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Definitions of pun

  1. a humorous play on words; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. make a play on words; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To pound. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To persuade or affect by a pun. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A play on words. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. To play on words similar in sound but having a different meaning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Punned. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Punning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To play upon words similar in sound but different in meaning:-pr.p. punning; pa.t. and pa.p. punned. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. A play upon words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To make puns. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. To make a play on words. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The use of a word in two senses. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. A play upon words that are similar in sound but different in meaning. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. To persuade by a pun. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To play upon words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A play upon words that agree or resemble in sound, but differ in meaning, by applying them in an odd or ludicrous sense; a kind of wit by quibbling on words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. To make or utter puns; to quibble on words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. pun, v.t. (Shak.) to pound. [Cf. Pound.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. pun, v.i. to play upon words similar in sound but different in meaning so as to produce a ludicrous idea:--pr.p. pun'ning; pa.t. and pa.p. punned.--n. a play upon words.--ns. PUN'NAGE, PUN'NING, the act or habit of punning. [Ety. dub.; prob. to beat words=pound, to beat, from A.S. punian, to pound.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. Humorous use of word to suggest different meanings, or of words of same sound with different meanings, play on words; (v.i.) make pp. (upon word, subject). Hence punningly adv. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. Consolidate (earth, rubble) by pounding or ramming; work up to proper consistency with punner. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. n. [English, Anglo-Saxon] An expression in which a word is capable of different meanings ; a kind of quibble or equivocation ; a play upon words which resemble each other in sound but differ in sense. Cabinet Dictionary

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