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noun as in play on words

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Lyrics from songs like “I’m a Slave 4 U,” “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman,” and “Stronger” were used as puns in headlines.

Sorry for this inevitable pun, but there seems to be a sea-change in conservation underway.

The phone booth and bookshelves and pantry are all shaped like honeycombs, and the walls are full of puns like Bee Kind.

From Time

Report from Week 540, in which we asked for news or historical events to be presented in the “Rocky and Bullwinkle” “A, or B” format of groaner puns or other halfwitticisms.

This presents a risk to spectacular puns accompanied by unspectacular ones, so do your best.

“There aren't any steaks involved, pardon the pun,” says Chin.

A paper published this week illuminated (pun intended) the relationship between light and matter.

Here's to hoping it's not illegal to make a terrible sex-related pun.

Note the bawdy pun in the first example, by which the speaker implies that she came last night.

But at least they "forge" (pun intended) the pieces by him that matter.

He pounded out the pun ordinary by the dozen for the comic weeklies at fifty cents an item.

Win' ruffle up he ha'r, yit he aint move; sun shine down 'pun 'im, yit he aint move.

I explained that he probably intended a pun upon his name, which was Coleman.

"They ought to keep you there for an hour longer for that vile pun," said Cumberland.

I confess that I don't see why a good pun should be thrown aside after it has served as the soul of a single sentence.


On this page you'll find 22 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to pun, such as: double entendre, joke, quip, ambiguity, conceit, and paronomasia.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.