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"pun" in British English

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punnoun [C]

uk   us   /pʌn/
a ​humorous use of a word or phrase that has several ​meanings or that ​sounds like another word: She made a ​couple of ​dreadful puns. This is a well-known ​jokebased on a pun: "What's ​black and ​white and ​red (= ​read) all over?" "A ​newspaper."

punverb [I]

uk   us   /pʌn/ (-nn-)
to make a pun
(Definition of pun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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punnoun [C]

 us   /pʌn/
an ​amusing use of a word or phrase that has several meanings or that ​sounds like another word: People ​groan at a pun if it’s told ​correctly.
pun
verb [I]  us   /pʌn/ (-nn-)
She ​kept punning on "​whole" and "​hole."
(Definition of pun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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