Definitions for: Pun


[n] a humorous play on words; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"
[v] make a play on words; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pun, v. t. [See Pound to beat.]
To pound. [Obs.]

He would pun thee into shivers with his fist. --Shak.


Pun, n. [Cf. Pun to pound, Pound to beat.]
A play on words which have the same sound but different
meanings; an expression in which two different applications
of a word present an odd or ludicrous idea; a kind of quibble
or equivocation. --Addison.

A better put on this word was made on the Beggar's
Opera, which, it was said, made Gay rich, and Rich gay.
--Walpole.


Pun, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Punned; p. pr. & vb. n.
Punning.]
To make puns, or a pun; to use a word in a double sense,
especially when the contrast of ideas is ludicrous; to play
upon words; to quibble. --Dryden.


Pun, v. t.
To persuade or affect by a pun. --Addison.

Synonyms: paronomasia, punning, wordplay

See Also: fun, jest, joke, play, sport

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