1 the use of words or phrases to exploit ambiguities and innuendoes in their meaning, usually for humorous effect; a play on words. An example is: ``Ben Battle was a soldier bold, And used to war's alarms: But a cannonball took off his legs, So he laid down his arms.'' (Thomas Hood)
vb , puns, punning, punned
2 intr to make puns
(C17: possibly from Italian puntiglio point of detail, wordplay; see punctilio)
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