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wordplay

[wurd-pley] /ˈwɜrdˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.
2.
a play on words; pun.
Origin of wordplay
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75; word + play
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  • Abbott and he sometimes swerved into wordplay about love; but up to 1820, or thereabouts, the passion was potential merely.

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wordplay

/ˈwɜːdˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
verbal wit based on the meanings and ambiguities of words; puns, clever repartee, etc
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Word Origin and History for wordplay
n.

also word-play, 1855; see word (n.) + play (v).

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