wordplay

[ wurd-pley ]
/ ˈwɜrdˌpleɪ /

noun

clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.

Origin of wordplay

First recorded in 1870–75; word + play
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wordplay

/ (ˈwɜːdˌpleɪ) /

noun

verbal wit based on the meanings and ambiguities of words; puns, clever repartee, etc
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