What does paronomasia mean?

Definitions for paronomasiaˌpær ə noʊˈmeɪ ʒə, -ʒi ə, -zi ə

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    a humorous play on words

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


  1. paronomasia(Noun)

    A pun or play on words

  2. Origin: From paronomasia, from παρονομασία, from παρα- + ὀνομασία.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paronomasia(noun)

    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

  2. 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

  1. Paronomasia

    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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paronomasia in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paronomasia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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