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Meaning of PUN

Pronunciation:  pun

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

PUN is a 3 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: paronomasia, punning, wordplay
 See Also: fun, jest, joke, play, sport



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pun\, v. t. [See {Pound} to beat.]
    To pound. [Obs.]
          He would pun thee into shivers with his fist. --Shak.
  2. \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.
  3. \Pun\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Punned}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.
  4. \Pun\, v. t.
    To persuade or affect by a pun. --Addison.