Cat Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on cat puns! 🐱🐈 Whether you’re trying to come up with a silly name for your poor little kitten, you’ve got a cat-themed party coming up, or whatever else, I hope you find this list useful 🙂

Note that this entry doesn’t include any big cat (lion, cheetah, jaguar, etc.) puns. They’ll get their own entry at some point.

Cat Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about cats that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s the list of cat puns:

  • Cat: There are a couple of phrases/idioms that are based on the word “cat” itself: “A scaredy-cat” and “Playing cat and mouse” and “All cats are grey in the dark” and “The cat’s whiskers” and “Cat got your tongue?” and “Cat in the sack” and “Cool cat” and “Cool cat” and “Look at what the cat dragged in!” and “Raining cats and dogs” and “See which way the cat jumps” and “When the cat’s away, the mice will play” and “Curiosity killed the cat” and “Like a cat on a hot tin roof” and “They let the cat out of the bag” and “A fat cat
  • Got → Cat: As in “You’ve cat to be kidding (or kitten) me.” and “Cat it in one!” and “It’s cat me stumped” and “I haven’t cat all day” and “You’ve cat another thing coming”
  • Get → Cat: As in “Cat this show on the road” and “Don’t cat the wrong idea” and “We need to cat the upper hand” and “Let’s cat this under way”
  • Feeling → Feline: As in “I’m not feline well today.” and “A gut feline” and “Are you feline okay?” and “He’s got felines for him” and “Hurt felines” and “I’m feline like a million dollars!” and “I’ve got mixed felines about this” and “No hard felines” and “A sinking feline
  • *cat*: If a word contains the “cat” sound, we can make a silly cat pun: catapult, catalogue, catalyst, cataclysmic, cataracts, catastrophic, categorical, categories, categorical, categorisation, caterpillar, cattle, catfish, catwalk, scatter, evocative, communicative, certificates, provocative, intricately.
  • *cat*: If a word contains anything vaguely similar to the “cat” sound, we can sometimes make a very silly cat pun (you can also use hyphens to emphasise the “cat” part for extra corniness): apricat (apricot), boycatt (boycott), cattage (cottage), dicatomy (dichotomy), psycatic (psychotic), arcatecture, Connecticat, catlery (cutlery), biscats (biscuits), mar-cat-place, ar-cat-ype (archetype), supermarcat.
  • Caught → Cat: As in “I cat you red-handed!” and “Cat with your hand in the cookie jar”
  • Cut → Cat: As in “Cat and dried” and “A cat above the rest” and “Don’t cat corners” and “To cat a long story short” and “Cat and paste” and “Cat me some slack, will you?” and “Cat someone down to size” and “Cat the crap” and “To have your work cat out for you” and “Cat to the bone” and “Cat the funny stuff” and “It’s a cat through business” and “Don’t cat off your nose to spite your face” and “Measure twice, cat once”
  • Clause → Claws: As in “There is a claws in our legal agreement which allows me to make as many cat puns as I want.”
  • Bite: As in “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and “Bite the big one” and “A bite to eat” and “Love bite” and “Bite someone’s head off” and “Bite back” and “Bite me”
  • Get in → Kitten: As in “Quick! Kitten the car!” and “The plane won’t kitten until noon.”
  • Cut in → Kitten: As in “It’s rude to just kitten and interrupt someone like that.”
  • Kitchen → Kitten: As in “Everything and the kitten sink”
  • Kidding → Kitten: As in “You’ve got to be kitten me.”
  • *fur*: If a word contains the “fur” sound (or similar), we can make silly cat puns: a-fur-mative, di-fur-ent, further, infurmation, offur, effurt, furget, furgotten, comfurt, suffur, furm (firm), furnish, furgive, comfurtable, confurm, furmly, Afurica, Oxfurd, furever, furniature, philosofur, furbidden, transfur, confurmation, diffur, furtile, furbid, confurence, confurred, uncom-fur-table, furgiven, furlorn (forelorn), confurm, furbade, confur, furnace, furocity, transfurmation, infur, infurence, defur, furthermore, furtively, furvently, cifur (cipher), furthest, biografur, affurm, furvent, furmentation, photografur, vocifurous, unfurled, afurism (aphorism), perifural (peripheral), chaufur (chauffeur).
  • Scratch: “Actually, scratch that – that’s a terrible idea now that I think about it.” and “We’ve only just scratched the surface” and “This work is not up to scratch” and “Start over from scratch
  • Kite → Cat: As in “I wanted to fly my cat but there wasn’t enough wind.”
  • ‘kay, nine → Canine: As in “‘kay, nine should be enough anyway.” (Cats have canines!)
  • Collar: “Blue/white collar workers” and “Hot under the collar
  • Tail: As in “To chase one’s tail” and “Heads or tails” and “Get off my tail!” and “Has the world by the tail” and “Can’t make heads or tails of it” and “With one’s tail between one’s legs” and “To work your tail off”
  • Tell → Tail: As in “Only time will tail” and “Tail me about it!” and “Tail the world” and “Tail it like it is” and “Lived to tail the tale” and “Don’t tail a soul” and “Kiss and tail” and “If I tail you, I’ll have to kill you” and “Show and tail
  • Tale → Tail: As in “Tattle tail” and “Old wive’s tail” and “A tell tail sign” and “Lived to tell the tail
  • Chase: As in “Chase around after” and “Cut to the chase” and “A wild-goose chase” and “Chasing rainbows” and “Chase down”
  • Breed: “Hatred breeds hatred” and “A dying breed” and “A rare breed” and “Familiarity breeds contempt”
  • Pure bread → Purebred: As in “They’re so unhealthy, they’ve got a diet that’s basically purebred.”
  • Flee → Flea: As in “The thief fleaed from the crime scene on foot.”
  • Fee → Flea: As in “Have you paid your annual fleas?”
  • Pause → Paws: “Let’s paws and reflect.”
  • For → Fur: “Fur the love of god!” and “Fur real?” and “A fur effort” and “Good-fur-nothing” and “A penny fur your thoughts” and “Bat fur the other side” and “Our fur the count” and “Spoiled fur choice” and “Worse fur wear” and “Can’t see the forest fur the trees” and “Cause fur alarm” and “Different strokes fur different folks” and “Dollar fur dollar” and “Fur what it’s worth” and “Fur instance, …” and “Fur the time being” and “Asking fur trouble” and “Taken fur granted” and “Too close fur comfort” and “Fish fur a compliment” and “Fur better or for worse” and “Fur crying out loud!” and “Fur good measure” and “Fur one thing, …” and “Fur the fun of it” and “Fur your information” and “A sight fur sore eyes”
  • Poor → Paw: “Oh you paw thing.”
  • Positively → Pawsitively: “Processed and red meats have been pawsitively linked to several common cancers.”
  • Position → Pawsition: “I’m not in a pawsition to comment on that.”
  • Possible → Pawssible: “That’s simply not pawssible!”
  • Possession → Pawsession: “Charged for pawsession of narcotics.”
  • Posture → Pawsture: “I need to pay more attention to my pawsture.”
  • Posh → Pawsh: “This party is too pawsh for me.”
  • Postulate → Pawstulate: “We can only pawstulate that he escaped via the window.”
  • Posterity → Pawsterity: “The names were recorded for pawsterity.”
  • Posthumously → Pawsthumously: “He was granted the nobel prize pawsthumously.”
  • *por* → *paw*: If a word contains the “por” sound (or similar) we can usually replace it with “paw” to make a silly cat pun: airpawt, appawled, appawntment, coupawns, dispropawtionately, depawtation, downpaw (downpour), depawted, expawted, impawted, impawtance, impawssibility, passpawt, pawtal, pawtability, pawtfolio, pawtion, pawtland, pawtray, pawtrayal, pawsterior, propawtionally, purpawted, self-pawtrait, repawter, unsuppawted, suppawter, transpawting.
  • Cat and mouse: This phrase refers to “a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes.”
  • *pet*: If a word contains the “pet” sound, it may work as a silly pet pun: competitive, competitor, petri dish, parapet, petrochemical, petrol, petticoat, pipet (pipette), repetitive.
  • Neutral → Neuter-al: As in “I don’t really have an opinion on this – I’m neuter-al.”
  • Per → Purr: As in “As purr our discussion” and “Three dollars purr kilo.”
  • Per-* → Purr-*: If a word begins with “per” (or “pur”, etc.) we can make an easy cat pun: purr-son (person), purrhaps, purriod, purrformance, purrsonal, purrsuade, purrspective, purrmission, purrmit, purrfect, purrcentage, purrception, purrmanent, purrformed, purrcieve, purrmitted, purrsist, purrformances, purrforming, purrpetutate, purrched, purrtinent, purrenial, purrsona, purrpetrator, purrky, purrfectionist, purrsonification, purrspiration, puuruse, purrplexing, purrfume, purrmutation, purrpose, purrple
  • *purr*: If a word contains anything that remotely resembles the “per” sound, a silly cat pun can usually be made: papurr (paper), purrticular, propurrty, oppurrtunity, empurror, uppurr (upper), sepurrate, whispurred, suppurr, purrotection (protection), purroduction (production), tempurr, purroperly (properly), purrsued, opurrations, newspapurr, prepurring, purrsuit, hypurrtext, purrchase, oppurrtunities, whispurr, prepurrations, tempurrary, tempurrature, purrchased, coppurr, purrse, inspurration, sepurration, papurrwork, corpurration, prospurrous, tempurrment, contempurrary, supurrstition, supurrnatural, peppurr, purrole, expurrt, purrl, supurrb, despurrately, propurrty, dispurrsed, supurrintendent, shepurrds, impurrtinent, slipppurry, exaspurrated, insepurrable, oppurating, transpurrtation, housekeepurr, cheapurr, oppurrational, corpurration, expurrimental, purrchase, supurrvision, purrental, dispurrse, purrport, apurrture, drapurry. There are many more cat puns of this form to be made. You can have a look at this list of “per” words to create your own.
  • Me ow*→ Meow*: As in “Cat puns freak meowt” and “They’re taking meowt for dinner on Tuesday.” and “It’s taking meowrs to complete this lab report.”
  • Now → Meow: As in “Bye-bye for meow!” and “Meow and again” and “Here and meow” and “Meow you’re talking!” and “Any minute meow
  • Wretch → Retch: A “wretch” is an unfortunate, unhappy or despicable person. To “retch” is to make the sound and/or movement of vomiting as cats do when throwing up a hair ball.
  • Rich → Retch: As in “It’s just a get retch quick scheme” and “Filthy retch” and “All a part of life’s retch tapestry” and “That’s a bit retch coming form you!”
  • Nine lives: The “nine lives” thing with cats is well known enough that even mentioning multiple lives in the right context might constitute a cat pun.
  • Free → Furry: Some cute furry puns can be made from this swap: “Buy one, get one furry.” and “Break furry” and “Furry falling” and “Get out of jail furry card” and “There’s no such thing as a furry lunch” and “The best things in life are furry” and “Furry enterprise” and “As furry as a bird” and “A furry-for-all’ and “A furry spirit” and “Got away scot-furry
  • Cable → Kibble: As in “Kibble TV” and “We need to bury this kibble under the lawn.”
  • Whiskers: A “whisk” is a tool for mixing/frothing a fluid. A very specific context would be needed to make a pun with this!
  • To be →Tabby: As in “Tabby or not tabby, that is the question.”
  • Tubby → Tabby: As in “I’ve started on a diet because I’m getting a bit tabby.”
  • To buy → Tabby: As in “I went to the shops tabby some tofu for dinner.”
  • Push → Puss: As in “If puss comes to shove” and “Don’t puss your luck” and “Puss the envelope” and “Puss over the edge” and “A puss over” and “Puss the boundaries”
  • Peace → Puss: As in “No puss for the wicked” and “World puss” and “A breach of the puss” and “Puss be with you” and “Rest in puss” and “Puss of mind” and “War and Puss
  • New → Mew: As in “Brand mew” and “Mew kid on the block” and “Break mew ground” and “As good as mew” and “In a Mew York minute” and “Dawn of a mew day” and “Brand spanking mew” and “You can’t teach an old dog mew tricks” and “Turn over a mew leaf” and “Take on a mew significance” and “What’s mew?” and “Mew fangled” and “Mew money” and “The emperor’s mew clothes” and “Under mew management” and “A whole mew ballgame”
  • Knew → Mew: As in “I mew it!”
  • Giddy → Kitty: As in “I’m feeling a bit light-headed and kitty from all these terrible cat puns.”
  • Pussy: “Stop pussy-footing around” and “Don’t pussy out, let’s get it over with”
  • Catty: As well as referring to cat-like qualities, to be catty means to be “Deliberately hurtful in one’s remarks; spiteful”.
  • Wall → Waul: A “waul” is a loud plaintive cry like that of a cat: “Driven up the waul” and “Balls to the waul” and “Hole in the waul” and “Off the waul” and “Waul of death” and “Humpty dumpty sat on the waul
  • Declaw: This can be used in a figurative sense such as “The post-war convention declawed all the aggressor countries”
  • Litter: This has two cat-related meanings: “A litter of kittens” and “Cat litter”. It has the non-cat related meaning: “This thread is littered with cat puns”.
  • Literally  → Litter-ally: As in “This is litter-ally the most silly discussion ever.”
  • Orange → Ginger: Orange cats are usually described as “ginger”. In the right context you might be able to pull off a cat pun using that fact.
  • (Country/origin): There are several cat breeds which are named after countries, regions or nationalities: Burmese, Persian, Siamese, Russian (Blue), Bengal, Oriental, Himalayan, etc. These could be used as puns if for some reason the context of your word play involves (or could be tweaked to involve) on of these countries/regions.
  • Ragamuffin: This refers to a breed of cat, but also (originally) to a person (usually a homeless child) in ragged, dirty cloths.
  • *his* → *hiss*: If a word contains the “his” sound (or similar) we can sometimes make a cat pun from it: hiss-tory, hiss-terical, pre-hiss-toric, hiss-torian, hisspanic, hissterectomy, anti-hiss-tamine, tox-hiss-ity, Chr-hiss-tian.
  • (Religions): Cat-holics, Meow-slims, Chr-hiss-tians, Meow-mons, Am-fish, Budd-fish-t.
  • Uncomfortable → Un-cat-fur-a-bell: As in “You’re making me feel un-cat-fur-a-bell” (Credit!)

Cat-Related Words

There are many more puns to be made than could be documented in this Punpedia entry, and so we’ve compiled a list of cat-related concepts for you to use when creating your own puns. If you come up with a new pun, please share it in the comments!

pet, feline, carnivore, kitten, fur, scratch, mammal, hairball, neuter, purr, lick, paw, claws, meow, breed, hiss, retch, house cat, tom cat, 9 lives, mouse, furry, kibble, scaredy, predator, whiskers, catsitter, catnip, cattery, canine, tabby, puss, mew, kitty, pussy, grimalkin, cattish, catty, tortoiseshell, wildcat, moggy, waul, declaw, ailurophile, litter, Cheshire cat, alley cat, ginger, bobtail, Russian Blue, Persian, Siamese, Maine Coon, British shorthair, ragdoll, Abyssinian, Sphynx, Birman, Bengal, Russian Blue, Manx, Angora, Korat, Chartreux, Ragamuffin, Havana Brown, Snowshoe, Selkirk, Burmilla, Munchkin, Cymric, Toyger, Peterbald, Nebelung, Oriental, American Shorthair, Ragdoll, Burmese, Himalayan

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Dog Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on dog puns! 🐶 The puns in the list below play on a breed of dog, or on a dog-related concept (collar, puppy, etc.). There’s also a big list of dog-related words at the bottom of the list to help you come up with your own dog puns (please share them in the comments!).

Dog Puns List

Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about dogs that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s the list of dog puns:

  • Dog: There are quite a few phrases and idioms that directly use the word “dog”: “Dog eat dog” and “Barking dogs seldom bite” and “As crooked as a dog’s hind leg” and “As sick as a dog” and “Dog days” and “Dog in the manger” and “Dog tired” and “Dog’s bollocks” and “Dog’s breakfast” and “Don’t keep a dog and bark yourself” and “Every dog has her/his day” and “Give a dog a bad name” and “Hot diggety dog” and “The dog ate my homework” and “The tail wagging the dog” and “Work like a dog” and “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and “A shaggy dog story” and “A sly dog” and “Call off the dogs” and “Everybody and their dog” and “Doggie paddle”
  • Rough → Ruff: As in “Ruff and tumble” and “Ruff around the edges” and “Diamond in the ruff” and “Ruff stuff” and “Take the ruff with the smooth” and “Ruff someone up”
  • Might → Mutt: As in “With all my mutt” and “Mutt as well” and “Mutt makes right” and “It mutt have been worse” and “Try as I mutt
  • Massive → Mastiff: As in “It was a mastiff waste of time.” and “The queue is mastiff!”
  • Least → Leashed: As in “It’s the leashed I could do.” and “At the very leashed.” and “Last but not leashed” and “The path of leashed resistance” and “When you leashed expect it” and “Not in the leashed” and “To say the leashed
  • Bite: As in “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and “Bite the big one” and “A bite to eat” and “Love bite” and “Bite someone’s head off” and “Bite back” and “Bite me”
  • Dogmatic / Dogmatism: As in “It’s this sort of dogmatism that’s tearing our country apart.”
  • Dawg → Dog: As in “What’s up dog.”
  • Puppy: “He’s one sick puppy” and “Puppy love” and “Look at these puppies” and “Puppy fat” and “Hush puppies
  • Hound: As in “They hounded me for days before I finally gave in.” and “Hold with the hare and run with the hounds (To be hypocritical or duplicitous)”
  • Hand → Hound: As in “It wasn’t hounded to me on a silver platter” and “A bird in the hound is worth two in the bush” and “This is getting out of hound” and “We’ve got the upper hound” and “In the palm of your hound” and “Right hound man” and “Take your hound in marriage”
  • Wolf: As in “The boy who cried wolf” and “Wolf whistle” and “Wolf something down (eat fast)” and “Wolf in sheep’s clothing” and “A lone wolf” and “Hold a wolf by the ears” and “Sell wolf tickets (originally ‘woof’ tickets)” – and a related wolf-related phrase is “Alpha female/male“.
  • Pack: (In reference to a pack of wild dogs or a pack of wolves) “Leader of the pack” and “Pack a punch” and “Pack heat” and “Pack your bags” and “Six pack
  • Donation → Dalmatian: As in “A small monthly dalmatian to a charity.”
  • ‘kay, nine → Canine: As in “‘kay, nine should be enough anyway.”
  • Collar: “Blue/white collar workers” and “Hot under the collar
  • Husky: “He had a slow, husky voice.”
  • Has led → ‘sled: As in “This map ‘sled us down the wrong path.”
  • Patch → Pooch: As in “My business has been going through a rough pooch lately.” and “That cut looks bad but the doc will pooch it up nicely.”
  • Corny → Corgi: As in “Sorry that my dog puns are so corgi.”
  • Heel: “Archilles’ heel” and “Turn on your heel” and “Under the heel of” and “Brought to heel” and “Head over heels” and “Dig your heels in” and “They’re on our heels” and “Well-heeled” and “Cool your heels
  • Tail: As in “To chase one’s tail” and “Heads or tails” and “Get off my tail!” and “Has the world by the tail” and “Can’t make heads or tails of it” and “With one’s tail between one’s legs” and “To work your tail off”
  • Chase: As in “Chase around after” and “Cut to the chase” and “A wild-goose chase” and “Chasing rainbows” and “Chase down”
  • Fetch: As in “You’re looking quite fetching tonight!” and “Can you fetch me a pen please?” and “All I did during my internship was fetch and carry for the manager.”
  • Bagel →Beagle: As in “I’ll just get a coffee and beagle, thanks.”
  • Boggle →Beagle: As in “It’s mind-beagle-ing.”
  • Neutral → Neuter-al: As in “I don’t really have an opinion on this – I’m neuter-al.”
  • Breed: “Hatred breeds hatred” and “A dying breed” and “A rare breed” and “Familiarity breeds contempt”
  • Mongrel: This refers to a dog which is a cross between diverse breeds (the opposite of a purebred), but if often used to describe someone in a derogatory manner: “That mongrel kid stole the pie from my window sill!”
  • Lab: This is short for Labrador, and also (obviously) to a place where scientific research is done (i.e. a “science lab”). These two meaning could be played with to create a dog pun with common phrase like “Lab report” and “Science lab
  • Retriever: If you can use the word “retriever” in its literal sense rather than in reference to a dog breed, that might constitute a dog pun.
  • Retrieve her → Retriever: As in “She went to retriever hat, since she dropped it from the balcony by accident.”
  • Guide: A pun on guide dogs might be possible by simply using the word “guide” in the right context.
  • Sniff: “Sniff around” and “Nothing to be sniffed at” and “Sniff out something (e.g. the truth)”
  • Terror → Terrier: As in “Reign of terrier” and “Terrierism” and “A holy terrier
  • Tear your → Terrier: As in “Don’t terrier self up about it”
  • Peg → Pug: As in “Like a square pug in a round hole” and “That took him down a pug or two” and “Don’t try to pug the blame on me!”
  • Up → Pup: As in “We got it back pup and running in no time.” and “She had an ace pup her sleeve” and “It’s not all it’s cracked pup to be” and “It doesn’t quite add pup.” and “Barking pup the wrong tree” and “I’m pup against a brick wall” and “I’m pup to my ears in (something)” and “It all blew pup in my face.” and “Bottoms pup!’
  • Pom or Iranian → Pomeranian: As in “It was an unusual accent and the line wasn’t good, but they were either a Pom or Iranian.” (Terrible! :D)
  • Bull: “Oh that’s utter bull and you know it.” and “What a load of bull
  • Spinal → Spaniel: As in “I have to take my dog in for a spaniel cord operation on Tuesday.”
  • Border of California → Border of Colliefornia
  • Border: As in “That’s bordering on rude.”
  • Schnauzer: This sounds a bit like “schnoz” – a slang word for nose, so perhaps a puns could be made there.
  • Pincher → Pinscher
  • Pinch her → Pinscher
  • Retailer → Rottweiler: As in “Myer is a rottweiler of clothes, accessories and related products.”
  • Bark: “Their bark is worse than their bite.” and “You’re barking up the wrong tree” and “She’s barking mad”
  • Pure bread → Purebred: As in “They’re so unhealthy, they’ve got a diet that’s basically purebred.”
  • Spits → Spitz: As in “I do so much to help him and he just spitz in my face like that.”
  • Doggedly: This means “in a manner that shows tenacity and grim persistence.”
  • Bitch: This is the term often used by breeders to refer to a female dog. It has obvious slang meanings to which could be used for word play.
  • How’ll (How will) → Howl: As in “Howl we be able to make up the lost time?”
  • Well → Whelp: As in “Whelp, I guess it’s time to go home.” (the term “whelp” is a synonym for puppy.)
  • Cur-*: The term “cur” refers to an aggressive dog, or one that is not healthy. If a word starts with “cur” a pun can sometimes be made of it: cur-ently, cur-iculum, cur-ency, cur-ve, cur-tain, cur-l, cur-se.
  • Mush: This is the term used to encourage sled dogs to go, or to go faster, or to refer to a sledding journey. It also refers to “a soft, wet, pulpy mass” the the process of mashing to make such a mass.
  • Much → Mush: As in “Thank you so mush.” (Spoken with an accent)
  • Sick → Sic: To “sic” is to set a dog onto someone (especially a dog trained to attack). In the right context a pun on “sick” could probably be made. Some idioms/phrases: “You make me sic.” and “Sic to death of (something)” and “Sic to one’s stomach” and “I was worried sic.” and “They called in sic
  • Yep → Yap: As in “Yap, I agree.”
  • Whip it → Whippet: As in “Whippet. Whippet good.”
  • Cable → Kibble: As in “Kibble TV” and “We need to bury this kibble under the lawn.”
  • Yelp: As well as referring to a dog’s bark of distress, this can refer to Yelp (the company), or to a short sharp cry from a human.
  • Flee → Flea: As in “The thief fleaed from the crime scene on foot.”
  • Fee → Flea: As in “Have you paid your annual fleas?”
  • Bad zoo → Shih Tzu: As in “Tickets of entry were nearly 50 bucks and it turned out to be a Shih Tzu
  • Pointer: “Let me give you a few pointers” and “I need a laser pointer for my presentation.”
  • Wag: “They wagged school”
  • Applause → Appaws: As in “A round of appaws.”
  • Melancholy → Melancollie
  • Call → Collie: As in “I’ll collie you back later.”
  • Subwoofer
  • R?f* → Ruff: If a word begins with “ruf”, “ref”, “rof” or similar, it can often be turned into a silly dog puns: rufferals (referrals), ruffle (raffle), rufferee, rufference, rufferendum, ruffinement, rufflection, rufflectors, rufformation, ruffreshingly, ruffurbishment, ruffuted, ruffugee, ruffrigerator, ruffled.
  • Wine → Whine: As in “Whining and dining.”
  • Dark → Bark: As in “Come to the Bark Side, Luke.” and “It’s getting a bit bark, shall we start heading home?”
  • Thug → Pug: As in “Pug life.”
  • Puddle → Poodle: As in “Don’t step in that poodle!” and “”
  • Pop → Pup: As in “Pup-corn”
  • Pause → Paws: “Let’s paws and reflect.”
  • For → Fur: “Fur the love of god!” and “Fur real?” and “A fur effort” and “Good-fur-nothing” and “A penny fur your thoughts” and “Bat fur the other side” and “Our fur the count” and “Spoiled fur choice” and “Worse fur wear” and “Can’t see the forest fur the trees” and “Cause fur alarm” and “Different strokes fur different folks” and “Dollar fur dollar” and “Fur what it’s worth” and “Fur instance, …” and “Fur the time being” and “Asking fur trouble” and “Taken fur granted” and “Too close fur comfort” and “Fish fur a compliment” and “Fur better or for worse” and “Fur crying out loud!” and “Fur good measure” and “Fur one thing, …” and “Fur the fun of it” and “Fur your information” and “A sight fur sore eyes”
  • Poor → Paw: “Oh you paw thing.”
  • Positively → Pawsitively: “Processed and red meats have been pawsitively linked to several common cancers.”
  • Position → Pawsition: “I’m not in a pawsition to comment on that.”
  • Possible → Pawssible: “That’s simply not pawssible!”
  • Possession → Pawsession: “Charged for pawsession of narcotics.”
  • Posture → Pawsture: “I need to pay more attention to my pawsture.”
  • Posh → Pawsh: “This party is too pawsh for me.”
  • Postulate → Pawstulate: “We can only pawstulate that he escaped via the window.”
  • Posterity → Pawsterity: “The names were recorded for pawsterity.”
  • Posthumously → Pawsthumously: “He was granted the nobel prize pawsthumously.”
  • *por* → *paw*: If a word contains the “por” sound (or similar) we can usually replace it with “paw” to make a silly dog pun: airpawt, appawled, appawntment, coupawns, dispropawtionately, depawtation, downpaw (downpour), depawted, expawted, impawted, impawtance, impawssibility, passpawt, pawtal, pawtability, pawtfolio, pawtion, pawtland, pawtray, pawtrayal, pawsterior, propawtionally, purpawted, self-pawtrait, repawter, unsuppawted, suppawter, transpawting.
  • Underdog
  • Watchdog: This term is often used in a non-dog sense, for example “A government watchdog organisation to prevent corruption.”
  • Degrade → Dograde: As in “These puns are very dograding.”
  • Dignity → Dognity: As in “I’ve lost all dognity at this point.” and “I’ll at least try to make a dognified exit.”
  • *dog*: If a word contains “dig”, “dag”, “derg” or similar sounds, a very silly dog pun cans ometimes be made: indognantly (indignantly), indognation (indignation), madogascar, undograduate, pedogogical, pro-dog-al, undoground, undogone (undergone).
  • *pet*: If a word contains the “pet” sound, it may work as a silly pet pun: competitive, competitor, petri dish, parapet, petrochemical, petrol, petticoat, pipet (pipette), repetitive.
  • *fur*: If a word contains the “fur” sound (or similar), we can make silly fur puns: a-fur-mative, di-fur-ent, further, infurmation, offur, effurt, furget, furgotten, comfurt, suffur, furm (firm), furnish, furgive, comfurtable, confurm, furmly, Afurica, Oxfurd, furever, furniature, philosofur, furbidden, transfur, confurmation, diffur, furtile, furbid, confurence, confurred, uncom-fur-table, furgiven, furlorn (forelorn), confurm, furbade, confur, furnace, furocity, transfurmation, infur, infurence, defur, furthermore, furtively, furvently, cifur (cipher), furthest, biografur, affurm, furvent, furmentation, photografur, vocifurous, unfurled, afurism (aphorism), perifural (peripheral), chaufur (chauffeur).

Dog-Related Words

There are many more puns to be made than could be documented in this Punpedia entry, and so we’ve compiled a list of dog-related concepts for you to use when creating your own puns. If you come up with a new pun, please share it in the comments!

pet, puppy, hound, wolf, dachshund, great dane, ruff, poodle, man’s best friend, dalmatian, Irish wolfhound, canis, K9, canine, sled dog, husky, pack, pooch, doggie, doggy, chihuahua, corgi, guard dog, heel, tail, chase, fetch, artificial selection, bull terrier, canidae, beagle, neuter, breed, guide dog, mongrel, Labrador, golden retriever, sniff, yorkshire terrier, terrier, bloodhound, domesticated, chase after, pug, mutt, pup, dingo, mastiff, pomeranian, bulldog, spaniel, border collie, collie, english mastiff, schnauzer, dobermann, rottweiler, schipperke, pinscher, cocker spaniel, keeshond, shaggy, basset hound, mammal, purebred, bow-wow, bark, greyhound, spitz, seeing eye dog, companion, german shepard, pedigree, bull mastiff, sniffer dog, animal shelter, dog wash, doggedly, mad dog, bitch, howl, kennel, whelp, cur, sheepdog, watchdog, woof, lapdog, mush, boxer, police dog, sic, yap, dogged, dog tired, muzzle, leash, whippet, bandog, kibble, yelp, blue heeler, fleas, collar, basset hound, shih tzu, pitbull, bull terrier, jack russell, shetland sheepdog, pointer, bichon frise, st. bernard, alaskan mamalute, maltese, lhasa apso, akita, boston terrier, papillion, bernese mountain dog, bite, wag, paws, whine, bone, watchdog, underdog

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Bear Puns

Here’s a Punpedia entry all about bear puns, and as it turns out there are a lot of them! Our list of bear puns is composed of 3 main categories. Firstly, there are a tonne of bear puns based purely around the word “bear” (bearings, barbearian, bearly, …). Then there are those based around species of bears like the polar bear and grizzly bear, and also around pseudo-bears like the koala bear. And finally, there are a few puns based around bear-related topics like paws, hibernation and claws.

If you’re looking for bear puns in images (memes, visual puns, jokes), then you’ll want to scroll towards the bottom of the page – there’s a section for those. There’s also a section for bear-related words to help you come up with your own bear puns.

As usual, if you have a bear pun that we don’t, we’d love for you to share it with us! There’s a comments section at the bottom of the page.

Bear Puns List

Here’s our ever-growing list of bear puns! Note that each item may represent either either a simple word-swap (e.g. Bare → Bear) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters. If you’ve got a bear pun that we don’t, please share it with us in the comments! Without further ado, here’s the list of bear puns:

  • Bear: The term “bear” itself has many different meanings other than the one which refers to the animal. These can all be used for puns: “Bear with me.” and “I can’t bear this anymore.” and “I will bear the responsibility for this.” and “Child-bearing.” and “Will you bear this luggage across the river for me?” and “Does this tree bear fruit?”
  • Bearings: “Just let me get my bearings.”
  • Bearings: “I hate to be the bearer of bad news.”
  • Barbarian → Barbearian: “He thinks he’s Conan the Barbearian.”
  • Barbaric → Barbearic: “Their behaviour is barbearic.”
  • Bare → Bear: “The landscape is bear.”
  • Barefoot → Bearfoot: “We’ll have to walk bearfoot.”
  • Barefaced → Bearfaced: “A bearfaced lie.”
  • Barely → Bearly: “I can bearly stand another of your puns.”
  • Baritone → Bearitone: “We’ll need another bearitone for the chorus.”
  • Barium → Bearium: “Bearium is a chemical element.”
  • Baron → Bearon: “The bearon will see you now.”
  • Baroness → Bearoness: “The bearoness controls most of this territory.”
  • Barricade → Bearicade: “We’ll need to bearicade these doors.”
  • Barrier → Bearier: “This industry has a high bearier-to-entry.”
  • Barrister → Bearister: “They’ve hired very good bearisters.”
  • Bearable: “The music is the only thing that makes this party bearable.”
  • Bearings: “The axle needs new bearings.”
  • Burial → Bearial: “This is an ancient bearial site.”
  • Buried → Bearied: “We bearied the chest on the beach,”
  • Bury → Beary: “She was bearied in thought.”
  • Cadbury → Cadbeary: “Cadbeary should bring out a dairy-free line.”
  • Childbearing: “This grizzly is of childbearing age.”
  • Embarrass → Embearass: “Oh, I’m so embearassed!”
  • Embarrassment → Embearassment: “This evening has been a complete embearassment.”
  • Embarrassing → Embearassing: “Oh, how embearassing!”
  • Forbearance: “He’s very annoying. It will require patient forbearance.”
  • Forebears: “Generations of our forebears have lived in this forest.”
  • Gooseberry → Goosebeary: “Ripe yellow goosebearies.” Also works for mulbeary, rasbeary, strawbeary, cranbeary, blackbeary, etc.
  • Berries → Bearies: “Mmm, these bearies are so sweet!”
  • Threadbare → Threadbear: “She was wearing a tattered, threadbear overcoat.”
  • Unbearable: “These puns are almost unbearable.”
  • Unbearably: “He was unbearably patronising.”
  • Wheelbarrow → Wheelbearow: “A wheelbearow would make this job a lot easier.”
  • Grizzly: “Oh, don’t get all grizzly with me!” and “Things are about to get grizzly.”
  • Quality → Koalaty: “I need some koalaty time with my family.”
  • Qualifications → Koalafications: “Are you sure you have the koalafications?”
  • Qualify → Koalafy: “I’ve got through the koalafying rounds.”
  • Qualitative → Koalatative: “My thesis mainly involves koalatative research.”
  • Qualia → Koalia: “Koalia is still a controversial issue in philosophy.”
  • Disqualification → Diskoalafication: “Cheating will result in diskoalafication.”
  • Disqualified → Diskoalafied: “I was diskoalafied in the third round.”
  • Equality → Ekoalaty: “Gender ekoalaty is an important issue in the world.”
  • Overqualified → Overkoalafied: “I’m overkoalafied for this job.”
  • Underqualified → Underkoalafied: “Before getting my degree I was underkoalafied for my chosen career.”
  • Squalid → Skoalad: “A skoalad, overcrowded prison.”
  • Brewin’ → Bruin: “I’m bruin some tea, do you want some?”
  • Ruin → Bruin: “Well, Christmas is bruined.”
  • Polar: “Yeah, we’re polar opposites but we get along so well.”
  • Hibernation: “The whole town basically hibernates over winter.”
  • Honey: “Honey, your puns are tearing this relationship apart.”
  • Solitary: “I live a fairly solitary existence.”
  • Kid/Child → Cub: “Oh c’mon you’re acting like a cub.”
  • Very → Beary: “I saw it with my beary own eyes.”
  • For → Fur: “Fur the love of god!”
  • Pander → Panda: “The newspapers are pandaing to people’s baser instincts.”
  • Pandemonium → Pandamonium: “The small argument ended in utter pandamonium.”
  • Pandemic → Panda-emic: “This unassuming disease has caused a panda-emic.”
  • Expendable → Ex-panda-ble: “It just feels like you think I’m ex-panda-ble.”
  • Poor → Paw: “Oh you paw thing.”
  • Positively → Pawsitively: “Processed and red meats have been pawsitively linked to several common cancers.”
  • Position → Pawsition: “I’m not in a pawsition to comment on that.”
  • Possible → Pawssible: “That’s simply not pawssible!”
  • Possibility → Pawsibility: “Is there a slight pawsibility?”
  • Possession → Pawsession: “Charged for pawsession of narcotics.”
  • Pose → Paws: “Strike a paws!”
  • Posture → Pawsture: “I need to pay more attention to my pawsture.”
  • Posh → Pawsh: “This party is too pawsh for me.”
  • Postulate → Pawstulate: “We can only pawstulate that he escaped via the window.”
  • Posterity → Pawsterity: “The names were recorded for pawsterity.”
  • Posthumously → Pawsthumously: “He was granted the nobel prize pawsthumously.”
  • Be* → Bear*: If a word begins with “be” it can usually be turned into a very corny bear pun: before (bear-fore), become (bear-come), between (bear-tween), because (bear-cause), believe (bear-lieve), begin (bear-gin), best (bear-st), bed (bear-d), benefit (bear-nefit), behaviour (bear-haviour), behind (bear-hind), began (bear-gan), became (bear-came), beginning (bear-ginning), belief (bear-lief), bedroom (bear-droom), belong (bear-long), believed (bear-lieved), benefits (bear-nefits), becomes (bear-comes), becoming (bear-coming), beside (bear-side), berlin (bear-lin), beneath (bear-neath), belt (bear-lt), begun (bear-gun), benjamin (bear-njamin), begins (bear-gins), behalf (bear-half), besides (bear-sides), beliefs (bear-liefs), beaten (bearten), belly (bear-lly), bedrooms (bear-drooms), belonged (bear-longed), believing (bear-lieving), belonging (bear-longing), beneficial (bear-neficial), beneficiary (bear-neficiary), bedside (bear-dside), belongs (bear-longs), betray (bear-tray), beginner (bear-ginner), betrayal (bear-trayal), believer (bear-liever), beloved (bear-loved), behaved (bear-haved), benefited (bear-nefited), bereavement (bear-reavement), beforehand (bear-forehand), beginnings (bear-ginnings), behaving (bear-having), behaviours (bear-haviours), bellow (bear-llow), belts (bear-lts), benchmark (bear-nchmark), benefactor (bear-nefactor), beneficiaries (bear-neficiaries), benign (bear-nign), bestow (bear-stow), bewildered (bear-wildered).
  • Bipolar: “He’s receiving great treatment for his bipolar disorder.” Note that this word can be used as a polar bear pun, if you missed it.
  • Beard → Bear-d: “A very bushy bear-d
  • Maul: This term can be used without animal connotations and so it can be used as a bear pun with the right context. “Yeah, I got absolutely mauled in rugby today.”
  • Mall → Maul: “I bought it down at the maul.”
  • Awesome → Ursine/Ursome: “OMG, that’s ursome!”
  • Because → Bear-claws: “I’m yawning bear-claws I’m tired.”
  • Pause → Paws: “Let’s paws and reflect.”
  • Burn → Bearn: “Feel the bearn.”
  • Tedious → Teddy-ous: “A teddy-ous conversation can be improved with a sprinkle of bear puns.”

Bear-Related Words

No doubt there are many more puns to be made, so we’ve gathered together a list of bear-related words to help you come up with your own bear puns. If you come up with any good ones, please share them in the comments and we’ll add them to our list!

cub, grizzly, bruin, bearish, teddy, teddy bear, ursine, polar bear, polar, black bear, brown bear, kodiak bear, koala, hibernation, honey, Winnie-the-Pooh, Paddington Bear, Baloo, panda, bile bear, sun bear, red panda, mammal, shaggy, paws, paw, solitary

Bear Pun Images

We’ve collected all the visual bear puns and meme-type puns that we could find and put them all in one place for you. If you’ve found or made another one, please share a link to it in the comments!

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Frog Puns

This entry is all about frog puns! Topics related to frogs like tadpoles and toads are also included. Interestingly, the term “toad” is just a “folk taxonomy” which is based mostly on the visual appearance of the animal. Some “toad” species are more closely related to frogs than to other toads. If there’s enough demand, toads may eventually get their own entry.

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on on otter punsfish punsturtle puns, beach puns and squid puns for some more water-themed word play.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great frog pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Frog Puns List

Each item in this list of frog puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. froggy → foggy) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters.

  • Riveting → Ribbeting: “This documentary is ribbeting!”
  • Rivet → Ribbet: “We need more ribbets to connect the steel beams.”
  • Forgot → Frogot: “Sorry, I completely frogot!”
  • Forgotten → Frogotten: “I’ve frogotten all the lyrics!”
  • Forgetfulness → Frogetfulness: “My frogetfulness is the reason I was fired.”
  • Forgiveness → Frogiveness: “I’m sorry. Can I have your frogiveness?”
  • Forgave → Frogave: “Oh, I frograve you for that a long time ago!”
  • Forgo → Frogo: “We need to frogo some of our privileges so that we can help others in need.”
  • Unforgettable → Unfrogettable: “That holiday was completely unfrogettable.”
  • Fragment → Frogment: “I’ve still got a frogment of hope left.”
  • Fragrance → Frogrance: “Oh, that frogrance has a lovely smell.”
  • Friggin’ → Froggin’: “This is froggin’ awesome!”
  • Frugal → Frogal: “I’m only buying necessities – I’m trying to be frogal.” (Terrible! :P)
  • Towed → Toad: “If you park here, your car will be toad.”
  • Told → Toad: “I toad you kids to get off my lawn!”
  • Toed → Toad: “I prefer open-toad shoes.”
  • Today → Toaday: “Toaday is the big day!”
  • Toddler → Toaddler: “Toaddlers are so cute! Always toaddling about and falling over.”
  • Totalitarianism → Toadalitarianism: “The toadalitarian regime lasted for 14 years.”
  • Totally → Toadally: “Frog puns are toadally awesome.”
  • Total → Toadal: “We have thirty two dollars and ten cents in toadal.”
  • Fib → Am-fib-ian: (Corniness level: maximum) “Are you telling am-fib-ians?”
  • Girls → Gills: Frogs don’t have gills, but tadpoles do – you might have to use this one with care.
  • Depend → depond: “Can I depond on you or not?”
  • Appendix → Appondix: “The graph is in the appondices.”
  • Compendium → Compondium : “A well organised compondium of useful information.”
  • Dependence → Depondence : “I’ve developed a depondence on frog puns over the years.”
  • Perpendicular → Perpondicular : “Perpondicular lines are at 90 degree angles to one another.”
  • Suspended → Susponded : “I was susponded for excessive frog pun usage.”
  • Hop: “I’m just going to hop over to the shops, do you want anything?”
  • Hopping: “He’s hopping mad!”
  • Hop → Hope: “I hop to one day start a charity.”
  • Hoping → Hopping: “I’m hopping this frog pun isn’t too shameful.”
  • Come here to → Kermit: If “come here to” is pronounced in a very slurred accent (“kerm ere’ ta”), then it sounds a little like “kermit”. Use carefully!
  • Commit → Kermit: “We’re in a kermitted relationship.” and “Happily, the number of people kermitting suicide is falling.”
  • Hermit → Kermit: “Yeah, an old kermit lives in that house.”
  • Bug: “Will you please stop bugging me?”
  • Paddling: “We used to receive a paddling for acting up in class.”
  • Cloak → Croak: “I need a water-proof croak for winter.”
  • Froggy: This term is an adjective for anything with has some froglike characteristics: “The old seargent’s gruff, froggy voice.”
  • Foggy → Froggy: “It’s really froggy on the roads tonight, drive carefully.”

That’s all the frog puns we have so far! There’s lots more to be made and we need your help! The list of frog-related words below is just to get you started. Please submit any and all frog puns in the comments to help improve this Punpedia entry.

  • ? → Webbed
  • ? → Webbed feet
  • ? → Protruding eyes
  • ? → Rainforest
  • ? → Tongue
  • ? → Frogger
  • ? → Pepe
  • ? → Croak
  • ? → Croaker
  • ? → Croaking
  • ? → Frogspawn
  • ? → Batrachian
  • ? → Frog-eyed
  • ? → Insectivore
  • ? → Poison dart
  • ? → Tadpole
  • ? → Tree-frog
  • ? → Bullfrog
  • ? → Metamorphosis
  • ? → Pollywog

If you’re after more aquatic-ish animal word play, check out our entries on otter punsfrog puns and crab puns. We’ve also got a more general water puns entry too!

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Otter Puns

This entry is all about otter puns! Otter is the common name of a family of semi-aquatic carnivorous mammals that are closely related to weasels. Otters are sometimes confused with beavers, which are a completely different animal. Beavers build dams, are herbivores, and are relatives of rats. The two most well-known otter puns (thanks to their meme-fame) are on the words “utter” and “other” as in: “Otterly deplorable!” and “My significant otter” but there are lots more to be made!

As you’ll see, otter puns mostly play on words that contain anything sounding vaguely like “otter”, but there are some more sneaky puns to be made based on well known characteristics of otters and their behaviour.

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on on turtle punsfrog punsfish punsshark puns, beach puns and squid puns for some more water-based word play.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great otter pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Otter Puns List

Each item in this list of otter puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. other → otter) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters.

  • Other → Otter: “You should have see the otter guy!”
  • Others → Otters: “Hey, hold up! Wait for the otters!”
  • Otherwise → Otterwise: “We need to leave now, otterwise we’ll be late!”
  • Otherworldy → Otterworldly: “There’s some otterworldly feeling about this place.”
  • Utter → Otter: “You’re otterly deplorable!” and “That’s otter nonsense!” and “Stop ottering things under your breath.”
  • Utterance → Otterance: “There was a gasp at this public otterance of the forbidden word.”
  • Attorney → Otterney: “My otterney advised me to plead guilty.”
  • Outer → Otter: “I hope one day we can explore otter space.”
  • Out of→ Otter: “This is boring, I’m otter here.” and “It’s like a scene otter a horror film!”
  • Eternal → Otternal: “Otternal life may be possible at some point in the future.”
  • Outermost → Ottermost: “The ottermost layer is the hardest.”
  • Iterate → Otterate: “We need to otterate through this array of integers.”
  • Attraction → Otteraction: “There is otteraction between the magnets because of their magnetic fields.”
  • Attractive → Otteractive: “Religion isn’t otteractive to the younger generations.”
  • Attribute → Otteribute: “Climate change has been conclusively otteributed to human actions.”
  • Atmosphere → Otter-mosphere: “The otter-mosphere is composed mostly of oxygen and nitrogen.” and “This cafe has an unusual otter-mosphere.”
  • Atrocity → Otterocity: “The otterocities committed during WW2 are deeply saddening.”
  • Atrocious → Otterocious: “Only the most otterocious otter puns have made it into this list.”
  • Ought-ta → Otter: “Ten minutes otter be enough time.” and “We otter stop and help him.”
  • Weasel: Otters are “mustelids” which is often referred to as the “weasel” family. A “weasel” can also refer to a deceitful or treacherous person.
  • Hold →  Holt: The den of an otter is called a “holt“. Examples: “Can you please holt off on the otter puns?” and “I holt her in high regard.”
  • Halt → Holt: The den of an otter is called a “holt“. Examples: “Holt! Who goes there?” and “Production was brought to a holt.”
  • Sprained → Spraint: Spraint is the dung of an otter. Examples: “I tripped and spraint my ankle.”
  • Mum will / Mum’ll → Mammal: “I’m working late, so mammal pick you up tonight.”
  • Selfish → Shellfish: The diet of sea otters consists mostly of shell fish: “Share some with me – stop being so shellfish.”
  • Anvil: Otters are known for their anvil-like use of tools to crack shellfish while floating on their back.
  • The other → Sea otter: “But sea otter guy punched first!”
  • Automatically → Ottermatically: “We ottermaticaly became friends.”
  • Autobiography → Otterbiography: “She finished the otterbiography just before she passed.”
  • Automation → Ottermation: “The ottermation of many repetitive jobs has already happened.”
  • Autopilot → Otterpilot: “I’ve switched the plane to otterpilot mode.”
  • Autopsy → Otterpsy: “The otterpsy suggests it was a tumor.”
  • Autocracy → Ottercracy: “We’re living in an ottercracy. These damn otters!”
  • Autograph → Ottergraph: “Hello, can I please get your ottergraph?”
  • Auto → Otter: “Grand theft otter.”
  • Outdoor → Otter: “I really like my new otter furniture set.” (This only works in a very slurred accent.)
  • Odder → Otter: “Scientology is odd, but not much otter than most other religions.”
  • Adore → Otter: “I absolutely otter you, my dear.”
  • Adorable → Otterable: “Aww, this otter meme is so otterable!”  (A tenuous one)

As you can see our otter puns list is still short! If you’d like to help us out, this source of otter-related words may be handy (as might this source). If you come up with any more otter puns, please share them in the comments!

Otter Pun Images

There’s no shortage of otter memes and visual puns on there internet, but they’re a bit scattered. We’ve collected some of the best to present you here. If you find or make better ones, please share a link in the comments!

If you’re after more aquatic-ish animal word play, check out our entries on turtle punsfrog puns and crab puns. And we’ve got a more general water puns entry too!

Thanks for visiting Punpedia 🙂

Turtle Puns

This entry is all about turtle puns! There are also a sprinkle of tortoise puns too, so be careful if you’re looking for specifically turtle-based puns (tortoise are completely land-based, turtles mostly live in or around water). As you’ll see, there are a lot of “shell”-based puns to be made, and also a few puns using the names of different turtle species/families.

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on on otter punsfrog punsfish punsshark puns, beach puns and squid puns for some more water-based word play.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great turtle pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Turtle Puns List

Each item in this list of turtle puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. total → turtle) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters.

  • Total→ Turtle: “I am in turtle awe of you.”
  • Totally→ Turtley: “Turtley!” and “This is turtley amazing!”
  • Totalitarian→ Turtleitarian: “It’s a cruel turtle-itarian regime.”
  • Celebration→ Shellebration: As in “After finishing we should have a shellebration.”
  • Startle → Sturtle: “Oh! You sturtled me!” and “That was sturtling news.”
  • Turtle-neck: A “turtle-neck” is a high, close-fitting neck on a shirt. Can be used as a turtle pun with the right context.
  • Sel* → Shell*: If a word starts with “sel” a shell pun can be made by switching it with “shell”. For example: shellection (selection), shellect (select), shelldom (seldom), shellfless (selfless), shellfish (selfish).
  • *sel → *shell: Words ending in “sel” can often be punned upon with “shell”: vesshell (vessel), tasshell (tassel), weashell (weasel), musshell (mussel), etc.
  • *sel* → *shell*: Words containing “sel” can yeild nice puns on “shell”: Hershellf, himshellf, themshellves, itshellf, myshellf, yourshelf, yourshelves, convershelly, counshelling, preshellected, overshelling, undershelling, ushellessely, weashelling.
  • Shall→ Shell: As in “Shell i compare thee to a summer’s day?” and “He who lives by the sword shell die by the sword.”
  • *cial → *shell: When a word has “cial” as a suffix, this suffix can usually be swapped out for “shell” to create a shell pun: soshell (social), speshell (special), offishell (official), finanshell, commershell, crushell, judishell, artifishell, provinshell, rashell, benefishell, superfishell, fashell, glashell, sacrifishel, antisoshell.
  • Sell → Shell: “How many do we have left to shell?”
  • Hell → Shell: “The past last night was a shell of a time.”
  • Flip her → Flipper: As in “Don’t you dare flip her off! That’s rude!” and “We’re going to need to flip her on her belly before the surgery.”
  • Flip out → Flipper-t: “Woah! No need to flipper-t about my bad turtle puns.”
  • Taught us → Tortoise: “Our parents tortoise to be kind to animals.”
  • Tore this → Tortoise: “Turtle puns tortoise family apart.”
  • Bleak → Beak: Many turtles have beak-like mouths – “The outlook is beak.”
  • Riddle → Ridley: Refers to a type of small turtle that lives in tropical seas – “Ridley me this!” and “She speaks in ridleys.”
  • A → Loggerhead: Refers to a species of large marine turtle. Also used as an insult for someone who speaks or behaves unintelligently: “That news anchor is a bit of a loggerhead.”
  • Snapping: A “snapping turtle” is a type of turtle known for its aggression and powerful jaw. The term “snapping” is also used for quick and irritable speech: “The teacher was intermittently snapping at her.”
  • Snap in → Snapping: Refers to a type of turtle. “To snap in quarters.”
  • Napping → Snapping: “Did I wake you up? Na, I was jus’ snapping.”
  • A → Leatherback: Refers to a very large black turtle with a thick leathery shell.
  • Stinkpot: Refers to a species of turtle which can defensively produce a foul smell. Can also refer to a contemptible or foul smelling person or thing: “Jason, you stinkpot! Stop making turtle puns.”
  • Plaster on → Plastron: Refers to the underside part of a turtle’s (or tortoise’s, or snake’s) shell: “You may need to put some plastron after I beat you in this pun battle.”
  • S’cute → Scute: A “scute” refers to large bony or horny plate as on an armadillo or turtle: “Aww, scute how he walks all wobbly like that.”
  • Slow: Although many turtles are quite fast (The pacific leatherback turtle can swim as fast as 34 km/h), the “turtles are slow” stereotype may allow you to use the word “slow” as a turtle pun in the right context.
  • Mutant: The series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may be well-known enough for the word “mutant” to constitute a turtle pun in the right context.
  • Mossback: A “mossback” can refer to a very old turtle that, because of its age, has grown moss on its back. It can also refer to a very conservative person; one with old-fashioned views.
  • Hair → Hare: Because of the fame of the Tortoise and the Hare story, one might be able to make a subtle turtle/tortoise pun (with the right context) by switching “hair” for “hare“.

As you can see our turtle puns list is still short! Below is a list of turtle-related words that we still need puns for. If you’d like to help us out, please post suggestions in the comments! Also, this source of turtle-related words may be handy (as might this source).

  • ? → Hawksbill: Refers to a small, endangered tropical sea turtle.
  • ? → Reptile: All turtles and tortoises are reptiles.
  • ? → Carapace: Refers to the hard upper shell of a turtle, crustacean, or arachnid.
  • ? → Raphael: A fictional turtle from TMNT.
  • ? → Michaelangelo: A fictional turtle from TMNT.
  • ? → Donatello: A fictional turtle from TMNT.
  • ? → Leonardo: A fictional turtle from TMNT.
  • ? → Genbu: Refers to a mythical turtle in Japanese Mythology.
  • ? → Kurma: Means “turtle” in Sanskrit and refers to the Hindu Turtle God.
  • ? → Great A’Tuin: Refers to the “World Turtle” that helps carry the world in the Discworld series of novels by Terry Pratchet.
  • ? → Mock turtle: Refers to a fictional turtle in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll (wiki).
  • ? → Galapagos: Galapagos tortoises are a species of giant tortoise found on the Galapagos islands.
  • ? → Anapsid: Refers to “a primitive reptile having no opening in the temporal region of the skull; all extinct except turtles”
  • ? → Sea turtle
  • ? → Tortoiseshell

If you’re after more aquatic-ish animal word play, check out our entries on otter punsfrog puns and crab puns. And we’ve got a more general water puns entry too!

Thanks for visiting Punpedia 🙂

Eel Puns

This entry is all about eel puns! Eels are (primarily) predatory fish which have characteristically elongated bodies, such that they look a bit like underwater snakes. The most famous eels are perhaps the moray eel, the conger eel and electric eels (which technically aren’t eels, but rather knifefish).

As you’ll see, eel puns are mostly a play on words containing the “eel” sound, or similar, but there are some more sneaky puns to be made too.

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on fish punsshark puns, beach puns and squid puns for related wordplay.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great eel pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Eel Puns List

Each item in this list of eel puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. ill → eel) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters.

  • *eel*: Most words containing “eel” can be used as eel puns: wheel, cartwheel, feel, feelers, feelings, genteel, heel, heels, keel, kneel, kneeling, newsreel, pinwheel, peel, peelings, steel, steelworker, wheelbarrow, wheelchair, wheelie.
  • Field → Feeld: Words containing the “eel” sound (or similar) can be used as homophonic puns with he right emphasis: appeeling, feeld, ceeling (ceiling), automobeel, battlefeeld, ameeliorate, conceelment, deeler, eelongation, geelotine (guillotine), heeler, heelium, ideelism, memorabeelia, reveel, repeel, reelization, reely, reeligion, reelationships, reelaxation, sheeld, steeling, sheela, seel, surreelism, transeelvania, yeelding.
  • Ill → Eel: “I’m not feeling very well, I’m afraid I might be eel.”
  • I’ll → Eel’l: “Eel’l have to wait a few more days.”
  • *ihl* → *eel*: Words with the “ihl” sound in them somewhere can be used as eel puns with a bit of phonetic twisting: abeelities (abilities), acceptabeelity (acceptability), accountabeelity, acreelic, adaptabeelity, admissibeelity, affeeliate, affeeliation, applicabeelity, arteellery, availabeelity, barceelona, beelated, beelief, beweeldered, beweelderment, beelow, beeloved, beelies, beelongings, beelong, brazeelians, breelliant, beelding, caterpeellars, capabeelities, cheeldren, civeelian, conceeliation, credibeelity, culpabeelity, daffodeel, debeelitating, deelectable, deelay, deeliberately, deeliberation, deelightful, deelinquent, deelivered, deelusion, desirabeelity, diseellusionment, durabeelity, eelaborated, eelastic, eelation, eelections, eelectorate, eelectrical, eelectrode, eelectromagnetic, eelectronic, eelectrostatic, eeligibility, eelimination, eellipse, eelongated, eelusive, exheelaration, faceelitate, fameeliarity. This is only a small number of the possible puns that can be created using this pattern. To create more, use a tool like this one.
  • That’s amore → That’s a moray: “When a moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s a moray.” The word “amore”, pronounced “ah-mor-ray” means “love” in Italian and was made famous by the singer Dean Martin. A “moray eel” is a type of eel.
  • More ale → Moray-eel: “Drinking moray-eel is not a good idea.”
  • Morale → Moray-eel: “Captain, the army’s moray-eel is low.”
  • More → Mor-ay: A bit laboured, but still possible: “Some mor-ay people will arrive soon.”
  • Can’t go → Conger: “I conger to work today because I am sick.” A “congo” is a type of large, scaleless, marine eel.
  • Congo → Conger: “Conger is a republic in central Africa.”
  • Congo → Conger: “Come on! Join the conger line.” (See conga line Wikipedia entry if you’ve never heard of it.)
  • Electric: Electric eels are famous enough that you could probably use just the word “electric” as an eel pun, with no modification to its phonetics. If you need more emphasis, you could use “eelectric”. Same with electricity, electrostatic, etc. In the right context you may also get away with using some other electricity-related terms as eel puns: short circuit, static, current, volt, ampere, voltage, watt, kilowatt, electrify, circuit, arc, electrocute, charge, power.
  • Elder → Elver: “I was always told to respect my elvers according to their desert.” An elver is a young eel.
  • Elderly → Elverly: “An elverly couple lives in that house.” An elver is a young eel.
  • Hell of a → Elver: “We had an elver time on our last adventure.”
  • Hell → Eel: “Eel hath no fury like an anguilliform scorned.”
  • Foray → F-moray: Very laboured! “I wrote this during my first f-moray into poetry.”
  • ? → Anguilliform: All eels are part of the “anguilliform” biological taxonomic order. Got a pun for this? Please share it in the comments!
  • ? → Leptocephalus: A leptocephalus is the slender transparent larva of eels. Got a pun for this? Please share it in the comments!

As you can see our eel puns list is still short! If you’d like to help us out, this source of eel-related words may be handy (as might this source). If you come up with any puns for these words, please share them in the comments!

If you’re after more aquatic animal word play, check out our entry on crab puns and our massive fish puns entry.

Thanks for visiting Punpedia 🙂

Squid Puns

This entry is all about squid! As you’ll notice, the majority of squid puns are just seeing how many words you can fit “squid” into without completely destroying the original phonetics.

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on fish punsshark puns, beach puns and crab puns for related wordplay.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great squid pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Squid Puns List

Each item in this list of squid puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. kidding → squidding) or it may be a general rule from which multiple puns can be made. In the case of general rules, the asterisks sign (*) represents one or more letters.

  • Inkling: As in “I have an inkling that he’s lying.”
  • Inc* → Ink*: Most words that starts with “inc” can be turned into an squid pun (because most squid can release ink). You can use this list of words starting with “inc” to invent your own. Here are some examples: inklude, inkrease, inkome, inkorporate, inklusion, inkur, inkredible, inkonvenience, inkapable, inkompetence, inkubate, inkursion, inkumbent, inkorrect, inkonsistency, inkoherence, inkerceration, inkrements, inkonspicuous, inkarnate, incapacitated.
  • Kid → Squid: As in “Yeah, she is the smartest squid in her class.”
  • Kidding → Squidding: As in “I was just squidding!”
  • Kid* → Squid*: Generalising the above pun, the prefix “kid” can be replaced with “squid” as follows: squidding (kidding), squidnapped (kidnapped), squidney (kidney), squid (kid).
  • ?id* → Squid*: If a word begins with “?id” where ‘?’ represents any letter, then this prefix can sometimes be replaced with “squid”. For example: squiddle (middle), squidlife crisis (midlife crisis), squidget (midget), squiddle (riddle), squidiculous (ridiculous), squideotape (videotape), squiddish (yiddish), squidth (width), squidow (widow), squidget (widget).
  • Cracking → Kraken: As in “Hahaha you’re kraken me up!”
  • Bid → Squid: As in “I squid you farewell!”
  • Bidder → Squider: As in “The vase with go the the highest squidder.”
  • Did → Squid: As in “I squid not eat the cookie! He’s lying!”
  • Didn’t → Squidn’t: As in “I squidn’t mean to bother you.”
  • Ten tickles → Ten-tickles: As in “Surely ten-tickles would make anyone laugh?”
  • *s quit → *s squid: If the word “quit” follows a word ending in “s” it could work as a squid pun: “The main reason smokers squid is because of family pressure.” and “Quit means squid!”
  • Quid → Squid: As in “Mate, you still owe me 10 squid from that bed the other night.” The term “quid” is slang for “pound” or “dollar” depending on the region.
  • Accidentally → Acsquidentally: As in “I acsquidentally dropped my plate.”
  • Acidification → Asquidification: As in “This farming land has been ruined by asquidification.”
  • Incidentally → Insquidentally: As in “The drugs was discovered only insquidentally after their arrest.”
  • Assiduously → Asquiduously: As in “He assquiduously cleaned every nook and cranny.”
  • Coincidentally → Coinsquidentally: As in “Do you know his name, coinsquidentally?”
  • Subsidiary → Subsquidiary: As in “No, it’s a subsquidiary of that company.”
  • Reconsider → Reconsquider: As in “Please, I beg you to reconsquider.”
  • Insidious → Insquidious: As in “The insquidious erosion of rights and liberties.”
  • Bleak → Beak: As in “The outlook is beak.”

As you can see our squid puns list is still quite short! If you’d like to help us out, the following squid-related words still need puns: calamari, cephalopod, beak, dibranchate, leviathan, ink sac, tentacles, decapod, octapod. If you come up with any puns for these words, or any other squid-themed words, please share them in the comments!

If you’re after more sea-life word play, check out our entry on crab puns and our massive fish puns entry.

Thanks for visiting Punpedia 🙂

Tuna Puns

Tuna puns! A tuna is a marine fish that’s closely related to Mackerel, and is known for being one of the fastest open-water fish in the ocean. It’s particularly special because it is one of only two fish species that are warm blooded (and there are a lot of fish species!). It’s also one of the few fish species that gets its own entry on Punpedia!

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on fish punsshark puns, beach puns and water puns for related wordplay. This entry is focused mainly around wordplay with the word “tuna”.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great tuna pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Tuna Puns List

  • Universe → Tunaverse: “The tunaverse is truly an incredible place.”
  • Unanimous → Tunanimous: “The members tunanimously voted to ban fish puns.”
  • Unicorn → Tunacorn: “The last tunacorn.”
  • Unification → Tunafication: “I’m a physics grad working on tunafication of fundamental forces.”
  • Uniformly → Tunaformly: “To prevent vibration a tunaformly distributed load is important.”
  • Unilaterally → Tunalaterally: “Tunalateral nuclear disarmament.”
  • Universal → Tunaversal: “I believe in tunaversal right for an animal to own its body.”
  • University → Tunaversity: “Free tunaversity tuition would be economically and morally beneficial.”
  • Cartoonist → Cartunaist: “The cartunaist was only slightly ashamed of his laboured puns.”
  • Tenaciously → Tunaciously: “I’m tunaciously holding on to every bit of pride I have.”
  • Tonality → Tunality: “The sonata has a beautiful variation in tunality.”
  • Opportunity → Opportunaty: As in “We’ve got one opportunaty, let’s make it count” and “Luck is often a combination of preparation and opportunaty“.
  • Opportunist → Opportunaist: “Yeah, he’s a bit of an opportunaist.”
  • Fortune-teller → Fortuna-teller: “That fortuna-teller is a sham.”
  • Fortunately: “Fortunately, this word is already a tuna pun.”
  • Tune a → Tuna: As in “I don’t know how to tuna violin.”
  • Tune her → Tuna: To “tune” can be somewhat vulgar slang for “to flirt with” or “to seduce” as in “He’s trying to tuna, he doesn’t know who he’s dealing with.”
  • Tunable: “Where are the pegs? Is this guitar even tunable?”

Looking for more general fish puns (e.g. something → somefin)? Head over to the entry on fish puns – we’ve got a lot of them!

These terms are all related to tuna, but we don’t have puns for them yet: albacore, tunny, bonito, yellowfin, bluefin, tuna fish, skipjack, southern blurfin, atlantic bluefin. If you can come up with any puns for these, please share them in the comments!

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Crab Puns

Halfway through a pun battle about crabs? Naming your new hermit crab? Or maybe you just want to stock up on some crab puns for future reference. Whatever the case, this Punpedia entry is all about crabs and crustaceans, so you’re in the right place!

You may also like to read the entries on beach punsocean puns, water puns, fish puns, boat puns, shark puns, whale puns and dolphin puns.

Not that this entry also includes lobster puns, prawn puns, and more generally, crustacean puns. If you’re looking for visual crab puns (memes, comics, images), scroll to the bottom of this page.

Crab Puns List

Below is list of puns for crab-related topics with associated example sentences for each. Most of these puns are terrible, which is probably exactly what you’re after, but there are a few diamonds in the rough, so get digging! Oh and some items explain a “pattern” which can be applied to create many crab puns. In these items, the asterisk, “*”, denotes a wild card (one or more letters).

Remember, there’s lobster puns, shellfish puns, and other crab-related puns mixed throughout, so if you’re having a purely crab-based pun battle or something like that, then just know that not all of these will be relevant 🙂

  • Captivating → Crabtivating: As in “That was an incredibly crabtivating speech.”
  • Cab → Crab: As in “I think the crab-driver was drunk.”
  • Cab* → Crab*: If a word starts with “caB” we can make a terrible crab pun of it: crabinet (cabinet), crabbage (cabbage), crabaret (cabaret), crabling (cabling), crable (cable), cabbies (crabbies).
  • Cap* → Crab*: If a word starts with “cap” we can make a terrible crab pun: crabital (capital), crabacity (capacity), crabtain (captain), crabitalism (capitalism), crababilities (capabilities), crabtion (caption), crabuccino (cappuccino), crabpricious (capricious), crabsicum (capsicum).
  • Capable → Crab-apple: As in “I am completely crab-apple of completing this task ma’am.”
  • *cab* → *crab*: If a word contains “cab” we can often make a terrible crab pun: applicrability (applicability), amicrable (amicable), dispicrable (dispicable), replicrable (replicable), scrabbard (scabbard), vocrabulary (vocabulary).
  • Carbohydrates → Crabohydrates: As in “Low-crabohydrate diets are just an unhealthy fad.”
  • Carbon → Crabon: As in “Crabon-fibre is the new chitin.” and “We need more bicrabonate soda.”
  • Cry → Cray: As in “These puns are making me cray.”
  • Clammy: As in “Can we open some windows? It’s a bit clammy in here.”
  • Crave → Crayve: As in “I’m crayving some tofu right now.”
  • Cra* → Cray*: Words that start with the “cray” sound can be crayfish puns: craydle (cradle), crayg (craig), craynial (cranial), crayzy, crayter, crayziness.
  • Crabby: As in “He just woke up, he’s a little crabby.”
  • Crabbed: As in “Sorry, I’m just a little crabbed because my team lost.”
  • Grab → Crab: As in “Can you crab me a glass of water while you’re up please?”
  • Grabbing → Crabbing: As in “I’m just crabbing a drink before we go.”
  • Nap → Nip: As in “If you’re drowsy, have a nip.”
  • Pinch: As in “A pinch of salt will do, thanks.”
  • Law → Claw: As in “We need to abide by the claw.”
  • Clor* → Claw*: If a word begins with the “clor” sound then we can make a silly claw pun: clawstrophobia (claustrophobia), clawdia (claudia), clawophyll (chlorophyll).
  • Decrepit → Decapod: A very laboured pun. A decapod is “a crustacean of the order Decapoda, such as a shrimp, crab, or lobster.” Decrepit means elderly and infirm or “worn out or ruined because of age or neglect”.
  • Shit n’ → Chitin: Chitin is the material which forms the exoskeleton of arthropods (like insects and crustaceans). Example sentence: “Eat chitin die.”
  • Cheatin’ → Chitin’: Chitin is the material which forms the exoskeleton of arthropods (like insects and crustaceans). Example sentence: “That chitin’ bastard stole my money!”
  • Lost her → Lobster: As in “My kid’ll be so angry that I lobster favourite teddy.”
  • Sheila → Chela: “Sheila” is Australian slang for “woman”: “This chela runs the department store down the road.”
  • Hermit: As in “Yes, the old hermit has lived there for years.”
  • Scuttle: As in “I saw her scuttling down the street the other day.”
  • Sure → Shore: As in “Are you shore?” and “She shore is strong!”.
  • Imp* → Shrimp*: If a word starts with “imp”, you can usually replace it with “shrimp”, for example: shrimportant (important), shrimpossible (impossible), shrimply (imply), shrimpose (you get the idea), shrimpose, shrimportshrimpudent, shrimpact, shrimperfect, shrimpaled, shrimpartial, shrimpart. Shrimp puns probably deserve their own entry, but until then you can use this list to help you.
  • Whatever → Waterever: As in “Waterever, I don’t care.” and “Do waterever you want”.
  • What her → Water: As in “I know water problem is.” and “Do you know water mother thinks about this?”.
  • What do → Water: As in “Water you think about this?”
  • What about → Water boat: As in “Water boat we have tofu curry for dinner tonight?” and “Water boat Ching? Does she want to come to the beach too?”
  • What are → Water: “Water you doing out so late tonight?” and “Water you doing tomorrow?”
  • What are we → Watery: As in “Watery going to do?” and “Watery doing today, friends?”
  • Celebration→ Shellebration: As in “After finishing we should have a shellebration.”
  • Roe: “Row” as in “row your boat” and “roe” as in shellfish eggs, are two words that can be inserted into many other words: roetine (routine), roemans (romans), roetation (rotation), roed (rowed), roese (rose), roel (roll), roep, roemantic, roebust, roebot, roegue, roest.
  • Kil* → Krill*: Kill, kilogram, killer, killing, kilowatt are all words that can be punned with “krill”. For example: “I just bought a krillogram of tofu” and “Krilling sentient creatures is often morally wrong”.
  • Pawn/Pwn → Prawn: This pun can be used in the gamer-culture sense: “I got prawned a pro last night”, in the chess sense “He moved his prawn to C4″, and in the pawnbroker sense: “I had to prawn all my stuff to pay for college.”
  • Crea* → Cray*: Many words that begin with “crea” can be used to make shoddy crayfish puns. For example: crayture (creature), craytive (creative), crayte (create).
  • Crayon: The word “crayon” includes “cray” – the short version of “crayfish”, and so can be used as a pun.
  • Brilliant → Krilliant: As in “Isn’t the weather just krilliant today?” Krill are small shrimplike plankton.
  • Brilliant → Brill-iant: “Brill” are a type of European flatfish.
  • Angrily→ Ankrilly: As in “The monster roared ankrilly“.
  • Hungrily→ Hunkrilly: As in “She hunkrilly ate the sweet potato slices”.
  • Selfish → Shellfish: As in “Stop being so shellfish.” See the next item for a generalisation of this pun.
  • Sell → Shell: As in “How many do we have left to shell?” and “Shell your soul to the devil.”
  • Shell: As in “I’m not going to shell out $50 for something I don’t even need!”
  • Sel* → Shell*: If a word starts with “sel” a shell pun can be made by switching it with “shell”. For example: shellection (selection), shellect (select), shelldom (seldom), shellfless (selfless).
  • *sel → *shell: Words ending in “sel” can often be punned upon with “shell”: vesshell (vessel), tasshell (tassel), weashell (weasel), musshell (mussel), etc.
  • *sel* → *shell*: Words containing “sel” can yeild nice puns on “shell”: Hershellf, himshellf, themshellves, itshellf, myshellf, yourshelf, yourshelves, convershelly, counshelling, preshellected, overshelling, undershelling, ushellessely, weashelling.
  • Obs* → Lobs*: If a word begins with “obs” a terrible lobster pun can sometimes be made by switching it with “lobs”, as in observation (lobservation, or even lobstervation), obstruction (lobstruction or even lobsterusction), obscurity (lobscurity), obsolescence (lobseolescence), obsessively (lobsessively).
  • Simmer → Swimmer: As in “I left the pot swimmering and now my vegetable curry is burnt!” and “Hey swimmer down, there’s no need to turn this into a fight”.
  • Sea*: Most words starting with “sea” are easy sea puns: season, seasonal, seated, searingly, sealants, seamseatbelt.
  • See* → Sea*: If a word starts with “see” it can often be replaced with “sea” to create a simple sea pun: seaminly, seads, seaker, seathe, seap, seak, sean, sea (see).
  • Se* → Sea*: Some words that start with just “se” also have a “sea”-ish sound, and the ones that don’t can usually be made into terrible puns anyway: seacret, searious, seargeant, seacretion, seacure, seacurity, seacondary, seacretariat, seaconds, seacrete, searum, searenity, searvitude, seanile, seadation, seaclusion, seacretive, seaze, seaquential, sealection, seacretly, seaquences, seanior, seaniority, seagregate, seaping, seacession, seariousness, seaminars, seaveral, seaxual, seaparation, seantimental, seansational, seaquential, seacluded, seacularist, seathing, seaquin, seasame, seaclusion.
  • Se*cy/Ce*cy → Sea*sea: Most words that start with “se” or “ce” and end with “cy” can be double sea puns: seacresea (secrecy), sealibasea (celibacy).
  • *cy → *sea: If a word ends in “cy” it’s an easy “sea” pun: polisea, agensea, democrasea, currensea, emergensea, efficiensea, tendensea, frequensea, fansea, constituensea, pregnansea, accurasea, redundansea, bureaucrasea, presidensea, legasea, conspirasea, mersea, privasea, bankruptsea, consistensea, literasea, urgensea, deficiensea, dependency, consultansea, tenacity, isea (icy), secrecy, intimasea.
  • Simp* → Shrimp*: Words beginning with “simp” can often be made into shrimp puns by replacing the “simp” with “shrimp”: shrimple (simple), shrimplification, shrimplify, shrimplistically, shrimpleminded, shrimpleton.
  • Shall→ Shell: As in “Shell I compare thee to a summer’s day?” and “He who lives by the sword shell die by the sword.” and “Shell we dance? and “Ask and you shell receive.” and “Seek and you shell find.” and “The truth shell set you free.” and “You shell not pass!”
  • Symb* → Shrimpb*: Replacing the suffix “symb” with “shrimpb” gives some pleasantly jarring shrimp pins: shrimpbolic (symbolic), shrimpbolises (symbolises), shrimpbiosis (symbiosis).
  • Con* → Conch*: A terrible shell pun can be made of almost any word that begins with “con”: conchtrol (control), conchsider (consider), conchtinue (continue), conchdition, conchtract, conchern, conchtain, conchference, conchtext, conchcept, conchtrast, conchfidence, conchtent, conchtribution, conchflict, conchsideration, conchstruction, conchtinued, conchclusion, conchduct, conchversation, conchgress, conchsumer, conchcentrate, conchtribute.
  • *cial → *shell: When a word has “cial” as a suffix, this suffix can usually be swapped out for “shell” to create a shell pun: soshell (social), speshell (special), offishell (official), finanshell, commershell, crushell, judishell, artifishell, provinshell, rashell, benefishell, superfishell, fashell, glashell, sacrifishel, antisoshell.
  • Muscle → Mussel: As in “Yeah, she’s so mussely!” and “Mussels are made up of millions of tiny cells”.
  • Seizure → Seazure: As in “If I read one more ocean pun I’m going to have a seazure.”
  • *bably → *bubbly: As in “I’m probubbly going to stick around for a bit longer” and “It was indescribubbly mysterious” and “All the while he just impertububbly paced along the shore”.
  • *pon → *prawn: Words ending in “pon” can be converted to prawn puns by replacing it with “prawn”: weaprawn (weapon), couprawn (coupon), whereuprawn (whereupon), tamprawn (tampon), thereuprawn (thereupon), uprawn (upon), whereuprawn (whereupon).
  • *able → *abubble: Words ending in “able” can be converted to terrible bubble puns by replacing it with “abubble”: reasonabubble (reasonable), availabubble (available), enabubble (enable), comfortabubble (comfortable), valuabubble (valuable), constabubble (constable), acceptabubble, capabubble, inevitabubble, vegetabubble, suitabubble, variabubble, vulnerabubble, profitabubble, acceptabubble, sylabubble, reliabubble, … Many more shameful puns like this can be made with the help a of list like this one.
  • Clam*: Words that begin with clam can be used as shellfish puns: clamouring, clammy, clamp, clamber, clampdown.
  • Bubbly: “bubbly” has a “this water is bubbly” sense and a “he has a really bubbly personality” sense.
  • *ways → *waves: Words than end in “ways” can be made into bad wave puns: alwaves (always), railwaves (railways), sidewaves, pathwaves, lengthwaves, doorwaves.
  • Title → Tidal: As in “I like it, but I’m not sure on the tidal” and “Use ‘Ms.’ as her tidal” and “The championship tidal match is tomorrow morning.”
  • Acquaintance → Aquaintance: As in “I don’t know her well, she’s just an aquaintance“.
  • Tied → Tide: As in “I’m tide up at the moment, can someone else help?” and “Yep, they tide the knot!”
  • Tidy → Tidey: As in “After the party we need to tidey the beach.”
  • Crazy → Cray-sea: As in “He is so craysea!” and “Enough of this crayseaness!”. Hyphen is, of course, optional.

Got crab puns that we don’t? Please share them in the comments. We’re especially looking for puns for: thorax, invertebrate, arthropod, isopod, branchiopod, swimmeret, copepod, ostracod, exoskeleton, pincer, chela, crustacean and carapace.

Crab-Related Phrases

Common phrases, idioms and cliches which are related to crabs can be used for some subtle and witty word play. Here is a list of the crab-themed phrases that we’ve found so far:

  • Feel the pinch
  • In a pinch
  • Faster than a speeding crawfish
  • Having a little nip
  • Fishing for compliments
  • Penny pincher
  • Serious as cancer
  • Red in tooth and claw
  • He’s in hot water
  • Smells fishy
  • (We need more crab-related phrases, please suggest some in the comments!)

Crab-Related Words

This Punpedia entry certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of all the possible crab puns, so below is a large list of crab-themed words which you can use to invent your own puns. Some of the words below are leaning towards crustacean-related, rather than precisely crab-related, and some of the items in this list are phrases rather than words. Here they are:

king crab, king, dungeness crab, dungeness, lobster, shellfish, fish, shrimp, crustacean, fiddler crab, crab louse, stone crab, crayfish, prawn, seafood, spider crab, shell, exoskeleton, crabmeat, crab meat, crabby, crabby person, pincer, pincers, pinch, claw, jonah crab, grouch, complain, oyster, clam, mussel, abalone, hermit, hermit crab, carapace, scuttle, scurry, scamper, sideways, shell, crabs, crab, shrimps, seafloor, beach, tide pool, oceanside, porcelain crab, horseshoe crab, crab legs, sea animal, nipper, nip, barnacle, copepod, ostracod, krill, jointed limbs, arthropod, chitin, segmented body, segmented limbs, decapoda, decapod, isopod, branchiopod, branchiopoda, underwater, sea, ocean, water, aquatic, spiny lobster, crawfish, invertebrate, swimmeret, lobster tail, thorax, langoustine, crabstick, cancer, hard shell, palm crab, robber, crab, crabbed, crabbing, solder crab, chela, mud crab, crabwise, shed, land crab, rock crab

Crab Jokes

Jokes of the exceedingly cheesy or one-liner variety usually involve some sort of pun. Here’s a list of crab-themed jokes involving word play. Tap or hover on the black rectangles to reveal the answer.

  • What did one tide-pool say to the other tide-pool? – Show me your mussels!
  • Why was the sand wet? – Because the sea weed!
  • How do oysters call their friends? – On shell phones!
  • What is the strongest creature in the sea?  – A mussel!
  • Where do crabs go to borrow money? – The prawn broker!
  • Why don’t oysters share their pearls? – Because they’re shellfish!
  • Why is the sand so quiet? – Because the waves keep going “Shhhh!”
  • Why did the crab need a day off work? – (He pulled a mussel!)
  • Who brings young crabs Christmas presents? – (Santa Claws!)
  • How much salt do crabs like on their food? – (Just a pinch)
  • So, this crab walks into a bar. The bartender says, “You look confused. Are you in the right place?” The crab replies, “Actually, I’m looking for a sand bar. “

Crab Pun Images

Looking for visual crab puns? Below is a collection of crab pun pictures that we’ve managed to find. Have you found or made a good one? Post us the link in a comment at the bottom of the page 🙂

Did this Punpedia entry help you?

Whether you were looking for a punny crab caption for your beach photo, a really good crab pun to out-wit your friends in a pun battle or a cute crab pun for your hermit crab’s, we really hope this entry in Punpedia has been helpful to you. If you’ve got any suggestions for puns that we’ve missed, Punpedia entries that you want us to write, or just general suggestions for how Punpedia can be improved, please feel free to leave us a comment below! Thanks for visiting 🙂