pun

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See also: pu·n and Pun.

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Etymology 1[edit]

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From Middle English *punen, from Old English punian, pūnian (to pound, beat, bray, bruise, crush, grind), from Proto-Germanic *punōną (to break to pieces, pulverize). See pound. As a kind of word play, from the notion of "beating" the words into place.

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; to ram; to pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder, to pulverize.
    • Shakespeare:
      He would pun thee into shivers with his fist.
  2. (intransitive) To make or tell a pun; to make a play on words.
    We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.

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.
    The pun is the lowest form of wit.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From the McCune-Reischauer romanization of Korean (bun), from Chinese (fen)

Noun[edit]

pun (plural puns or pun)

  1. (Korean units of measure) Alternative form of bun: a Korean unit of length equivalent to about 0.3 cm.

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Chuukese[edit]

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pun

  1. because

Dalmatian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin pānis, pānem.

Noun[edit]

pun m

  1. (Vegliot) bread

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Rafsi[edit]

pun

  1. rafsi of pruni.

Romanian[edit]

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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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pun m (uncountable)

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

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