pun·​ny | \ ˈpə-nē How to pronounce punny (audio) \
punnier; punniest

Definition of punny

: constituting or involving a pun

Examples of punny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These adorable and punny cards will be appreciated by teachers at any grade level who could use some holiday cheer. Meghan Kavanaugh, USA TODAY, "25 awesome gifts teachers will actually use," 22 Oct. 2019 The animated figures hew closely to Addams’ cartoons, imparted in the dry, deadpan, punny wordplay integral to the Addams appeal. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Animated ‘The Addams Family’ stays true to creepy, kooky form," 10 Oct. 2019 The animated figures hew closely to Addams’ cartoons, imparted in the dry, deadpan, punny wordplay integral to the Addams appeal, upending the idea of what normal looks like. Katie Walsh, chicagotribune.com, "‘The Addams Family’ review: Good intro to the unusual and eccentric for budding creepsters and goths," 9 Oct. 2019 Even Reese Witherspoon is fall-ready with punny pumpkins on the first day of fall. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "9 Things Only Fall Fanatics Would Understand," 23 Sep. 2019 But Oaktoberfest gets a pass because of its punny name, riffing on its downtown Oak Park location. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "15 things to do with the kids Sept. 16-22," 15 Sep. 2019 Much of that concept made it to the TV show, which began on The CW in 2015, although Gwen’s name was changed to the equally punny Liv Moore, and the action moved up the coast to Seattle. Tribune News Service, cleveland.com, "Captain Comics: Farewell ‘iZombie’ and ‘Swamp Thing’," 9 Aug. 2019 From punny phrases to touching quotes, here are the best Instagram captions for dogs that are sure to have your followers howlin'. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "42 Best Dog Instagram Captions for the Cutest Photos of Your Furry Friend," 18 July 2019 Regular readers of the daily newsletter may be partial to the brand’s chummy, punny, informal language, but in my case, 200-plus pages of Skimm-speak proved a test of endurance. Washington Post, "Do millennial women really need the book ‘How to Skimm Your Life’? Give us more credit.," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of punny

1722, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Punny.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punny. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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