Definition of wordplay in English:

wordplay

Line breaks: word|play
Pronunciation: /ˈwəːdpleɪ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • The witty exploitation of the meanings and ambiguities of words, especially in puns: so many of the jokes are based on wordplay
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    • But instead of name calling and personal attacks, the weapons of choice are logic, wordplay and witty repartee.
    • No, stop it, George - really, you're killing us with your witty wordplay.
    • However, anyone up for catchy tunes and witty wordplay will be rewarded by this album's warm left-field charm and intelligence.
    Synonyms
    punning, puns, double entendres, play on words; wit, witticisms, repartee
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