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Definition of pun:

  1. A play upon words that agree or resemble in sound, but differ in meaning, by applying them in an odd or ludicrous sense; a kind of wit by quibbling on words.
  2. To make or utter puns; to quibble on words.


a play on words, tell, crack a joke, one-liner, make fun of, witticism, double-entendre, punch line, paronomasia, joke, wisecrack, quibble, punning, play upon words, kid, poke fun (at), pull someone's leg, quip, jest, innuendo, wordplay.

Usage examples:

  • No pun intended, I assure you.

    - "Lover or Friend", Rosa Nouchette Carey.
  • Such a pun goes to my heart.

    - "The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912", Lillie DeHegermann-Lindencrone.
  • But that is just a family pun.

    - "Ethel Morton's Holidays", Mabell S. C. Smith.