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wordplay

[wurd-pley]
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noun
  1. clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.
  2. a play on words; pun.
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Origin of wordplay

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.


British Dictionary definitions for wordplay

wordplay

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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