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Definition of "wordplay" []

  • Witty or clever verbal exchange; repartee. (noun)
  • The act or an instance such exchange. (noun)
  • Verbal wit based on the meanings and ambiguities of words; puns, clever repartee, etc (noun)

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Use "wordplay" in a sentence
  • "Humorous wordplay is an inextricable part of many of the featured works."
  • "Gershwin's lyric is, indeed, much more self-consciously written than Robin's, reveling in wordplay (note the extravagant conduplicatio on long and dream), various types of rhyme, and allusions far removed from everyday conversation (that whole "Aladdin's lamp" thing)."
  • "It's true that some readers are challenged by Jack's style and word selection, but for others, his masterful wordplay is unique and addicting."