from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Word play; punning.
- n. A pun.
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- n. A pun or play on words
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A play upon words; a figure by which the same word is used in different senses, or words similar in sound are set in opposition to each other, so as to give antithetical force to the sentence; punning.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, the use of words similar in sound but different in meaning, so as to give a certain antithetical force to the expression; also, the use of the same word in different senses; a play upon words. Also paronomasy. see pun.
- n. Synonyms Assonance, etc. See pun.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a humorous play on words
I'm sitting here trying to decide whether a particular specimen of paronomasia is to be considered polyptoton or antanaclasis.
I'm reviewing important terms, including "paronomasia," which is the cocktail party word for "pun."
More than most linguistic modes, such as paronomasia and malapropism, quasi malediction has diametric force.
But then again, Tom Stoppard (who cowrote the film with Terry Gilliam) always seemed to prefer paronomasia to his fellow men anyway.
Warden, “grounded on a vain play upon words — a most idle paronomasia.”
Lane held the poetry untranslatable because abounding in the figure Tajnís, our paronomasia or paragram, of which there are seven distinct varieties,433 not to speak of other rhetorical flourishes.
Scrotes allowed, nevertheless, there was something in what MacMurrough had said and by way of illustrating this allowance he quoted from Augustine who had polluted the vein of friendship with the filth of desire—a phrase, Scrotes remarked, which would mean nothing to the Greeks, for whom friendship and desire were congenial if MacMurrough would forgive the paronomasia bedfellows.
 A paronomasia on [Greek: genesis] as if [Greek: epi gên neusis].
 The paronomasia is on [Greek: hetairos, heteros].
Meek conveys the paronomasia involved very effectively by a rendering which we have followed above: "Called Babel because there Yahweh made a babble" Whatever other interpretation the