pun

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *punen, from Old English punian, pūnian (to pound, beat, bray, bruise, crush, grind), from Proto-Germanic *punōną (to break to pieces, pulverise). More at pound.

Verb[edit]

pun (third-person singular simple present puns, present participle punning, simple past and past participle punned)

  1. (transitive) To beat; strike with force; ram; pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder.
    • Shakespeare
      He would pun thee into shivers with his fist.

Etymology 2[edit]

From a special use of Etymology 1 pun (to beat, bend (words)).

Noun[edit]

pun (plural puns)

  1. A joke or type of wordplay in which similar senses or sounds of two words or phrases, or different senses of the same word, are deliberately confused.
    • 1814, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park[1], volume one, chapter VI, Thomas Egerton:
      "Certainly, my home at my uncle's brought me acquainted with a circle of admirals. Of Rears and Vices I saw enough. Now do not be suspecting me of a pun, I entreat."
      Comment: Austen was likely referring to spanking/flogging, then common naval punishments, known as le vice Anglais.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Because some puns are based on pronunciation, puns are more obvious when spoken aloud. For example: “This rock is gneiss, but don’t take it for granite.” This reads (with a US accent) similarly to “This rock is nice, but don’t take it for granted.” (Both “gneiss” and “granite” are types of rock.)
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Verb[edit]

pun (third-person singular simple present puns, present participle punning, simple past and past participle punned)

  1. To make or tell a pun; make a play on words.
    We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.
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Dalmatian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pānis, pānem.

Noun[edit]

pun m

  1. bread

Lojban[edit]

Rafsi[edit]

pun

  1. rafsi of pruni.

Romanian[edit]

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Verb[edit]

pun

  1. first-person singular present tense form of pune.
  2. first-person singular subjunctive form of pune.
  3. third-person plural present tense form of pune.

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Slavic *pьlnъ, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós.

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Adjective[edit]

pȕn (definite pȕnī, Cyrillic spelling пу̏н)

  1. full, filled
  2. fleshy, plump
  3. full, complete
  4. occupied (of room)

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pun m (uncountable)

  1. (onomatopoeia) The sound of discharging a firearm
  2. (onomatopoeia, vulgar) The sound of flatulence

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