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word·play

 (wûrd′plā′)
n.
1. Witty or clever verbal exchange; repartee.
2. The act or an instance of such exchange.
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wordplay

(ˈwɜːdˌpleɪ)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) verbal wit based on the meanings and ambiguities of words; puns, clever repartee, etc
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word•play

(ˈwɜrdˌpleɪ)

n.
1. clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.
2. a play on words; pun.
[1870–75]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wordplay - a humorous play on wordswordplay - 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"
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wordplay

noun puns, wit, punning, repartee, witticisms He amused friends and colleagues with his clever wordplay.
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Translations

wordplay

[ˈwɜːdpleɪ] Njuego m de palabras
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

wordplay

word play [ˈwɜːrdpleɪ] njeu m de mots, jeu m de motword processing word-processing [ˌwɜːrdˈprəʊsɛsɪŋ]
ntraitement m de texte
modif [package, program, software, document] → de traitement de texte; [skills] → en traitement de texteword processor n
(= program) → traitement m de texte
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

wordplay

[ˈwɜːdˌpleɪ] ngioco di parole
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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