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.”
- Bearer: “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!”
- *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.
- 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).
- Pear* → Bear*: As in, “A bearlescent gleam,” and “Disabbearing act,” and “Will you make an abbearance?”
- Shakespeare → Shakesbeare
- Pare* → Bear*: As in, “Bearental (parental) guidance,” and “In bearenthesis (parenthesis),” and “Beyond combear.” Other words that could work: prebear (prepare), transbearent (transparent) and abbearent (apparent).
- 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.”
- 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).
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
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