play on words
- The definition of a play on words is the clever or witty use of language such that the language itself becomes funny or humorous or interesting.
An example of a play on words is a pun.
play on words definition by Webster's New World
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a pun or punning
play on words - Phrases/Idioms
A word or turn of phrase with a double meaning, a pun or other humorous use of language. For example, Shakespeare was a master at plays on words—his dramas are full of puns. [First half of 1700s]