single entendre

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Based on the term double entendre.


single entendre (plural single entendres)

  1. (humorous) A phrase that has a single, often bawdy, meaning and is lacking in subtlety or cleverness.
    • 1985, Sheila Davis, The Craft of Lyric Writing‎, page 273
      She unintentionally wrote single entendre: a lyric about a dinner menu.
    • 1998, Rob Des Hotel & Dean Batali, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Phases"
      Larry: Man, Oz, I would love to get me some of that Buffy and Willow action, if you know what I mean.
      Oz: Good job, Larry. You've really mastered the single entendre.
    • 1999, Thomas Patrick Doherty, Pre-code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, page 182
      In truth Mae West didn't utter many double entendres; her specialty was the single entendre, the blunt come-on and right-between-the-eyes proposition.
    • 2004, Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram‎, page 58
      I told him once he's so shallow that the best he can manage is a single entendre. The funny thing is, he liked it.
    • 2005, Kieran Scott, Jingle Boy‎, page 74
      " [] She is the best kisser I've ever had in my life and I've had plenty, if ya know what I mean...."
      Scooby had definitely mastered the single entendre.

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