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Pun Definition

Playful device where similar sounding words with different meanings, or single words with multiple meanings are employed. Shakespeare frequently used puns for both comic and serious effect e.g. in Romeo and Juliet the dying Mercutio says: "Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man." 


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[n] a humorous play on words; "I do it for the pun of it"; "his constant punning irritated her"
[v] make a play on words; "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"

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fun, jest, joke, play, sport

Misc. Definitions

\Pun\, v. t. [See {Pound} to beat.] To pound. [Obs.] He would pun thee into shivers with his fist. --Shak.
\Pun\, n. [Cf. {Pun} to pound, {Pound} to beat.] 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. --Addison. A better put on this word was made on the Beggar's Opera, which, it was said, made Gay rich, and Rich gay. --Walpole.
\Pun\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Punned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Punning}.] 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. --Dryden.
\Pun\, v. t. To persuade or affect by a pun. --Addison.

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