how to pronounce pun


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pun is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of pun in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… in good shape to fulfill no pun intended …”

meanings of pun


  1. To beat; strike with force; to ram; to pound, as in a mortar; reduce to powder, to pulverize.
  2. To make or tell a pun; to make a play on words.


  1. A joke or type of wordplay in which similar definitions or sounds of two words or phrases, or different definitions of the same word, are deliberately confused.
  2. Alternative form of bun: a Korean unit of length equivalent to about 0.3 cm.


  1. A surname​.

pun frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word pun occurs in english on average 6.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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