Pun

pun

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. A better put on this word was made on the Beggar's opera, which, it was said, made gay rich, and Rich gay. (Walpole)

Origin: Cf. Pun to pound, Pound to beat.

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