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[ wurd-pley ]
/ ˈwɜrdˌpleɪ /
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noun
clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.
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Origin of wordplay

First recorded in 1870–75; word + play
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British Dictionary definitions for wordplay

wordplay
/ (ˈwɜːdˌpleɪ) /

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