pun, punning, wordplay, paronomasia(noun)
a humorous play on words
"I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"
A pun or play on words
Origin: From paronomasia, from παρονομασία, from παρα- + ὀνομασία.
a play upon words; a figure by which the same word is used in different senses, or words similar in sound are set in opposition to each other, so as to give antithetical force to the sentence; punning
Origin: [L., fr. Gr. , fr. to form a word by a slight change; para` beside + to name, fr. 'o`noma a name.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
par-ō-nō-mā′zhi-a, n. a rhetorical figure in which words similar in sound but different in meaning are set in opposition to each other: a play upon words—also Paronom′asy.—adjs. Paronomas′tic, -al.—ns. Par′onyme, Par′onym, a paronymous word—opp. to Homonym.—adj. Paron′ymous, formed by a slight change of word or name: derived from the same root: having the same sound, but different in spelling and meaning.—n. Paron′ymy, quality of being paronymous. [Gr. para, beside, onoma, name.]
The numerical value of paronomasia in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of paronomasia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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