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Etymology 1

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From Middle English ponnen, ponen, punen, from Old English punian, pūnian (to pound, beat, bray, bruise, crush, grind), from Proto-Germanic *punōną (to break to pieces, pulverize). See pound. As a kind of word play, from the notion of "beating" the words into place.

Verb

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pun (third-person singular simple present puns, present participle punning, simple past and past participle punned)

  1. (transitive) To beat; strike with force; to ram; to pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder, to pulverize.
  2. (intransitive) To make or tell a pun; to make a play on words.
    We punned about the topic until all around us groaned.

Noun

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pun (plural puns)

 
  1. A joke or type of wordplay in which similar definitions or sounds of two words or phrases, or different definitions of the same word, are deliberately confused.
    Synonyms: paronomasia, play on words
    Hypernym: joke
    Hyponym: antanaclasis
    The pun is the lowest form of wit.
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Etymology 2

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From the McCune-Reischauer romanization of Korean (bun), from Chinese (fen).

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pun (plural puns or pun)

  1. (Korean units of measure) Alternative form of bun (Korean unit of measure)

Etymology 3

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Hindi [Term?]

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Noun

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pun (plural puns)

  1. (India, historical) A certain number of cowries, generally 80.
    • 1864, The Regulations of the Bengal Code in Force in September 1862, page 1019:
      Hackeries and carriages, loaded and empty, 8 annas. Sheep, goats, &c., 1 pun of cowries each.

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Chuukese

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Conjunction

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pun

  1. because

Dalmatian

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Etymology

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From Latin pānis, pānem.

Noun

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pun m

  1. (Vegliot) bread

Iban

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Etymology

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From Proto-Malayic *puhun (compare Malay pohon), from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *puqun, from Proto-Austronesian *puqun.

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Noun

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pun

  1. tree (large woody plant)

Indonesian

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Etymology

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Inherited from Malay pun.

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  • IPA(key): [ˈpʊn]
  • Hyphenation: pun

Adverb

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pun

  1. also, too
    Synonym: juga
  2. even, though, although, nevertheless
    Synonyms: biar, meski, kendati, saja
  3. besides
  4. any, every

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Kapampangan

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Etymology

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Inherited from Proto-Philippine *puqun, Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *puqun, from Proto-Austronesian *puqun. Compare Tagalog puno, Malay pohon, Indonesian pohon.

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Noun

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pun

  1. trunk of a tree
  2. origin, source
    Synonym: ibat

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Malay

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Alternative forms

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  • pon (informal, slang)

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(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

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pun (Jawi spelling ڤون)

  1. also
  2. even

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Descendants

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  • Indonesian: pun

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Romanian

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Etymology 1

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Verb

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pun

  1. inflection of pune:
    1. first-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. third-person plural present indicative

Etymology 2

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Borrowed from Latin punicus.

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pun m (plural puni)

  1. Punic, Carthaginian
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Serbo-Croatian

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Etymology

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Inherited from Proto-Slavic *pьlnъ, from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pílˀnas, from Proto-Indo-European *pl̥h₁nós.

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pȕn (Cyrillic spelling пу̏н, definite pȕnī)

  1. full, filled
    • 1980s, Max Vincent AKA Miša Mihajlović (lyrics and music), “Beogradska Devojka”:
      Tako drska i obesna si ti / ti si puna ljubavi
      You are so arrogant and rude / you are full of love
  2. fleshy, plump
  3. full, complete
  4. occupied (of room)

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Spanish

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpun/ [ˈpũn]
  • Rhymes: -un
  • Syllabification: pun

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pun m (uncountable)

  1. (onomatopoeia) the sound of discharging a firearm
    Synonym: pum
  2. (onomatopoeia, vulgar) the sound of flatulence

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Tausug

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Etymology

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From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *puqun.

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pūn

  1. origin
  2. beginning