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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.



What is the difference between a double entendre and a pun?

The words double entendre and pun are both about double meanings. Double entendre, in fact, originated in an obsolete expression in French, which means “double meaning.” The origins of pun are less certain, but it likely traces to the Italian word puntiglio meaning “fine point, quibble.” In English, double entendre refers to a double meaning in which one meaning is usually shocking or risqué in its sexual suggestiveness. Pun usually has more to do with silly or humorous double meanings than with anything sexually suggestive or lewd.

Origin and Etymology of pun

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


First Known Use: 1662

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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

punned

punning

  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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Rhymes with pun


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

punned

punning

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




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