American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words.
- v. To make puns or a pun.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beat; strike with force; ram; pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder.
- To make puns.
- To affect by a pun.
- n. An expression in which the use of a word in two different applications, or the use of two different words pronounced alike or nearly alike, presents an odd or ludicrous idea; a play on words that are alike or nearly alike in sound but differ in meaning; a kind of verbal quibble.
- n. Synonyms Pun, Paronomasia, Assonance. Pun and paronomasia are often confounded, but are in strictness distinct in form and effect. A pun is a play upon two senses of the same word or sound, and its effect is to excite a sense of the ludicrous: as
- n. Hence modern taste excludes puns from serious writing and speaking. Paronomasia is rather the use of words that are nearly but not quite alike in sound, and it heightens the effect of what is said withot suggesting the ludicrous: as, “Per angusta ad augusta”; “And catch with his surcease success,”
- n. As in these examples, it is most likely to be used where the words thus near in sound are far apart in meaning. It is very common in the original languages of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, as in Isa. v. 7. An attempt to imitate it may be found in Mat. xxi. 41, revised version. Assonance is the bare fact of resemblance of sound, being generally accidental, and in the majority of cases disagreeable to the ear: as, unfold old truths, our power, if of, is as, and Andrew drew, the then condition. For the technical meaning of assonance, see def. 2 under that word.
- n. A copper coin of Bengal, of the value of 80 cowries.
- n. An abbreviation of puncheon.
- v. transitive To beat; strike with force; ram; pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder.
- n. 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.
- v. To make or tell a pun; make a play on words.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To pound.
- n. 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.
- v. 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.
- v. To persuade or affect by a pun.
- v. make a play on words
- n. a humorous play on words
- From a special use of Etymology 1 pun ("to beat, bend (words)"). (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“It is a good joke is it not —? what you call a pun?”
“Charles Lamb, a notorious punster, explained that the pun is “a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.””
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