Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An equivocal word or expression.
  • n. A pun.
  • n. A double meaning.

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  • adj. Equivocal.
  • n. A play on words, a pun.
  • n. Ambiguity or double meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An ambiguous term; a word susceptible of different significations.
  • n. An equivocation; a guibble.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French équivoque, from Late Latin aequivocus, ambiguous; see equivocal.

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From Late Latin aequivocus ("ambiguous, equivocal"), from Latin aequus ("equal") + vocō ("call").

Examples

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  • It's gospel to haughtier folks

    That puns are inferior jokes.

    While quibbles evince

    A groan and a wince

    They're witty if called equivoques.

    January 30, 2017

  • Note a typo in the second GNU definition where a "g" is printed instead of the correct "q." The word is quibble. Also see comments at quibble for Sam Johnson's eloquent and funny take on Shakespeare's fondness for quibbles (puns).

    January 30, 2017