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Definition of Pun


  1. To pound.
  2. A play on words which have the same sound but different meanings; an expression in which two different applications of a word present an odd or ludicrous idea; a kind of quibble or equivocation.
  3. To make puns, or a pun; to use a word in a double sense, especially when the contrast of ideas is ludicrous; to play upon words; to quibble.
  4. To persuade or affect by a pun.

Pun Quotations

If you compulsively pun you are called a paronomasiac.
Tim Vine

God knows why - no pun intended - but every time I write a song, I feel a need to touch on religion.
Martin Gore

For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
James Boswell

A pun is the lowest form of humor, unless you thought of it yourself.
Doug Larson

A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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Pun Translations

pun in Dutch is woordspeling
pun in German is Wortspiel
pun in Spanish is juego de palabras
pun in Swedish is ordlek, vits