Reindeer Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on reindeer puns! 🦌🛷❄

To help you celebrate your Christmas cheer, we’ve compiled a list of reindeer puns that covers reindeer in general (which could be more appropriate for year-round puns) and also the specific reindeer that make up Santa’s sleigh-pulling team.

While this list is as thorough as we could make it, it is specific to reindeer only. If you’re after more Christmas-related lists, we also have Christmas tree puns and Santa puns, and will have others on their way soon!

Reindeer 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 reindeer that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s our list of reindeer puns:

  • Dear→ Deer: As in, “After you, my deer,” and “Deerly beloved, we are gathered here today,” and “Elementary, my deer Watson,” and “Frankly my deer, I don’t give a damn,” and “Hang on for deer life,” and “Near and deer to my heart,” and “Nearest and deerest.”
  • Deer: Use this well-known deer-related phrase to refer to Santa’s reindeer – “Deer in headlights.”
  • Eerie→ Deerie: As in, “A deerie atmosphere.” Note: eerie means creepy.
  • Dairy→ Deery: As in, “Deery is scary.”
  • Rain, dear→ Rain, deer: As in, “It looks like rain, deer!”
  • Dare→ Deer: As in, “Deer for more,” and “Deer to be different,” and “How deer you!” and “Deer to dream,” and “Who deers wins.”
  • There→ Deer: As in, “Ahoy deer!” and “And there deer was one,” and “Are we deer yet?” and “As if deer was no tomorrow,” and “Be deer for,” and “I’ll be deer in spirit,” and “Be deer or be square,” and “Been deer, done that,” and “Don’t go deer,” and “Don’t just stand deer, do something,” and “For every action deer is an equal and opposite reaction,” and “Hang in deer,” and “Here and deer,” and “Here deer be beasts,” and “Here, deer and everywhere,” and “Hold it right deer,” and “Is anybody deer,” and “It’s a jungle out deer,” and “Knock knock, who’s deer?” and “Let’s be careful out deer,” and “So deer!” and “The truth is out deer,” and “Deer and then,” and “Deer are two sides to every situation,” and “Deer ought to be a law,” and “Deer’s no place like home,” and “Deer’s no smoke without a fire,” and “Deer you have it.”
  • There*→ Deer*: Deerfore (therefore), deerby (thereby), deerof (thereof), deerafter (thereafter), deerin (therein).
  • Their→ Deer: As in, “Cut them down in deer prime,” and “Swept them of deer feet,” and “Everybody and deer brother,” and “Put them in deer place,” and “Deer bark is worse than deer bite,” and “Cats always land on deer feet.”
  • Idea→ Ideer: As in, “You’ve got no ideer,” and “I have a better ideer,” and “Bat the ideer around,” and “Bounce ideers off,” and “A bright ideer,” and “Warming to the ideer,” and “What’s the big ideer?”
  • Deal→ Deerl: As in, “I can’t deerl with this,” and “Big deerl,” and “Cut me a deerl,” and “A deerl breaker,” and “Deerl from the bottom of the deck,” and “Deerl me in,” and “Deerl or no deerl?” and “Deerl with it,” and “A done deerl,” and “Make a deerl with the devil,” and “A raw deerl,” and “Seal the deerl,” and “Strike a deerl,” and “Sweeten the deerl,” and “The art of the deerl,” and “The real deerl,” and “Wheeling and deerling,” and “The real deerl.” Note: to deal from the bottom of the deck is to use dishonest methods in dealing with a situation.
  • Tears→ Deers: As in, “Blood, sweat and deers,” and “Bring deers to your eyes,” and “Burst into deers,” and “Fighting back deers,” and “It will all end in deers,” and “Moved to deers,” and “No more deers.”
  • Tear*→ Deer*: deerdrop (teardrop), deerful (tearful), deery-eyed.
  • *tary→ *deery: As in, “I’m sick of propriedeery (proprietary) cables,” and “Complemendeery (complementary) colours,” and “You’re very complimendeery today,” and “My new secredeery.” Other words that work with this format: sedendeery (sedentary), documendeery (documentary), rudimendeery (rudimentary), monedeery (monetary), solideery (solitary). Notes: if something is proprietary, then it’s used or made under exclusive legal rights of the maker. To be sedentary is to not be physically active.
  • *ter*→ *deer*: As in, “Explore new deerritory,” and “Harsh deerrain,” and “Deerrible traffic,” and “A deerrific result.” Other words that would work: characdeer (character), madeer (matter), masdeer (master), fosdeer (foster), bedeer (better), compudeer (computer), leddeer (letter), indeerest (interest), ardeery (artery), indeerface (interface), aldeernative (alternative), baddeery (battery), indeernet (internet).
  • Rein: These rein-related phrases may serve as some terrible reindeer puns: “Hold the reins,” and “Rein it in,” and “Take the reins.”
  • Rain→ Rein: As in, “Right as rein,” and “Chasing reinbows,” and “Come rein or shine,” and “Don’t rein on my parade,” and “It never reins but it pours,” and “Make it rein,” and “Over the reinbow,” and “Reindrops keep falling on my head,” and “Reining in my heart,” and “Reining cats and dogs,” and “Singin’ in the rein,” and “Spitting with rein,” and “Take a reincheck,” and “Taste the reinbow,” and “The pot of gold at the end of the reinbow.” Note: to take a raincheck is to accept an invitation but with the stipulation that you can only attend or fulfill it at a later date.
  • *rain/ran*→ *rein*: Use words with a “rain” sound in them as a reference to reindeer: “Against the grein,” and “Take the trein,” and “Bucking under the strein,” and “Kindly refrein from feeding the animals,” and “My breinchild.” Other words that would work with this: birdbrein (birdbrain), breinchild (brainchild), breinstorm, breinwash, drein (drain), harebreined, reincoat, reindrop, reinfall, reining, reinstorm, reinwater, restrein (restrain), streinger (stranger), treinee (trainee), treiner (trainer), sprein (sprain).
  • *reign→ *rein: As in, “Soverein power.” Note: a sovereign is a monarch, or ruler.
  • *door*→ *deer*: As in, “Ring the deerbell,” and “Standing in the deerframe,” and “Don’t be a deermat.” Other words that would work: deerway (doorway), deerjamb (doorjamb), deerknob (doorknob), deerstep (doorstep), deerperson (doorperson), outdeer (outdoor), backdeer (backdoor), indeer (indoor), and trapdeer (trapdoor).
  • *dor*→ *deer*: As in, “Lying deermant (dormant),” and “Shared deermitories (dormitories),” and “Deersal fin,” and “Street vendeer (vendor).” Other words that would work: ardeer (ardor), candeer (candor), ambassadeer (ambassador), corrideer (corridor), odeer (odour), splendeer (splendour), adeerable (adorable), endeerse (endorse), adeern (adorn). Notes: ardor is great passion or energy. Candor is honesty. To adorn is to decorate.
  • *der*→ *deer*: As in, “Be careful of deerogatory language,” and “You’re acting deeranged,” and “A deerisive tone.” Other words that would work: deerive (derive), deerivative, deerision (derision), deerelict, ordeer, lardeer, rendeer (render), tendeer, wondeer, disordeer, consideer, leadeer, hindeer, gendeer, engendeer, undeerstand, consideeration.
  • *dur*→ *deer*: As in, “Under deeress,” and “Throughout the deeration,” and “A deerable phone.” Other words that would work: deering (during), deerability (durability), deerian (durian), endeere (endure), procedeere (procedure), endeerance (endurance).
  • *dar*→ *deer*: As in, “Heart of deerkness,” and “Advent calendeer,” and “Under the radeer.” Other words that would work: deodeerant (deoderant), standeerd, quandeery, solideerity, mandeerin, and cedeer (cedar).
  • *dir*→ *deer*: As in, “Deerect intervention,” and “Going in the wrong deerection,” and “Shoot the deerector,” and “Playing deerty.” Other possible words: deert (dirt), deerectory (directory), deerectly (directly) and deerective (directive).
  • Rein it in, dear→ Rein it in, deer
  • Slytherin→ Sleightherin
  • Hufflepuff→ Hooflepuff
  • Rude→ Rudolph: As in, “A rudolph awakening.”
  • *rood*→ *rudolph*: Change words that rhyme with “rude” to include “rudolph”: “Debt accrudolph” (accrued),” and “Coffee’s brudolph (brewed),” and “Crudolph (crude) oil,” and “Don’t intrudolph (intrude).”
  • Rude of→ Rudolph: As in, “Well, that was Rudolph you.”
  • Slay→ Sleigh: As in, “Sleigh, queen,” and “Sleigh the dragon.”
  • Say*→ Sleigh*: As in, “As the sleighing goes,” and “Do as I sleigh, not as I do,” and “Does exactly what it sleighs on the box,” and “Have the final sleigh,” and “Just sleigh the word,” and “It goes without sleighing,” and “Never sleigh never,” and “Sleigh cheese!” and “Sleigh it loud and sleigh it proud,” and “Sleigh it with flowers,” and “Sleigh uncle,” and “Sleigh what you mean and mean what you sleigh,” and “Sleigh your prayers,” and “Simon sleighs,” and “As I was sleighing,” and “If I do sleigh so myself,” and “I’ll sleigh,” and “Let’s not and sleigh we did,” and “Sleigh again?” and “That’s sleighing something,” and “To sleigh the least,” and “You can’t sleigh fairer than that.”
  • Sleight: Emphasise the “sleigh” – “Sleigh-t of hand.”
  • Lay→ Sleigh: As in, “Sleigh a finger on,” and “Sleigh down your arms,” and “Sleigh down your life,” and “Sleigh eyes on,” and “Sleigh down the law,” and “Sleigh it on thick,” and “The sleigh of the land,” and “Sleigh down the groundwork.”
  • Laid→ Sleigh’d: As in, “Get sleigh’d,” and “Sleigh’d back,” and “Sleigh’d bare” and “Sleigh’d to rest,” and “Even the best sleigh’d plans.”
  • Said→ Sleigh’d: As in, “After all is sleigh’d and done,” and “I couldn’t have sleigh’d it better,” and “Easier sleigh’d than done,” and “Enough sleigh’d,” and “No sooner sleigh’d than done,” and “‘Nuff sleigh’d,” and “Was it something I sleigh’d?” and “That’s what you sleigh’d.”
  • Sight→ Sleigh’t: As in, “Catch sleigh’t of,” and “Hidden in plain sleigh’t,” and “Love at first sleigh’t,” and “Not a pretty sleigh’t,” and “Out of sleigh‘t,” and “Set your sleigh’ts on,” and “A sleigh’t for sore eyes,” and “A sleigh’t to behold,” and “Hindsleigh’t is 20/20,” and “Can’t stand the sleigh’t of,” and “A sorry sleigh’t.”
  • Slight→ Sleigh’t: As in, “A sleigh’t oversight,” and “Sleigh’tly ahead of our time,” and “Not in the sleigh’test,” and “A sleigh’t misunderstanding.”
  • Slate→ Sleight’: As in, “A blank sleigh’t,” and “A clean sleigh’t,” and “Wipe the sleigh’t clean.”
  • *sight*→ *sleight*: As in, “I value your insleight,” and “An enormous oversleight,” and “In hindsleight,” and “An insleightful person,” and “I wish I had your foresleight,” and “A sleightseeing tour.”
  • *sley→ *sleigh: As in, parsleigh (parsley), paisleigh (paisley), Elvis Presleigh (Presley), and Ronald Weasleigh (Weasley).
  • Lay*→ Sleigh*: As in, “The topmost sleigher (layer),” and “Sleighout (layout) designer,” and “In sleighperson’s terms.” Note: a layperson is someone with no training or qualifications in a particular subject.
  • *say*→ *sleigh*: As in, “I have an essleigh (essay) due Monday,” and “That’s hearsleigh (hearsay),” and “Don’t be a naysleigher,” and “The old soothsleigher.” Notes: hearsay is a type of evidence that has a reputation for being untrustworthy or unreliable. A soothsayer is one who predicts the future.
  • *sly→ *sleigh: Use words that end in “sly” to make some corny sleigh puns: “It happened simultaneousleigh,” and “Well, obviousleigh,” and “You performed flawlessleigh.” Here are some other words that would work with this: surreptitiousleigh (surreptitiously), continuousleigh (continuously), vicariousleigh (vicariously), seamlessleigh (seamlessly), previousleigh (previously), thusleigh (thusly), seriousleigh (seriously), furiousleigh (furiously), carelessleigh (carelessly), shamelessleigh (shamelessly), soundlessleigh (soundlessly), maliciousleigh (maliciously), curiousleigh (curiously), ceremoniousleigh (ceremoniously), tenaciousleigh (tenaciously), frivolousleigh (frivolously), deviousleigh (deviously), fabulousleigh (fabulously), famousleigh (famously), gloriousleigh (gloriously).
  • Red→ Red-nosed: As in, “As red-nosed as a beetroot,” and “Better dead than red-nosed,” and “Caught red-nosed.”
  • Nose→ Red-nose: As in, “Always have your red-nose in a book,” and “Plain as the red-nose on your face,” and “Blow your red-nose,” and “Can’t see beyond the end of your red-nose,” and “Give somebody a red-nose.”
  • Dash→ Dasher: Since Dasher is one of Santa’s reindeer, we’ve included dash in this list: “Crash and dasher,” and “Dasher to pieces,” and “Dasher off.”
  • *dish→ *dasher: As in, “What outlandasher (outlandish) claims!” and “Radasher cake,” and “Childasher (childish) behaviour,” and “A prudasher (prudish) mindset,” and “A fiendasher (fiendish) child.”
  • Dance: As Dancer is one of Santa’s reindeer, we’ve included dance-related phrases for you to play with: “Dance around the problem,” and “Dance like nobody’s watching,” and “Dance the night away,” and “Dance your socks off,” and “Just dance,” and “Lead a merry dance,” and “Make a song and dance about,” and “Save the last dance for me.” Notes: to dance around the problem is to avoid it. To lead someone on a merry dance is to make things prolonged and complicated for someone. To make a song and dance about something is to make an unnecessarily big deal out of it.
  • *dance→ *dancer: As in, “Take attendancer,” and “I need your guidancer,” and “In abundancer of,” and “In accordancer with,” and “Good riddancer to bad rubbish,” and “Avoidancer techniques.”
  • Dense→ Dance: As in, “The cake should be light and fluffy, not dance,” and “Are you dance?”
  • *dence→ *dance: As in, “Where’s the evidance?” and “A measured cadance,” and “In confidance,” and “Enter into correspondance with.”
  • Pants→ Prance: These puns will help you refer to Prancer, another of Santa’s reindeer: “Ants in his prance,” and “Beat the prance off,” and “By the seat of your prance,” and “Caught with your prance down,” and “Drop your prance,” and “Fancy prance,” and “Fly by the seat of your prance,” and “Keep your prance on,” and “Prance on fire,” and “Smarty prance,” and “Keep it in your prance,” and “Keep your prance on.”
  • Prince→ Prance: As in, “A prance among men,” and “Prance of darkness,” and “Prance of Persia.” Note: Prince of Persia is a video game franchise.
  • Prints→ Prance: As in, “I made some prance to hang on the walls.”
  • Common→ Comet: Make references to Comet, one of Santa’s reindeer, with these: “A victory for comet sense,” and “As comet as muck,” and “Comet ground,” and “Comet sense,” and “Nothing in comet,” and “The comet good.”
  • Comment→ Comet: As in, “No comet,” and “Any questions, comets or concerns?”
  • Come→ Comet: As in, “All good things must comet to an end,” and “Good things comet to those who wait,” and “As tough as they comet,” and “Christmas comets but once a year,” and “Comet and get it,” and “Comet away with me,” and “Comet on over,” and “Comet running,” and “Comet together,” and “Comet again?” and “Comet down hard on,” and “Comet down on (someone) like a tonne of bricks,” and “Comet full circle,” and “Comet hell or high water,” and “Comet home to a real fire,” and “Comet home to roost,” and “Comet in from the cold,” and “Comet of age,” and “Comet out and play,” and “Comet out of the closet,” and “Comet out of your shell,” and “Comet out swinging,” and “Comet rain or shine.”
  • Cosmic→ Comet: As in, “Comet ordering.” Note: cosmic ordering is the idea that positive thinking without action can help you realise your dreams.
  • Comic→ Comet: As in, “Comet strip,” and “Comet timing.”
  • Cupid: As Cupid is one of Santa’s reindeer, this Cupid-related phrase can stand in as a reindeer pun: “Play Cupid.” Note: to play Cupid is to attempt to act as a match-maker.
  • Stupid*→ Cupid*: As in, “Criminal cupidity,” and “I’m with cupid,” and “Keep it simple, cupid,” and “Cupid is as cupid does,” and “Very interesting, but cupid.”
  • Kewpie→ Cupid: As in, “Cupid doll,” and “Cupid mayonnaise.” Note: kewpie is both a type of doll and a brand of mayonnaise.
  • *cup→ *cupid: As in, hiccupid, buttercupid, and teacupid.
  • Done→ Donner: Donner is another of Santa’s reindeer, so it’s been included in this list too: “Been there, donner that,” and “Donner and dusted,” and “A donner deal,” and “Easier said than donner,” and “Hard donner by,” and “Well donner,” and “When all is said and donner,” and “I’m donner for.”
  • Do not→ Donner: As in, “Donner look now,” and “Donner call us, we’ll call you,” and “Donner get me started,” and “Donner give up your day job,” and “Donner go there,” and “Donner hold your breath,” and “Donner knock yourself out,” and “Donner let the door hit you on the way out,” and “Donner tell me what to do,” and “Donner believe everything you hear,” and “Donner get caught with your pants down,” and “Donner knock it til you’ve tried it,” and “I donner understand.”
  • Dinner→ Donner: As in, “Donner and a movie,” and “A donner date,” and “A dog’s donner,” and “Guess who’s coming to donner?”
  • Pardon→ Par-donner: As in, “I beg your par-donner?” and “Well par-donner me for living,” and “Par-donner my French,” and “Par-donner me.” This also works well with other words ending with “don”, like abandon (abandonner), tendon (tendonner), armageddon (armageddonner) and London (Londonner).
  • Blitz: As in, “Blitzed out.” Note: Blitzen is one of Santa’s reindeer.
  • Bliss→ Blitz: As in, “Blitzed out,” and “A blitzful slumber,” and “Domestic blitz,” and “Ignorance is blitz,” and “Marital blitz.”
  • Blister*→ Blitzer*: As in, “Blitzering barnacle,” and “At blitzering speed,” and “Blood blitzer,” and “Blitzer pack,” and “Blitzering heat.” Note: a blister pack is a type of plastic and foil packaging, usually for medicine.
  • *ant→ *antler: As in, “Power plantler,” and “Pair of pantlers,” and “A poignantler story,” and “That’s irrelevantler,” and “A redundantler point.” Other words that could be used are – revenantler (revenant), redundantler (redundant), adamantler (adamant), petulantler (petulant), importantler (important), currantler (currant), resistantler (resistant), accountantler (accountant), lieutenantler (lieutenant), quadrantler (quadrant), gallantler (gallant), tenantler (tenant), constantler, grantler (grant), vagrantler, abundantler (abundant), stimulantler, implantler, giantler, mutantler, participantler, assistantler, adamantler (adamant), sergeantler, miscreantler (miscreant), servantler, merchantler, elephantler, pollutantler.
  • Bull: As male reindeers are known as bulls, we’ve included bull-related puns in this list too. To start off, some bull-related phrases: “A load of bull,” and “A cock and bull story,” and “Like a bull in a china shop,” and “A raging bull,” and “Take the bull by the horns,” and “Bullseye!”
  • Pull→ Bull: As in, “Like bulling teeth,” and “Bulling away,” and “Bull a face,” and “Bull a fast one,” and “Bull up short,” and “Bulling the strings,” and “Bull the pin,” and “Bull your finger out,” and “Bull your socks up,” and “Bull yourself together.”
  • *bal*→ *bull*: As in, “Hanging in the bullance,” and “Bullance the books,” and “A bullpark estimate,” and “Go down like a lead bulloon,” and “Stop eyebulling (eyeballing) me,” and “Go bullistic,” and “What bulloney (baloney),” and “The hairy eyebull.” Other words that would work: bullk (balk), bullot (ballot), globull (global), verbull (verbal), tribull (tribal), cymbull (cymbal), herbull (herbal), and footbull. Notes: to balk is to stop suddenly and not continue.
  • *bel*→ *bull*: As in, “Bullieve it or not,” and “Bullieve you me,” and “Bullow the belt,” and “Hitting bullow your weight,” and “Seeing is bullieving,” and “Suspend your disbullief,” and “Opportunities are seldom labulled,” and “You don’t bullong in business.” Other words that would work: bulligerent (belligerent), bull (bell), bulloved (beloved), labull (label), rebull (rebel), decibull (decibel). Note: to hit below your weight is to perform under expectation.
  • *bil*→ *bull*: As in, “Cut the umbullical cord,” and “Eliminate the possibullities,” and “Take responsibullity.” Other words that would work: bullow (billow), bullboard (billboard), bullion (billion), gerbull (gerbil), liabullity (liability), mobull (mobile), accountabullity (accountability), abullity (ability), capabullity (capability), rehabullitation (rehabilitation), sustainabullity (sustainability).
  • *bol*→ *bull*: As in, “Bulldly go where no man has gone before,” and “Close the stable door after the horse has bullted,” and “Nuts and bullts,” and “Fortune favours the bull-d (bold).” Other words that would work: bullster (bolster), bullocks (bollocks), symbull, gambull (gambol), hyperbulle (hyperbole), abullish (abolish), metabullism. Note: to close the stable door after the horse has bolted is to look after a situation after things have gone badly.
  • *bul*/*bull*: As in, “Bully for you,” and “Buy it in bullk,” and “Bite the bullet,” and “A lightbullb moment.” Other words that can work: bullwark (bulwark), bullb (bulb), bullge (bulge), bullsh*t, nebullous (nebulous), fabullous (fabulous), nebulla (nebula), and vocabullary (vocabulary). Note: if something is nebulous, then it’s vague and without clear form.
  • *boul*→ *bull*: As in, “Over the shoulder bullder (boulder) holder,” and “The bullevard (boulevard) of broken dreams.” Note: “over the shoulder boulder holder” is a very cheeky and colloquial term for a bra.
  • *pal*→ *bull*: As in, “A princibull player.” Other “pal” containing words: bullindrome (palindrome), obull (opal), municibull (municipal), archetypebull (archetypal), bullpable (palpable), and bulltry (paltry). Notes: if something is paltry, then it’s a very small amount. A palindrome is a word that is the same forwards and backwards.
  • *pel*→ *bull*: As in, “The gosbull (gospel) truth,” and “Disbulling (dispelling) rumours,” and “My dobullganger (doppelganger).”
  • *pul*→ *bull*: As in, “Keep your finger on the bullse (pulse),” and “Beaten to a bullp,” and “I won’t be manibullated (manipulated) by you.” Other words that could work: bullchritude (pulchritude), bullpit (pulpit), bulley (pulley), bullmonary (pulmonary), bullverise (pulverise), stibullate (stipulate), imbullse (impulse), pobullist (populist), pobullar (popular), combullsory (compulsory), pobullation (population), obullent (opulent). Notes: if something is opulent, it’s luxurious.
  • *pool*→ *bull*: As in, bullside (poolside), sbull (spool), cessbull, whirlbull, and carbull. Notes: a cesspool is an underground reservoir for liquid waste.
  • *poul*→ *bull*: As in, bulltry (poultry), bulltice (poultice), and ambulle (ampoule). Notes: an ampoule is a small sealed container. A poultice is a medicated cloth used to treat aching and inflammation.
  • *ble*→ *bull*: As in, “Bulleeding (bleeding) heart,” and “A bulleak (bleak) outcome,” and “Bullending (blending) in,” and “Bullessed (blessed) are the meek.” Other words that could work: bullemish (blemish), bulleach (bleach), bulleat (bleat), tabull (table), humbull (humble), feasibull (feasible), amenabull (amenable), viabull (viable), inevitabull (inevitable), vulnerabull, formidabull, sensibull, tangibull (tangible), probullem (problem).
  • *ple*→ *bull*: As in, “Bullead (plead) guilty,” and “I bulledge (pledge) my allegiance,” and “What a bulleasure (pleasure).” Other words you could use: bullethora (plethora), bullea (plea), bulleasant (pleasant), bullease (please), and abbull (apple), princibull, peobull (people), simbull (simple), stabull (stable/staple), exambull (example), multibull (multiple), coubull (couple), ambull (ample), combullement (complement), combullex (complex), imbullement (implement), and combullete (complete).
  • Fool→Bull: As in, “A bull and his money are soon parted,” and “Act the bull,” and “Tom bullery (foolery).”
  • Cow: Since cows are what female reindeer are called, we’ve included cow-related phrases and puns in here too: As in, “Cash cow,” and “Don’t have a cow, man,” and “Holy cow,” and “Till the cows come home.”
  • *cow*: Emphasise the “cow” in certain words to make some terrible reindeer puns, as in: coworker, cower, coward, cowl, cowboy, cowrie, cowardly, cowed, cowardice, scowl, and Moscow.
  • *kow*→ *cow*: As in, “Don’t cowtow to them.” Note: to kowtow is to bow deeply in a show of respect.
  • *kew*→ *cow*: As in, “Cowpie doll,” and “Cowpie mayonnaise.” Note: Kewpie is both a Japanese brand of mayonnaise and a type of doll.
  • *ka*→ *cow*: As in, Eurecow, vodcow, Alascow, papricow, remarcowble, remarkcowble, and lakcowdaisical.
  • *ca*→ *cow*: As in, “Americow can do better,” and “Circow 1999,” and “A loud advocowte (advocate).” Other suitable words: meccow (mecca), Africow (Africa), orcow (orca), alpacow (alpaca), broadcowst (broadcast), implicowtion (implication), occowsion (occasion), applicowtion (application), indicowtion (indication), and dedicowte (dedicate).
  • *cau*→ *cow*: As in, “Cowt between the devil and the deep blue sea,” and “Cowt with your pants down,” and ” Err on the side of cowtion,” and “A lost cowse,” and “Throw cowtion to the wind,” and “Wouldn’t be cowt dead.” Other suitable words: cowstic (caustic), cowtious (cautious), cowcasian (caucasian), cowldron (cauldron), becowse (because).
  • Half → Calf: As in “I’m still calf asleep” and “I’ve got calf a mind to …” and “Calf measures”.
  • Coff* → Calf*: As in, “Artisan calffee (coffee),” and “Added to the calffers (coffers),” and “Company calf-founders,” and “Back from the calffin (coffin).”
  • Caf* → Calf*: As in, calfe (cafe), calfeteria (cafeteria), calffeine (caffeine), decalf (decaf), scalffold (scaffold).
  • *cuff* → *calf*: As in, calflink (cufflink), calfed (cuffed), scalffle (scuffle), fisticalfs (fisticuffs), handcalfs (handcuffs).
  • Halves → Calves: As in, “Go calves,” and “Don’t do things by calves.”
  • Heard → Herd: As in “I overherd them speaking about …” and “The last I herd, …” and “Your herd it here first.” and “You could have herd a pin drop.” and “Stop me if you’ve herd this one”
  • Herd: You can use these herd-related phrases to make some awful reindeer puns: “Herd immunity,” and “Herd instinct,” and “Like herding cats.”
  • Tail: Use these tail-related phrases: “Happy as a dog with two tails,” and “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs,” and “Bright eyed and busy tailed,” and “Can’t make head or tail of it,” and “Chase your own tail,” and “Two shakes of a lamb’s tail.” Note: two shakes of a lamb’s tail is a phrase used to indicated that something is very fast.
  • Tale → Tail: As in, “Dead men tell no tails,” and “Fairytail ending,” and “Live to tell the tail,” and “Never tell tails out of school,” and “An old wives’ tail,” and “Tattle tail,” and “Tell tail sign.”
  • Talent → Tailent: As in, “___’s got Tailent,” and “A tailented painter,” and “Where would you say your tailents lie?”
  • Toilet → Tailet: As in, “Down the tailet,” and “In the tailet.”
  • Style → Stail: As in, hairstail, freestail, lifestail, and stailus (stylus)
  • Tile → Tail: As in, fertail (fertile), percerntail (percentile), projectail (projectile), reptail (reptile), and versatail (versatile).
  • Who’ve → Hoof: As in “Hoof you spoken to so far?”
  • Walk → Hoof it: As in “We missed the bus and had to hoof it home.”
  • Huff → Hoof: As in, “Hoofing paint,” and “A hoofy (huffy) attitude,” and “I belong in Hooflepuff (Hufflepuff),” and “Shoofling away,” and “Shoofling the deck,” and “Feeling choofed (chuffed).” Note: to feel chuffed is to feel very pleased.
  • Half → Hoof: As in, “Ain’t hoof bad,” and “My better hoof,” and “Cheap at hoof the price,” and “Getting there is hoof the fun,” and “Hoof awake.” Other half-related words: hoofway (halfway), hoof-baked, hooftime (halftime), hoofhearted, and behoof (behalf).
  • *hef* → *hoof*: As in, “A hoofty (hefty) promise,” and “Grand Thooft Auto,” and “Identity thooft.”
  • *hif* → *hoof*: As in, “Working in shoofts,” and “A whoof of perfume,” and “Makeshooft tent,” and “Shoofty glances.”
  • Have → Hoof/Hoove: As in, “As luck may hoove it,” and “Hoof your cake and eat it too,” and “Hoove a ball,” and “Hoof a bone to pick,” and “Hoof a go,” and “The walls hoove ears.”
  • *hav* → *hoove*: As in, hoove (have), hooveoc (havoc), behooveiour, aftershoove, and behoove (behave).
  • *hev* → *hoove*: As in, “Looking dishooveled (disheveled).”
  • *hiv* → *hoove*: As in, “In the archooves,” and “Shoovers down my spine,” and “Choovealry (chivalry) is not dead, we just don’t know the meaning of it,” and “A beehoove (beehive) hairstyle.”
  • *hov* → *hoove*: As in, hoover (hover), hoovel (hovel), hoovering (hovering), hoovercraft (hovercraft), shoovel and pushoover.
  • *fur*: Use these fur-related/containing phrases in your reindeer wordplay: “Couldn’t be further from the truth,” and “Moving furniture,” and “A furtive manner,” and “And furthermore..” and “A roaring furnace,” and “Blind fury,” and “Fast and Furious,” and “Furnishing the truth.”
  • Far → Fur: As in, “A step too fur,” and “As fur as it goes,” and “As fur as the eye can see,” and “A fur cry,” and “Few and fur between,” and “Over the hills and fur away,” and “So fur, so good,” and “As fur as I know.” Other suitable “far” containing words: furm (farm), furwell (farewell), furt (fart), further (farther), insofur (insofar), nefurious (nefarious), welfur and furce (farce).
  • *fer* → *fur*: As in, “A offur you can’t refuse,” and “I beg to diffur,” and “Make a diffurence,” and “Marching to the beat of a diffurent drum,” and “Offur condolences.” Other “fer” containing words that you could use: furn (fern), fural (feral), furvent (fervent), furvor (fervor), furret (ferret), furment (ferment), furocious, furtile, furrule (ferrule), defur (defer), confur, infur, refur, offur, transfur, buffur, prefur, proffur, refurence, confurence and transfurence.
  • *fir* → *fur*: “At furst,” and “At furst blush,” and “A furm handshake.” Other suitable words: affurm, confurm, affurmation and affurmative.
  • *for* → *fur*: As in, “A furce to be reckoned with,” and “Good furm (form),” and “Move furwards,” and “Why have you fursaken me?” and “The furcast for tomorrow,” and “So on and so furth,” and “Furbidden fruit.” Other words that would work: perfurmance, infurmation, therefur, fursight (foresight) and fursee.
  • Fear* → Fur*: As in: furful, furless, fursome and furmonger.
  • *feur* → *fur*: As in: chauffur and coiffur. Note: a coiffeur is a hairdresser.
  • Four* → Fur*: As in: fur (four), furth (fourth), furteen, furty (forty) and fursome (foursome).
  • *phor* → *fur*: As in, “A useless metafur,” and “Giddy eufuria (euphoria).” Other words that could be used: camfur (camphor), phosfur, dysfuria (dysphoria) and semafur (semaphore). Note: semaphore is a system of signs.
  • *pher* → *fur*: As in, “You’re indecifurable,” and “I’m not your gofur (gopher),” and “The wedding photografur,” and “The barefoot philosofur.” Other words that could work: furomone (pheromone), cifur (cipher), philosofur (philosopher), cinematografur, perifural (peripheral), cartografur, atmosfur (atmosphere), sfur (sphere), parafurnalia (paraphernalia), perifury (periphery), hemisfur (hemisphere).
  • Sephiroth → Sepfuroth: Note: Sephiroth is a much-loved character from the Final Fantasy game franchise.
  • *phar* → *fur*: Change the “phar” in certain words to “fur” to make reindeer-related puns: furmacy (pharmacy), furaoh (pharaoh), furmacist (pharmacist), furmacology (pharmacology).
  • *phe* → *fur*: As in, “Natural furnomenon (phenomenon),” and “A furnomenal mistake.” Other words that would work: furseant (pheasant), eufurmism (euphemism), blasfurmy (blasphemy).
  • *phere* → *fur*: As in, atmosfur (atmosphere), hemisfur (hemisphere), biosfur (biosphere), stratosfur (stratosphere), and troposfur (troposphere). Note: the troposphere is the lowest layer of the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • Coat: Use these coat-related phrases in your mammalian wordplay: “Coat-tail investing,” and “Don’t forget your raincoat,” and “Ride on someone’s coat-tails.” Some coat-related words: petticoat, turncoat, overcoat, sugarcoat, waistcoat and peacoat.
  • Belt → Pelt: As in, “Below the pelt,” and “Pelt it out,” and “Buckle your seat pelts,” and “Tighten your pelt,” and “Under your pelt,” and “A notch in someone’s pelt.”
  • *pelt*: As in: spelt and misspelt.
  • Forest: As reindeer live in forests, we’ve included forest-related phrases in this list: “Forest green,” and “See the forest for the trees,” and “Only you can prevent forest fires.”
  • First→ Forest: As in, “A world forest,” and “At forest blush,” and “Be the forest to know,” and “Case the forest stone,” and “Love at forest sight,” and “Safety forest,” and “The forest cut is the deepest,” and “Today is the forest day of the rest of your life,” and “A world forest,” and “Forest impressions,” and “Forest come, forest served.”
  • Land→ Woodland: Outside of Santa’s workshop in Lapland, reindeer live in forest and woodland so we’ve included woodland in this list. As in, “A blot on the woodlandscape,” and “Cloud cuckoo woodland,” and “In the woodland of the living,” and “The woodland of hope and glory,” and “Political woodlandscape,” and “The woodland of nod.”
  • Click: The knees of reindeer can produce a clicking sound as they walk, which is a way to establish dominance among reindeer, so we’ve included click-related phrases in this list: “Click bait,” and “Click into place,” and “Click your fingers,” and “Click with,” and “Point and click,” and “Double click,” and “Mouse click.”
  • Eclectic→ Eclicktic: As in, “An eclicktic collection.”
  • Cloc*→ Click*: As in,” Like clickwork,” and “Turning clickwise,” and “Against the click,” and “Regular as clickwork.”
  • Crick*→ Click*: As in, “Jiminy Clicket,” and “It’s not clicket,” and “Holy clicket.” Note: Jiminy Cricket is a character from Pinocchio.
  • Remnant → Ruminant: As in “I haven’t a ruminant of pride left after making all these terrible goat puns.” (A “ruminant” is a family of hooved mammals comprising goats, sheep, cows, deer, giraffe and their relatives)
  • Prominent → Pruminant: As in “She’s a pruminant member of our group.”
  • Permanent → Pruminant: As in “I’ve accidentally used pruminant marker on the whiteboard.”
  • Buck: Since male deers (but not reindeers) are called bucks, we’ve included buck-related phrases in this list: “A bigger bang for your buck,” and “A buck well spent,” and “Big bucks,” and “Buck naked,” and “Buck the system,” and “Buck up,” and “A fast buck,” and “Pass the buck,” and “A quick buck,” and “The buck stops here,” and “Feel like a million bucks.” Some words containing “buck”: bucket, buckle, buckwheat, buckling, Starbucks, roebuck.
  • Back→ Buck: As in, “Answer buck,” and “As soon as my buck is turned,” and “At the buck of my mind,” and “Buck in black,” and “Buck to the future,” and “Buck down,” and “Buck from the dead,” and “Buck in business,” and “Buck in the day,” and “Buck in the saddle,” and “Buck on track,” and “Buck on your feet,” and “Buck out,” and “Buckseat driver,” and “Buck the wrong horse,” and “Buck to basics,” and “Buck to nature,” and “Buck to square one,” and “Buck to the drawing board,” and “A buckhanded compliment,” and “Buck to the wall,” and “Bend over buckwards to help,” and “Cast your mind buck,” and “Comebuck king,” and “Double buck,” and “Crawl buck into your shell,” and “Eyes in the buck of your head,” and “Face like the buck of a bus,” and “Fed up to the buck teeth,” and “Fighting buck tears,” and “Get buck at,” and “Go buck on a promise,” and “Go buck on your word,” and “Behind your buck.”
  • *back*→ *buck*: As in, buckslide (backslide), buckup (backup), buckground (background), bucklash (backlash), buckdrop (backdrop), buckyard (backyard), bucklog (backlog), buckbite (backbite), buckwards, feedbuck, setbuck, abuck (aback), drawbuck, piggybuck, pushbuck, kickbuck, and laidbuck.
  • Beck→ Buck: As in, “At your buck and call.” Note: to be at someone’s beck and call is to be entirely subservient to them.
  • Beck*→ Buck*: As in, “They’re buckoning (beckoning).”
  • *bic*→ *buck*: As in, “Stop buckering!” and “I’m learning Arabuck (Arabic).”
  • *bec*→ *buck*: As in, “What have you buckome?” and “Buckause I said so,” and “Vegan barbuckues are awesome,” and “At my buck and call,” and “A lie, told often enough, buckomes the truth,” and “Just buckause you can doesn’t mean you should.”
  • *bic*→ *buck*: As in, acerbuck (acerbic), xenophobuck (xenophobic), iambuck (iambic), aerobuck (aerobic), claustrophobuck (claustrophobic), homophobuck (homophobic), cubuckle (cubicle).
  • *puc*→ *buck*: As in, “Bucker up,” and “A soy capbuckcino (cappuccino).”
  • *pac*→ *buck*: As in, “Care buckage,” and “A wrinkly buckyderm (pachyderm),” and “A buck of lies,” and “Bucked to the rafters.” Note: a pachyderm is a type of mammal.
  • *pec*→ *buck*: As in, “Make a sbucktacle (spectacle) of yourself,” and “Put it in persbucktive (perspective),” and “Sbucktator (spectator) sport,” and “With all due resbuckt (respect),” and “Exbuckt the unexbuckted (unexpected),” and “The usual susbuckts (suspects).” Other words that would work: bucker (pecker), sbucktre (spectre), buckuliar (peculiar), buckan (pecan), bucktoral (pectoral), prosbucktive (prospective).
  • *pic*→ *buck*: As in, “The big buckture (picture),” and “In a buckle (pickle),” and “A buckturesque (picturesque) scene,” and “An ebuck (epic) argument.” Other words you could use: myobuck (myopic), tobuck (topic), philanthrobuck (philanthropic), misanthrobuck (misanthropic), cons-buck-uous (conspicuous), debuckt (depict), desbuckable (despicable), toothbuck (toothpick).
  • *poc*→ *buck*: As in, “Burn a hole in one’s bucket (pocket),” and “Four horsemen of the abuckalypse,” and “Bucket-sized,” and “Hocus puckus (pocus).” Other words you could use: Buckahontas (Pocahontas), buckmark (pockmark), hybuckrisy (hypocrisy), hybuckrite (hypocrite).
  • *bik*→ *buck*: As in, “Buckini (bikini) model,” and “Buckram yoga,” and “Rubuck‘s cube.”
  • Bequeath→ Buckeath: As in, “I buckeath to you.”
  • Do→ Doe: As female deer (but not reindeer!) are known as does, we’ve included doe-related puns in this list and may have a separate list dedicated to deer later on. As in, “You doe you,” and “Damned if I doe, damned if I doen’t,” and “Doe your best.”
  • Though→ Doe: As in, “Seriously doe,” and “You look as doe you’ve seen a ghost,” and “Really, doe?”
  • Down→ Doe-n: As in, “A spoonful of medicine makes the medicine go doe-n,” and “Back doe-n,” and “Batten doe-n the hatches,” and “Bogged doe-n,” and “Boogie on doe-n,” and “Breathing doe-n your neck,” and “Bring the house doe-n,” and “Brought doe-n to Earth,” and “Buckle doe-n,” and “Calm doe-n!”
  • Dough→ Doe: As in, “Dollars to doe-nuts,” and “Cookie doe.”

Reindeer-related Words

To help you come up with your own reindeer puns, here’s a list of related words to get you on your way. If you come up with any new puns or related words, please feel free to share them in the comments!

reindeer, deer, sleigh, rudolph, red-nosed, dasher, dancer, prancer, comet, cupid, donner, blitzen, antler, bull, cow, calf, calves, herd, tail, hoof, fur, pelt, forest, woodland, clicking, ruminant, buck, doe

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