- The definition of a pun is a joke making a play on words.
An example of pun is saying that your calendar days are numbered.
To say this calendars days are numbered is a pun.
pun definition by Webster's New World
Origin: 17th-c. clipped form ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Italian puntiglio, fine point, hence verbal quibble: see punctilio
pun definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Origin unknown.
- punˈning·ly adverb
pun - Cultural Definition
A humorous substitution of words that are alike in sound but different in meaning (see double-entendre), as in this passage from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll:“And how many hours a day did you do lessons?” said Alice, in a hurry to change the subject. “Ten hours the first day,” said the Mock Turtle, “nine the next, and so on.” “What a curious plan!” exclaimed Alice. “That's the reason they're called lessons,” the Gryphon remarked: “because they lessen from day to day.”