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It requires genius to make a good pun - some men of bright parts can't reach it.
Hannah Cowley

Meaning of "pun" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD PUN

Possibly from Italian puntiglio point of detail, wordplay.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF PUN

pun  [pʌn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PUN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pun is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb pun in English.

WHAT DOES PUN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Pun

The pun, also called paronomasia, is a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous or rhetorical effect. These ambiguities can arise from the intentional use of homophonic, homographic, metonymic, or metaphorical language. A pun differs from a malapropism in that a malapropism uses an incorrect expression that alludes to another expression, but a pun uses a correct expression that alludes to another expression. Henri Bergson defined a pun as a sentence or utterance in which "the same sentence appears to offer two independent meanings, but it is only an appearance; in reality there are two different sentences made up of different words, but claiming to be one and the same because both have the same sound". Puns may be regarded as in-jokes or idiomatic constructions, given that their usage and meaning are entirely local to a particular language and its culture. For example, "Camping is intense." Puns are used to create humor and sometimes require a large vocabulary to understand.

Definition of pun in the English dictionary

The definition of pun in the dictionary is the use of words or phrases to exploit ambiguities and innuendoes in their meaning, usually for humorous effect; a play on words. An example is: "Ben Battle was a soldier bold, And used to war's alarms: But a cannonball took off his legs, So he laid down his arms.". Other definition of pun is to make puns.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO PUN

PRESENT

Present
I pun
you pun
he/she/it puns
we pun
you pun
they pun
Present continuous
I am punning
you are punning
he/she/it is punning
we are punning
you are punning
they are punning
Present perfect
I have punned
you have punned
he/she/it has punned
we have punned
you have punned
they have punned
Present perfect continuous
I have been punning
you have been punning
he/she/it has been punning
we have been punning
you have been punning
they have been punning
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I punned
you punned
he/she/it punned
we punned
you punned
they punned
Past continuous
I was punning
you were punning
he/she/it was punning
we were punning
you were punning
they were punning
Past perfect
I had punned
you had punned
he/she/it had punned
we had punned
you had punned
they had punned
Past perfect continuous
I had been punning
you had been punning
he/she/it had been punning
we had been punning
you had been punning
they had been punning
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will pun
you will pun
he/she/it will pun
we will pun
you will pun
they will pun
Future continuous
I will be punning
you will be punning
he/she/it will be punning
we will be punning
you will be punning
they will be punning
Future perfect
I will have punned
you will have punned
he/she/it will have punned
we will have punned
you will have punned
they will have punned
Future perfect continuous
I will have been punning
you will have been punning
he/she/it will have been punning
we will have been punning
you will have been punning
they will have been punning
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would pun
you would pun
he/she/it would pun
we would pun
you would pun
they would pun
Conditional continuous
I would be punning
you would be punning
he/she/it would be punning
we would be punning
you would be punning
they would be punning
Conditional perfect
I would have pun
you would have pun
he/she/it would have pun
we would have pun
you would have pun
they would have pun
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been punning
you would have been punning
he/she/it would have been punning
we would have been punning
you would have been punning
they would have been punning
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you pun
we let´s pun
you pun
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to pun
Past participle
punned
Present Participle
punning
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PUN

pumy
puna
Punaka
Punakha
punalua
punaluan
punce
punch
punch above one´s weight
Punch and Judy show
punch card
punch line
punch operator
punch tape
punch the bundy
punch-drunk
punch-up
punchbag
punchball
punchboard

WORDS THAT END LIKE PUN

begun
Braun
bun
dun
fun
gun
handgun
hit-and-run
home run
Hun
in the long run
in the short run
Jun
Kim Jong-un
Kun
nun
run
sun
tun
vingt-et-un

Synonyms and antonyms of pun in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «PUN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «pun» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of pun

Translation of «pun» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF PUN

Find out the translation of pun to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of pun from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «pun» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

双关语
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

juego de palabras
570 millions of speakers

English

pun
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

श्लेष
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

تورية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

каламбур
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

trocadilho
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

শ্লেষ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

calembour
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pun
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wortspiel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ごろ合わせ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

> 말장난
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pun
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nói giểu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

சிலேடை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

श्लेष
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

cinas
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

gioco di parole
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pun
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

каламбур
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

joc de cuvinte
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λογοπαίγνιο
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

woordspeling
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vits
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ordspill
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of pun

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PUN»

The term «pun» is very widely used and occupies the 6.801 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PUN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «pun» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «pun» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pun

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «PUN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word pun.
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Arthur Baer
It was so quiet, you could hear a pun drop.
2
Jim Beaver
Obviously I struck gold with 'Deadwood.' No pun intended.
3
James Boswell
For my own part I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed: and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
4
James Boswell
A good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellencies of lively conversation.
5
Kelly Carlson
'Nip/Tuck' did make me very comfortable in my own skin, no pun intended. I had to be stripped down a lot, and you're kind of in front of the whole world, and it teaches you to accept yourself and be comfortable with yourself real quickly.
6
Teju Cole
Always say 'no pun intended' to draw attention to the intended pun.
7
Hannah Cowley
It requires genius to make a good pun - some men of bright parts can't reach it.
8
Jeffrey Eugenides
We're all well-acquainted with depression, we all know what the low moods are, but the mania was not something I knew much about. I didn't know that it would make someone dress extravagantly or start to pun, and to stay up and drink.
9
John Glover
Putting your hands in the earth is very grounding, if you'll excuse the pun.
10
Martin Gore
God knows why - no pun intended - but every time I write a song, I feel a need to touch on religion.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PUN»

Discover the use of pun in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to pun and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized ...
With an engaging narrative, this book answers fundamental questions: Just what are puns? Why do people make them? How did punning impact the development of human language, and how did that drive creativity and progress?
John Pollack, 2011
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Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace
Yet they are still eager to leave home. Made in China is a compelling look at the lives of these women, workers caught between the competing demands of global capitalism, the socialist state, and the patriarchal family.
Pun Ngai, 2005
3
The Best Book of Puns
Gathers puns about acrobats, children, politicians, food, business, television, animals, and sports
Art Moger, 1988
4
A Pun My Word: A Humorously Enlightened Path to English Usage
Explains the differences between similar words and phrases, and provides examples of proper usage
Robert Oliver Shipman, 1991
5
Managerial Economics: An Analysis of Business Issues
Highly accessible, with a clear introduction to the subject for the non-specialist, this book covers all aspects of managerial economics. It also contains some material on corporate strategy and a section devoted to marketing issues.
Howard Davies, Pun-Lee Lam, 2001
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Pun Enchanted Evenings: A Treasury of Wit, Wisdom, Chuckles ...
* 746 wildly original puns on every subject from Arizona to zealous crusaders! * 14 ant puns certain to start a new fad! * Bi-lingual puns in English and Spanish, French, Chinese, Latin, Yiddish! * The best new moron puns since the Fifties! ...
David R. Yale, 2010
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Pun-Unciate
Pun-Unciate contains humorous and thought provoking single sentence, poetic and short story interpretations of words and phrases that we use everyday.
Heath Morrison, 2011
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Pun and Games: Jokes, Riddles, Daffynitions, Tairy Fales, ...
An introduction to wordplay, including puns, spoonerisms, riddles, and more.
Richard Lederer, 1996
9
Stop Me Before I Pun Again
Random puns, bon mots and malapropisms together with limericks and poems intended to make the reader react and laugh.
Carl Kaplan, 2011
10
Peach and Pun: The New Family Ferret
Join us in this lovely animated and courageous tale of a ferret who outwits and perseveres during times of change. Can Peach and Pun both find some fun in growing together?
Asheida, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PUN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term pun is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Big Pun's Son Chris Rivers Drops Fire 'You Ain't Recognized' Freestyle
Big Pun's son, Chris Rivers, does his father's legacy justice on a new freestyle released yesterday (Jun. 5). Snagging up the late rapper's 1998 Capital ... «Vibe, Jun 15»
2
Meet Pun-isher, the punniest superhero of them all
Avengers, who? The Pun-isher is the newest crime-fighting superhero on the scene, delivering justice to bad guys with a side of horrible yet hilarious puns. «CNET, May 15»
3
That is not how puns work, Reggie Miller
This is the Alanis Morissette's "Ironic" of sports takes. Well, except that irony is a far more nuanced concept than a pun. It's simply humorous (and often cheesy) ... «SB Nation, Apr 15»
4
Pun-Hating Don Henley Sued Clothing Company Over 'Don a …
Pun-Hating Don Henley Sued Clothing Company Over 'Don a Henley' Shirt Ad. "Don a henley and take it easy" was no laughing matter to The Eagles singer. «Radio.com Music and Entertainment News, Apr 15»
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MTR fans queue to become first to use Sai Ying Pun station
Excited Sai Ying Pun residents and transport enthusiasts made an early start yesterday to be among the first to hop aboard the MTR network at its latest station. «South China Morning Post, Mar 15»
6
VERY PUNNY: The U.S. States made from food puns -- for pun lovers
When a blogger was challenged by his 8-year-old son to create food puns around the U.S. States, he didn't hesitate to deliver. Ladies and gentlemen, The ... «KABC-TV, Mar 15»
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JetBlue Realizes Pun Referencing Large Flying Machines Falling …
JetBlue is busy apologizing on Twitter for a now-deleted and ill-advised Tweet that made a bad pun referencing the Hindenburg Disaster. Too soon, perhaps ... «The Consumerist, Feb 15»
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This Dad Joke Duel Is The Ultimate Test Of 'Live By The Pun, Die By …
Peacocks have feathers; elk have antlers; and dads -- the natural-born jokers of the animal world -- have puns, just as Mother Nature intended. When a dad's ... «Huffington Post, Feb 15»
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Is it punny? Leo Kearse wins UK Pun Championship 2015 with joke …
It was pundemonium at last night at Dave's Leicester Comedy festival as eight comedians performed a “rap battle” for the title of UK Pun Champion. «The Independent, Feb 15»
10
Britain's best word play from the UK PUN championships
Some of the sharpest wits in Britain go head to head in the the UK Pun Championships 2015,at Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival - and all hoping they don't get ... «Mirror.co.uk, Feb 15»

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