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Pun


PUN, noun An expression in which a word has at once different meanings; an expression in which two different applications of a word present an odd or ludicrous idea; a kind of quibble or equivocation; a low species of wit. Thus a man who had a tall wife named Experience, observed that he had, by long experience, proved the blessings of a married life.

A pun can be no more engraven, than it can be translated.

PUN, verb intransitive To quibble; to use the same word at once in different senses.

PUN, verb transitive To persuade by a pun