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

  • n. A maker of puns.

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  • n. A person who likes to make puns.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who puns, or is skilled in, or given to, punning; a quibbler; a low wit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who puns or is skilled in punning; a quibbler on words.

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

  • n. someone overly fond of making puns


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pun +‎ -ster


  • Marino abounds in puerile conceits; but they are not far-fetched, like those of Donne and Cowley; they generally lie on the surface, and often consist of nothing more than a mere play upon words; so that, if to be a punster is to be a metaphysician, Marino is a poetical Heraclitus.

    Lives of the English Poets

  • In Maureen Dowd's New York Times Jan. 30 puff piece " No Axe to Grind " about the departure from the White House of senior presidential adviser David Axelrod, she notes that although he is not tech savvy, "The avid punster offered a parting pun at the 8:30 a.m. meeting [in the White House] — urging everyone to 'plow forward' on a plan for genetically produced [sic] alfalfa."

    Making Political Hay With Genetically Modified Alfalfa

  • Jesus, if the Bible is to be believed, was an inveterate punster.

    IBM's Watson wins! First Jeopardy! -- next, bad puns?

  • Stephen Leacock said that the inveterate punster follows conversation as a shark follows a ship.

    IBM's Watson wins! First Jeopardy! -- next, bad puns?

  • As an inveterate punster myself, I know the danger this poses to the human race.

    IBM's Watson wins! First Jeopardy! -- next, bad puns?

  • Drogo, ever the clever Dothraki punster, says that he'll give Viserys "a golden crown that men shall tremble to behold" and then coronates the would-be king by pouring molten gold over his head.

    Game of Thrones Postmortem: Harry Lloyd on Viserys' Golden Crown

  • Charles Lamb, a notorious punster, explained that the pun is “a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.”


  • It's all in the timing, and a good punster waits for the exact moment to be left to his own devises.


  • Creative wordplay can enhance literacy, turn a punster into a pundit and lead us back to a primal recognition of the power of the word to impact the quality of our world.

    The Language You Use Frames the Way You Think

  • I'm sending that to my Dad, who is both a punster and a third-order Benedictine.

    Making Light: Open thread 137


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