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[wurd-pley] /ˈwɜrdˌpleɪ/
clever or subtle repartee; verbal wit.
a play on words; pun.
Origin of wordplay
1870-75; word + play Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wordplay
  • Dean's statement is a combination of exaggeration and wordplay.
  • The linguist wants them to see how wordplay and humor can be enriched by the study of linguistics.
  • Such visual puns, artfully constructed, appeal to the mind as much as any wordplay.
  • With his signature whimsy and wordplay, the author takes a jaunty excursion into a long, long lost world.
  • wordplay is a blog about crosswords and the crossword community.
  • His wit and his wordplay are displaced by the play of images flitting across a screen.
  • Yet the glamor of narrative and wordplay are incredibly powerful tools can blind us to their drawbacks.
  • She also invited a bit of wordplay that has proved irresistible both to her detractors and to her would-be successors.
  • Not through flashes of insight, wordplay, trains of thought.
  • Activities include jumpstart writing projects, wordplay and mixed media experiences.
British Dictionary definitions for wordplay


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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