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Definition of pun noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pun

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noun
BrE BrE//pʌn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pʌn//
 
Linguistic devices
 
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pun (on something) the clever or humorous use of a word that has more than one meaning, or of words that have different meanings but sound the same We're banking on them lending us the money—no pun intended! compare wordplay Wordfindercaricature, comedy, funny, joke, parody, pun, sketch, slapstick, spoof, take-off See related entries: Linguistic devices Word Origin mid 17th cent.: perhaps an abbreviation of obsolete pundigrion, as a fanciful alteration of punctilio ‘a fine or petty point of conduct or procedure’.Extra examples We’re banking on them lending us the money—no pun intended!
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