Wordplay Word"play`, n. A more or less subtle playing upon the meaning of words. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • wordplay — also word play, 1855; see WORD (Cf. word) + PLAY (Cf. play) (v) …   Etymology dictionary

  • wordplay — ► NOUN ▪ the witty exploitation of the meanings and ambiguities of words …   English terms dictionary

  • wordplay — [wʉrdplā΄] n. 1. subtle or clever exchange of words; repartee 2. punning or a pun …   English World dictionary

  • wordplay — [[t]wɜ͟ː(r)dpleɪ[/t]] also word play N UNCOUNT Wordplay involves making jokes by using the meanings of words in an amusing or clever way …   English dictionary

  • wordplay — noun Date: 1844 playful use of words ; verbal wit …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wordplay — /werrd play /, n. 1. clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit. 2. a play on words; pun. [1870 75; WORD + PLAY] * * * …   Universalium

  • wordplay — noun a) humorous play on words b) witty verbal exchanges See Also: pun, repartee …   Wiktionary

  • wordplay — Synonyms and related words: abuse of terms, acrostic, amphibologism, amphiboly, anagram, calembour, corruption, equivocality, equivoque, jeu de mots, logogram, logogriph, malapropism, metagram, missaying, palindrome, paronomasia, play on words,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • wordplay — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. verbal wit, play on words, double entendre, word games; see pun …   English dictionary for students

  • wordplay — word|play [ wɜrd,pleı ] noun uncount clever or funny use of words …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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