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pun

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noun \ˈpən\

Simple Definition of pun

  • : a humorous way of using a word or phrase so that more than one meaning is suggested

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pun

  1. :  the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound

Examples of pun in a sentence

  1. The delicatessen is sandwiched, if you'll pardon the pun, between two stores.

  2. She's a skillful pilot whose career has—no pun intended—really taken off.



Origin of pun

perhaps from Italian puntiglio fine point, quibble — more at punctilio


First Known Use: 1662

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Rhymes with pun


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pun

verb

Simple Definition of pun

  • : to make a pun

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pun

punnedpunning

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make puns

Examples of pun in a sentence

  1. Firefighting sparks my interest, he punned.



1670

First Known Use of pun

1670

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PUN Defined for Kids

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pun

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noun \ˈpən\

Definition of pun for Students

  1. :  a form of joking in which a person uses a word in two senses




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pun

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verb

Definition of pun for Students

punnedpunning

  1. :  to make a joke by using a word in two senses





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