word·​play | \ ˈwərd-ˌplā How to pronounce wordplay (audio) \

Definition of wordplay

: playful use of words : verbal wit

Examples of wordplay in a Sentence

Oscar Wilde was famous for his witty wordplay.
Recent Examples on the Web The Kentucky singer-songwriter brings all of this to the fore on his new solo album Single Wide Dreamer, shuffling through a group of songs that convey empathy and humor alike, in the tradition of John Prine or wordplay master Roger Miller. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2022 Less care was taken beefing up the screenplay (adapted by Chris Fedak), but one hardly comes to a Michael Bay movie for the Wildean wordplay. Jessica Kiang, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 The world has changed, the couplets have changed, the vibes have changed and the wordplay has changed. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022 Sahbabii is best known for playful, imaginative, and X-rated wordplay, so a 20-track album confronting the pain of grief is certainly a departure. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2021 On the contrary, his wordplay was entirely intentional, informed by the poetry of French Symbolists and the Beats, and the burgeoning rap scene. Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rolling Stone, 18 Mar. 2022 Muldoon’s own work is witty, full of wordplay, often recondite. Charles Finch, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Fans desperate to know what happened to the actor use wordplay and emojis to evade censorship. Rebecca Davis, Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 Dating back to his Clipse days, Pusha T has always been hip-hop’s master of the drug metaphor, effortlessly spinning gritty tales with the help of cocaine euphemisms and hard-nosed wordplay. Jason Lipshutz, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wordplay

1794, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Wordplay.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wordplay. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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