Pun definition

pŭn
A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.
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The use of a word, or of words which are formed or sounded alike, in such a way as to juxtapose, connect, or bring out two or more of the possible applications of the word or words, usually in a humorous way; a play on words.
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To beat; strike with force; ram; pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder.
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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.

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A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.
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To make or tell a pun; make a play on words.

We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.

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To make puns or a pun.
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To make a pun or puns.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pun
Plural:
puns

Origin of pun

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English *punen, from Old English punian, pÅ«nian (“to pound, beat, bray, bruise, crush, grind"), from Proto-Germanic *punōnÄ… (“to break to pieces, pulverise"). More at pound.

    From Wiktionary

  • From a special use of Etymology 1 pun (“to beat, bend (words)").

    From Wiktionary