a play on words

play on words

A creative use of words that have multiple meanings, often in a humorous way; a pun. Most people groan when they hear a pun, but a clever play on words can always make me laugh.
See also: on, play, word

a play on words

COMMON A play on words is a clever or humorous use of a word, especially one that has more than one meaning. This play got most of its laughs from a play on words. Its short form, TGB, is a French play on words on the TGV, the high speed train project.
See also: on, play, word