Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An equivocal word or expression.
  • noun A pun.
  • noun A double meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An ambiguous term; a word susceptible of different significations.
  • noun An equivocation; a guibble.

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  • adjective obsolete Equivocal.
  • noun A play on words, a pun.
  • noun Ambiguity or double meaning.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French équivoque, from Late Latin aequivocus, ambiguous; see equivocal.]

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From Late Latin aequivocus ("ambiguous, equivocal"), from Latin aequus ("equal") + vocō ("call").

Examples

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  • Note a typo in the second GNU definition where a "g" is printed instead of the correct "q." The word is quibble. Also see comments at quibble for Sam Johnson's eloquent and funny take on Shakespeare's fondness for quibbles (puns).

    January 30, 2017

  • It's gospel to haughtier folks

    That puns are inferior jokes.

    While quibbles evince

    A groan and a wince

    They're witty if called equivoques.

    January 30, 2017