Pronunciation Verb

pun (puns, present participle punning; past and past participle punned)

  1. (transitive) To beat#Verb|beat; strike#Verb|strike with force#Noun|force; to ram#Verb|ram; to pound#Verb|pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder#Noun|powder, to pulverize.
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      He would pun thee into shivers with his fist.
  2. (intransitive) To make or tell a pun; to make a play on words.
    We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.

pun (plural puns)

  1. A joke#Noun|joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.
    Synonyms: paronomasia, play on words
    Hypernyms: joke
    hypo en
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter VI, in Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for T[homas] Egerton, […], OCLC 39810224 ↗, page 124 ↗:
      "Certainly, my home at my uncle's brought me acquainted with a circle of admirals. Of Rears, and Vices, I saw enough. Now do not be suspecting me of a pun, I entreat."
      Austen was likely referring to flogging#Noun|flogging or spanking#Noun|spanking, then common naval punishments, known as le vice anglais.
    The pun is the lowest form of wit.
Translations Noun

pun (plural puns)

  1. (Korean units of measure) Alternative form of bun#English|bun: a Korean unit of length equivalent to about 0.3 cm.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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