”
    wanting in physical strength
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