from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A maker of puns.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who likes to make puns.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who puns, or is skilled in, or given to, punning; a quibbler; a low wit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who puns or is skilled in punning; a quibbler on words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone overly fond of making puns
Marino abounds in puerile conceits; but they are not far-fetched, like those of Donne and Cowley; they generally lie on the surface, and often consist of nothing more than a mere play upon words; so that, if to be a punster is to be a metaphysician, Marino is a poetical Heraclitus.
In Maureen Dowd's New York Times Jan. 30 puff piece " No Axe to Grind " about the departure from the White House of senior presidential adviser David Axelrod, she notes that although he is not tech savvy, "The avid punster offered a parting pun at the 8:30 a.m. meeting [in the White House] — urging everyone to 'plow forward' on a plan for genetically produced [sic] alfalfa."
Jesus, if the Bible is to be believed, was an inveterate punster.
Stephen Leacock said that the inveterate punster follows conversation as a shark follows a ship.
As an inveterate punster myself, I know the danger this poses to the human race.
Drogo, ever the clever Dothraki punster, says that he'll give Viserys "a golden crown that men shall tremble to behold" and then coronates the would-be king by pouring molten gold over his head.
Charles Lamb, a notorious punster, explained that the pun is “a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.”
It's all in the timing, and a good punster waits for the exact moment to be left to his own devises.
Creative wordplay can enhance literacy, turn a punster into a pundit and lead us back to a primal recognition of the power of the word to impact the quality of our world.
I'm sending that to my Dad, who is both a punster and a third-order Benedictine.