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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

punpʌn(n.; v.)punned, pun•ning.

  1. (n.)the humorous use of a word or phrase so as to emphasize or suggest its different meanings or applications, or the use of words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but different in meaning; a play on words.

    Category: Rhetoric

  2. a word or phrase used in this way.

    Category: Rhetoric

  3. (v.i.)to make puns.

    Category: Rhetoric

Origin of pun:

1655–65; perh. identical with pun, var., now dial., of pound1, i.e., to mistreat (words)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pun, punning, wordplay, paronomasia(verb)

    a humorous play on words

    "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"

  2. pun(verb)

    make a play on words

    "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pun(noun)ʌn

    a word or phrase that can be understood in two ways


  1. pun(Noun)

    A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.

  2. pun(Verb)

    To tell a pun, to make a play on words.

    We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pun(verb)

    to pound

  2. Pun(noun)

    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

  3. Pun(verb)

    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

  4. Pun(verb)

    to persuade or affect by a pun


  1. Pun

    The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play which suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use and abuse of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism uses an incorrect expression that alludes to another expression, but a pun uses a correct expression that alludes to another expression. Henri Bergson defined a pun as a sentence or utterance in which "two different sets of ideas are expressed, and we are confronted with only one series of words". Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, given that their usage and meaning are entirely local to a particular language and its culture. For example, camping is intense. Puns are used to create humor and sometimes require a large vocabulary to understand. Puns have long been used by comedy writers, such as William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and George Carlin. The Roman playwright Plautus is famous for his tendency to make up and change the meaning of words to create puns in Latin.

Anagrams of PUN

  1. UPN

Translations for PUN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of joke in which words are used that have a similar sound, but a different meaning

One example of a pun would be `A pun is a punishable offence'.

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