play with words/language

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play with words/language

: to use words that sound similar or that have several different meanings especially in a clever or funny way

Word by Word Definitions

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

word play words
  1. : a speech sound or series of speech sounds that symbolizes and communicates a meaning usually without being divisible into smaller units capable of independent use

  2. : the entire set of linguistic forms produced by combining a single base with various inflectional elements without change in the part of speech elements

  3. : a written or printed character or combination of characters representing a spoken word

  1. : to express in words : phrase

  2. : speak

language play
  1. : the words, their pronunciation, and the methods of combining them used and understood by a community

  2. : audible, articulate, meaningful sound as produced by the action of the vocal organs

  3. : a systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings by the use of conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks having understood meanings


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