pun (puns, present participle punning; past and past participle punned)
- (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.
- (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)
- 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.
- French: calembour, jeu de mots
- German: Wortspiel, Kalauer
- Italian: gioco di parole, bisticcio, freddura
- Portuguese: trocadilho, chalaça
- Russian: каламбу́р
- Spanish: juego de palabras, calambur, paronomasia, doble sentido, albur (Mexico)
pun (plural puns)
- (Korean units of measure) Alternative form of bun#English|bun: a Korean unit of length equivalent to about 0.3 cm.