from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of pun.
  • n. The action of the verb to pun.
  • adj. That which makes or uses a pun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Given to making puns; exhibiting a pun or play on words: as, a punning reply.
  • n. The practice of making puns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a humorous play on words


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I would ban anyone who engages in punning like this.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Everything Old Is New Again

  • It was frustrated ancient scribes who first realized the limitations of literal pictographs and began decoupling and recombining sounds, symbols and meanings—in short, punning—to invent history's first true alphabet.

    What in the Word? Rules For Better Punmanship

  • She must avoid frequent attempts at wit; avoid punning, which is the cheapest possible form of wit; and avoid sarcasm.

    Letters to a Daughter and A Little Sermon to School Girls

  • He's recovering well and punning, which is the true measure of his recovery.

  • Headline writers are often given to paronomasia (which they would probably call punning, as paronomasia, which would not fit into most headlines, is not in their vocabulary).

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 1

  • I at once looked on the figure of the animal as a kind of punning or hieroglyphical signature.

    The Gold-Bug

  • I at once looked upon the figure of the animal as a kind of punning or hieroglyphical signature.

    The Short-story

  • You bet she would, I thought: for, with a flash of that outrageous inward punning which is too swift for the reason to control, I had had, absurdly enough, a tantalising vision of the curtain going up on Scheherazade.

    Try Anything Twice

  • Lamb considered them to be a kind of punning, but in one case the same position, in the other the same signification is given to words of the same sound.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

  • The exile felt himself all out of joint with his surroundings, and so he called the little child that came to him 'Gershom,' which, according to one explanation, means 'banishment,' and, according to another (a kind of punning etymology), means 'a stranger here '; in the other case expressing the same sense of homelessness and want of harmony with his surroundings.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture


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