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pun

 (pŭn)
n.
A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.
intr.v. punned, pun·ning, puns
To make puns or a pun.

[Origin unknown.]

pun′ning·ly adv.

pun

(pʌn)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the use of words or phrases to exploit ambiguities and innuendoes in their meaning, usually for humorous effect; a play on words. An example is: "Ben Battle was a soldier bold, And used to war's alarms: But a cannonball took off his legs, So he laid down his arms." (Thomas Hood)
vb, puns, punning or punned
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (intr) to make puns
[C17: possibly from Italian puntiglio point of detail, wordplay; see punctilio]

pun

(pʌn)
vb, puns, punning or punned
(Building) (tr) Brit to pack (earth, rubble, etc) by pounding
[C16: dialectal variant of pound1]
ˈpunner n

pun

(pʌn)

n., v. punned, pun•ning. n.
1. 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.
2. a word or phrase used in this way.
v.i.
3. to make puns.
[1655–65; perhaps identical with pun, variant, now dial., of pound1, i.e., to mistreat (words)]

pun


Past participle: punned
Gerund: punning

Imperative
pun
pun
Present
I pun
you pun
he/she/it puns
we pun
you pun
they pun
Preterite
I punned
you punned
he/she/it punned
we punned
you punned
they punned
Present Continuous
I am punning
you are punning
he/she/it is punning
we are punning
you are punning
they are punning
Present Perfect
I have punned
you have punned
he/she/it has punned
we have punned
you have punned
they have punned
Past Continuous
I was punning
you were punning
he/she/it was punning
we were punning
you were punning
they were punning
Past Perfect
I had punned
you had punned
he/she/it had punned
we had punned
you had punned
they had punned
Future
I will pun
you will pun
he/she/it will pun
we will pun
you will pun
they will pun
Future Perfect
I will have punned
you will have punned
he/she/it will have punned
we will have punned
you will have punned
they will have punned
Future Continuous
I will be punning
you will be punning
he/she/it will be punning
we will be punning
you will be punning
they will be punning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been punning
you have been punning
he/she/it has been punning
we have been punning
you have been punning
they have been punning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been punning
you will have been punning
he/she/it will have been punning
we will have been punning
you will have been punning
they will have been punning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been punning
you had been punning
he/she/it had been punning
we had been punning
you had been punning
they had been punning
Conditional
I would pun
you would pun
he/she/it would pun
we would pun
you would pun
they would pun
Past Conditional
I would have punned
you would have punned
he/she/it would have punned
we would have punned
you would have punned
they would have punned

pun

Comic play on words which sound similar but differ in meaning.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pun - a humorous play on wordspun - a humorous play on words; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
Verb1.pun - make a play on words; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"
jest, joke - tell a joke; speak humorously; "He often jokes even when he appears serious"

pun

noun play on words, quip, double entendre, witticism, paronomasia (Rhetoric), equivoque The title of the book is a pun on his name.
Quotations
"A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket" [John Dennis]
Translations
تَوْرِيَه، تَلاعُب جِناسي بالألْفاظيَتلاعَب بالألْفاظ
slovní hříčkadělat slovní hříčky
ordspillave ordspil
تجنیس
sanaleikki
szójátékszójátékot csinál
leika sér aî merkingu orîaorîaleikur
駄洒落
kalambūrassakyti kalambūrus
kalambūrs, vārdu spēlelietot kalambūru
gra słówkalambur
calamburjoc de cuvinte
robiť slovné hračkyslovná hračka
ordvits
cinascinas yapmakkelime oyunu

pun

[ˈpʌn] njeu m de mots, calembour m

pun

nWortspiel nt

pun

[pʌn] ngioco di parole

pun

(pan) noun
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'.
verbpast tense, past participle punned
to make a pun.
References in classic literature ?
The pun upon the word 'Kidd' is appreciable in no other language than the English.
Should you happen to venture on one, It will sigh like a thing that is deeply distressed: And it always looks grave at a pun.
Local etiquette, sir," he replied, too earnest to notice Stalky's atrocious pun.
Then the next one higher than it, but just beyond it, is called 'MERCY'--in all probability a corruption or familiarisation of the word MERCIA, with a Roman pun included.
Might be a pun on my pottering about here, mightn't it?
The priest's instinctive trick of analysing his own impressions told him that the colour and the little neat coat-tails of these bipeds had suggested the word "Canary," and so by a mere pun connected them with southward travel.
Freddy was at his wittiest, referring to Cecil as the "Fiasco"--family honoured pun on fiance.
Her own family were plain, matter-of-fact people who seldom aimed at wit of any kind; her father, at the utmost, being contented with a pun, and her mother with a proverb; they were not in the habit therefore of telling lies to increase their importance, or of asserting at one moment what they would contradict the next.
Over the door, by way of a sign there hung a marvellous daub, representing new sons and dead chickens,* with this, pun below:
I don't believe that," said Tip, plainly; "anybody can make a pun.
Thuillier, who was fond of making puns, declared that an anagram was nothing more than a pun on letters.
I do not intend the pun, and can awkwardly revise the statement to "latitudes more remote from the equator;" Yet Hawaii is only sub-tropical.