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Syllabification: pun
Pronunciation: /pən
 
/

noun

A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings: the pigs were a squeal (if you’ll forgive the pun)
More example sentences
  • By all reports, the mountain men love mountain women almost as much as winning rugby league games (a cheap pun based on no facts).
  • The name Cindy sounds like a near pun to cinders, which speaks again to the idea of complete destruction for the birth of some new work.
  • We can deduce whether a consonant was sounded from the way puns work.
Synonyms
play on words, wordplay, double entendre, innuendo, witticism, quip, bon mot

verb (puns, punning, punned)

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Make a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word: his first puzzle punned on composers, with answers like “Handel with care” and “Haydn go seek (as adjective punning) a punning riddle
More example sentences
  • There's some sort of joke / pun to be made here using the phrase ‘I'd give my eye teeth ’, but I can't figure out what it is.
  • There are some truly stupid sequel titles out there, which are either puns on the word ‘two’ or add some extra element to the original that lets you know it's a sequel.
  • Gas from a Burner is a poem which puns on the word gas.

Origin

mid 17th century: perhaps an abbreviation of obsolete pundigrion, as a fanciful alteration of punctilio.

Derivatives

punningly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Who else would write, let alone attempt to sing, a line such as ‘I hate verisimilitude’, or punningly entitle a song ‘Neil Jung’?
  • Actually it's punningly called Steps To The Stars because the show is presented to two members of teen sensation, Steps.
  • And Gertrude retaliates in kind when she punningly and pithily retorts: ‘We shall as soon get a fart from a dead man as a farthing of courtesy here.’

punster

2
Pronunciation: /ˈpənstər/
noun
Example sentences
  • But Norris also will be remembered as the ultimate pin punster and prankster.
  • For that, and for the delight of his surname which pleases headline writers and punsters everywhere, it is wonderful that Jim Butter - Fingers to his pals - will be with us for at least another season.
  • Larry, I just hope that all the punsters and pollsters and pundits are wrong, and it's not close.

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verb (puns, punning, punned)

[with object] British
Consolidate (earth or rubble) by pounding it.

Origin

mid 16th century: dialect variant of pound2.

Derivatives

punner

1
noun

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