wordplay

[wurd-pley]

noun

clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.

Nearby words

  1. wordie,
  2. wording,
  3. wordless,
  4. wordlessly,
  5. wordmonger,
  6. words,
  7. words fail me,
  8. words of one syllable, in,
  9. words stick in one's throat,
  10. words to that effect

Origin of wordplay

First recorded in 1870–75; word + play

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British Dictionary definitions for wordplay

wordplay

noun

verbal wit based on the meanings and ambiguities of words; puns, clever repartee, etc
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Word Origin and History for wordplay

wordplay

n.

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

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