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Wordplay vs. Pun

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Main Difference

The main difference between Wordplay and Pun is that the Wordplay is a literary technique and Pun is a figure of speech.

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  • Wordplay (noun)

    A humorous play on words; such plays on words collectively.

  • Wordplay (noun)

    A witty verbal exchange; such exchanges collectively.

  • Pun (verb)

    To beat; strike with force; to ram; to pound, as in a powder, to pulverize.

  • Pun (verb)

    To make or tell a pun; to make a play on words.

    "We punned about the topic until all around us groaned."

  • Pun (noun)

    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."

  • Pun (noun)

    : a unit of length equivalent to about 0.3{{nbsp}}cm.

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  • Wordplay (noun)

    A more or less subtle playing upon the meaning of words.

  • Pun

    To pound.

  • Pun

    To persuade or affect by a pun.

  • Pun (noun)

    A play on words which have the same sound but different meanings; an expression in which two different applications of a word present an odd or ludicrous idea; a kind of quibble or equivocation.

  • Pun (verb)

    To make puns, or a pun; to use a word in a double sense, especially when the contrast of ideas is ludicrous; to play upon words; to quibble.

Webster Dictionary
  • Wordplay (noun)

    a humorous play on words;

    "I do it for the pun of it"

    "his constant punning irritated her"

  • Pun (noun)

    a humorous play on words;

    "I do it for the pun of it"

    "his constant punning irritated her"

  • Pun (verb)

    make a play on words;

    "Japanese like to pun--their language is well suited to punning"

Princeton's WordNet

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