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[wurd-pley] /ˈwɜrdˌpleɪ/
noun
1.
clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.
2.
a play on words; pun.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; word + play
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British Dictionary definitions for word-play

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 word-play

wordplay

n.

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

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