Dolphin Puns

This Punpedia entry is all about dolphin puns! The most famous dolphin pun involves the play on “porpoise” to replace the word “purpose”. Technically, porpoises aren’t dolphins, but they are very closely related, so we’re grouping them in here. Being aquatic mammals, and specifically cetaceans, dolphins are also closely related to whales, so head over to the entry on whale puns if you’re looking for more cetacean-themed puns. Also, although technically orcas (killer whales) are part of the dolphin family, they’re included in both the whale puns entry and this entry. You might also like to check out the entries on beach puns, ocean puns and fish puns.

As with all entries on Punpedia, if you’ve got a great pun, you can post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry. And if you’re looking for visual puns, there’s a collection of visual dolphin puns towards the end of this entry.

Dolphin Puns List

Each item in this list of dolphin puns is either a simple word-swap (e.g. Purpose → Porpoise) 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.

  • Purpose → Porpoise: As in “I didn’t do it on porpoise!” and “They porpoisefully moved toward me.” and “I can tell you’re being porpoisely vague.” and “They are not to be used for illegal porpoises.” and “I love my new multi-porpoise cleaning spray!”
  • Something → Somefin: As in “There’s somefin about the way he walks” and “Is that a shark, or somefin else?”.
  • Nothing → Nofin: As in “Nofin is better than swimming with dolphins” and “I’ve got nofin left to give!”.
  • Fan* → Fin*: “fan” can sometimes be replaced with “fin” at the start of words to create fin puns: fintastic (fantastic), finciful (fanciful), finfare (fanfare), fintasy, findom, finciful.
  • Fine/Fin./Find/Fun → Fin: The word “fin” can be used to replace many small words than have both ‘f’ and ‘n’ like “fun” and “find”. The term “fin” also a French word meaning “finish”, and so is sometimes seen at the end of old films and books.
  • *fin*: If a word contains “fin”, it’s an easy dolphin pun: affinity, coffin, definitive, definitively, finch, finesse, finishfinished, finnish, finland, infinity, infinitesimal.
  • Poor person → Porpoise-on: As in “That porpoise-on, just can’t stop making dolphin puns.”
  • Defin* → Dolphin: As in “We dolphinitely need more time to finish the mission.” and “What is the dolphinition of this word?” and “Please dolphine this word.” and “It’s the dolphinitive source of Nordic history.”
  • In* → Fin*: A lovely and shameful pun can be made from any word starting with “in”. Simply replace “in” with “fin”: finformation, finfluence, finvolve, finternational, finvolved, fintroduce, findeed, finvestment, finto, finclude, finteresting, fintellectual, finjury, fintend, finterview, finsurance, finstrument, … Thousand more can be made with the help of a list like this.
  • *fici* → *fishi*: If a word contains “fici” it can often be replaced with “fishi”. Here are some examples: affishionado, artifishial, benefishial, coeffishient, defishiency, defishit, ineffishient, suffishient, ofishial, profishient, superfishial.
  • Issue → Fishue: As in “That’s not the fishue here though.” and “I was fishued a sign for parking without a ticket”.
  • Orchestra → Orcastra: As in “It was a small orcastra, but it was nice.” and of course conjugations like orcastratration, orcastrator and orcastrate can also be made. Remember, orcas are part of the dolphin family of aquatic mammals.
  • Accom* → Orcam*: If a word begins with “accom”, a terrible/amazing orca pun can be made: orcammadate (accomodate), orcampany (accompany), orcamplished (accomplished), orcamplice (accomplice), orcampaniments (accompaniments), orcamplice (accomplice).
  • Killer: Orca‘s are also known as killer whales (even though they’re dolphins), so you can slip “killer” into a sentence for a subtle pun: “These jokes are just killer!” and “Oh wow, that was a killer whale pun.”
  • Door salesperson → Dorsals person: As in “Door-to-dorsals people are really annoying.” and “Does anyone actually buy things from dorsalsmen?”
  • Mum will / Mum’ll → Mammal: As in “I’m working late, so mammal pick you up tonight.”
  • *tail: Dolphins have a “tail”, and it’s sort of takes up half their body, so if you’re stretching for an extra dolphin pun, words containing tail like entail, detail, retail and cocktail may just get you over the line.
  • Fluke: The two “lobes” which make up a dolphin’s tail are called “flukes”, and a “fluke” in regular usage is an unlikely and surprising occurrence of a good thing.
  • Flip her → Flipper: As in “Don’t you dare flipper off! That’s rude!” and “We’re going to need to flipper on her belly before the surgery.”
  • Calf: A young dolphin is called a “calf“, and this word can also refer to the calf muscle which can be used to make a pun.
  • Bull: A male dolphin is called a “bull”, and this word has several other meanings which can be used to make a pun. For example: “That’s a load of bull” and “Yeah, he’s a bit of a bully.”
  • Cow: A female dolphin is called a “cow“, and this word has several other meanings which can be used to make a pun (For example, it can mean “to intimidate”).
  • Spout: The blowhole from which dolphin breathe is often called a “spout“, and so with the right context we can make a pun of it using one of the other definitions: “Oh will you stop spouting your nonsense please.”
  • Bottle: The bottle-nosed dolphin may be famous enough to simple use “bottle” as a dolphin pun in the right context. “Bottle” has many definition, as in: “Can you please fill my bottle?” and “He tried to bottle me over the head!” and “We need to bottle all this juice by sundown.”
  • *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. See ocean puns entry for more.
  • Se* → Sea*: Some words that start with just “se” also have a “sea”-ish sound: seacret, searious, seargeant, seacretion, seacure, seacurity, seacondary, seacretariat, seaconds, seacrete, searum, searenity, searvitude. See ocean puns entry for more.
  • Sea*: Most words starting with “sea” are easy sea puns: season, seasonal, seated, searingly, sealants, seam. See ocean puns entry for more.
  • 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). See ocean puns entry for more.
  • *ways → *waves: Words than end in “ways” can be made into bad wave puns: alwaves (always), railwaves (railways), sidewaves, pathwaves, lengthwaves, doorwaves.
  • Bubbly: “bubbly” has a “this water is bubbly” sense and a “he has a really bubbly personality” sense.
  • What an animal → Water animal: As in “Water animal you’ve become.”
  • Grampa’s → Grampus: A “grampus” refers to a cetacean (a group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises) of the dolphin family, in particular, and especially to an orca or a “Risso’s dolphin”.
  • Dive: As in “The stock market took a dive today.” and “I tried to dive for the ball to intercept it.” and “This relationship has really taken a dive lately.”
  • Heard this → Herd fish: As in “I herd fish guy calling my name.” and “I over-herd fish really bad pun the other day.” For context, dolphins often hunt together in groups by “herding” fish into a ball and then taking turns to swim through the ball and get a mouth full.

Dolphin-Related Phrases

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

  • Going swimmingly
  • A drop in the ocean
  • A sea change
  • Swimming along nicely
  • Like a fish out of water
  • Plenty of fish in the sea
  • Something fishy about that
  • Bigger fish to fry
  • We’re short on phrases for this entry, please help improve Punpedia by posting suggestions in the comments! 🙂

Dolphin-Related Words

There are always more puns to be invented! Here’s a list of dolphin-related words to help you out. If you come up with any new dolphin puns, please share them in the comments!

porpoise, bottle-nose, river dolphin, cetacea, cetacean, mammal, saltwater, ocean, sea, beach, jump, jumped, blowhole, flipper, fin, echolocation, sonar, click, clicking, whistle, marine, grampus, calf, dive, splash, flip, bubble, bubbles, herd fish, spin, playful, aquatic, marine, dorsal, leaping, orca, killer whale, fish

Got more dolphin-related words? Please help improve Punpedia by posting them in the comments!

Dolphin Jokes

If you’re looking for extremely corny dolphin jokes, then you’ve come to the right place. All of these jokes rely on some sort of pun for their punchline. Tap or hover on the back rectangle to show the answer.

  • How does a group of dolphins decide on something? – They flipper coin!
  • How did they know the dolphin attack was no accident? – Because dolphins do everything on Porpoise.
  • What did the baby dolphin do when he didn’t get his way? – She whale-d
  • What is a dolphin’s favorite TV show? – Whale of fortune!
  • What birthday party game do dolphin like to play? – Salmon says!
  • Why don’t dolphin do well on school tests? – Because they work below C-Level.
  • What is the most important vitamin in a dolphin’s diet? – Vitamin Sea!
  • Where do dolphin races end? – At dolphinish line!
  • How do dolphin’s say the word “finish”? – Fin. (The french word for “finish”)
  • What’s a dolphin’s favourite sport? – Golphin’
  • What did the mommy dolphin do when her son was an hour late for dinner? – She flipped!

Dolphin Pun Images

We’ve scrummaged through the internet and managed to gather together all the visual dolphin puns (memes, comics, etc.) that we could. If you’ve made or found any more, please share a link to it in the comments!

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Whale Puns

This Punpedia entry is about whale puns! There are also entries on dolphin puns, ocean puns and beach puns if you’re interested in those. Word play around the topic of whales is quite common on the internet, partly due do the versatility of the word “whale” itself as a pun (while, well, will, …), but perhaps mostly because people just love whales. Also, note that orcas (killer whales) are part of the dolphin family, but they’re included in this entry too.

If you’re looking for visual whale puns (including meme-type images), scroll down towards the end of this article. And as usual, if you’ve got any whale puns that are missing from this entry, please share them in the comments at the end of the page!

Whale Puns List

Each of the items below is either a single word-swap type pun, a general rule for creating whale puns.

  • Well → Whale: As in “I hope you and your family are whale.” and “Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here.”
  • Wel* → Whale*: If a word begins with “wel” we can usually replace it with “whale”: whalecome (welcome), whalefare (welfare), whalesh (welsh), whaleding (welding), whaleterweight (welterweight), whaleness (wellness), whale-heeled (well-helled), whaled (weld), whalefarist (welfarist).
  • *wel → *whale: If “wel” occurs at the end of a word we can generally make a whale pun out of it (though some words work better than others): disembowhale (disembowel), towhale (towel), bowhale (bowel), jewhale (jewel), bejewhale (bejewel). Variations on these like disembowhalement, can of course be created.
  • While → Whale: As in “It’s been a whale since we last saw each other.” and “Strike whale the iron is hot.” and “All the whale, he just sat there.”
  • *while → *whale: If a word ends in “while” we can usually replace it with “whale”: meanwhale (meanwhile), worthwhale (worthwhile).
  •  Welp! → Whalep!: As in “Whalep! It’s time for me to go now.”
  • Wail → Whale: As in “The poor man is whaling over his dead husband.” and “He’s whaling because he’s scared.”.
  • Wile → Whale: As in “Don’t underestimate the whale of this person.” The word “wile” essentially means devious/cunning artfulness for manipulating others.
  • We’ll → Whale: As in “Don’t call us, whale call you” and “Sorry, I’ve got to go, whale have to catch up again soon.”
  • Now I’ll → Narwhal: As in “Narwal have to think of another one.” and “And narwhal finish by telling my best whale pun ever.”
  • Now we’ll → Narwhal: As in “And narwhal take a minute to thank our sponsors.”
  • *w I’ll → *w whale: As in “Tomorrow whale start on a plant-based diet.” and “Don’t test me, you know whale do it!” and here’s a big list: know whale (know I’ll), new whale (new I’ll), now whale (now I’ll), how whale (how I’ll), show whale (show I’ll), view whale, follow whale, low whale, allow whale, window whale, few whale, narrow whale, blow whale, throw whale. Here’s a list of words ending in ‘w’ so you can invent your own.
  • *ual → *uwhale: If “ual” occurs at the end of a word, then the “al” can often be replaced with “whale”: individuwhale (individual), annuwhale (annual), equwhale (equal), sexuwhale, actuwhale, usuwhale, intellectuwhale, usuwhale, manuwhale, casuwhale, visuwhale, rituwhale, spirituwhale, mutuwhale, homosexuwhale, duwhale (dual), graduwhale, eventuwhale, conceptuwhale, virtuwhale, contractuwhale, residuwhale, factuwhale, continuwhale, hetersexuwhale, perpetuwhale, contextuwhale, textuwhale, habituwhale, perceptuwhale, sensuwhale, bilinguwhale, consensuwhale, punctuwhale, instinctuwhale, transexsuwhale, menstruwhale, audiovisuwhale, bisexuwhale, asexuwhale.
  • *ual* → *uwhale*: If a word contains “ual”, we can often switch “al” it out for “whale”: actuwhaleity, disquwhaleification, equwhaleity, homosexuwhaleity, quwhalitative, spirituwhaleity.
  • Fuel → Fuwhale: As in “We’ve run out of fuwhale.”
  • Cruel → Cruwhale: As in “That’s a bit cruwhale.”
  • Whirl → Whale: As in “Start the engine and take it for a whale.”
  • Way I’ll → Whale:  As in “There’s no whale come with you.” and “If there’s a whale find it.”.
  • Way all → Whale: As in “There’s no whale this food is free?!”
  • Orchestra → Orcastra: As in “It was a small orcastra, but it was nice.” and of course conjugations like orcastratration, orcastrator and orcastrate can also be made.
  • Orwellian → Orwhaleian: As in “It’s like some sort of Orwhaleian distopia.”
  • Walden → Whaleden: As in “I just finished reading Moby Dick and Whaleden – both great books.”
  • *way → *whale: If a word ends in “way” we can usually create a terrible whale pun by replacing it with “whale”. For example: “It took my breath awhale.” and “We’re halfwhale there!” and here’s some more without example sentences: railwhale (railway), doorwhale (doorway), highwhale, airwhale, underwhale, waterwhale, subwhale, hideawhale, stairwhale.
  • Renewal → Renewhale: As in “Membership renewhale fees are due in January.”
  • Twelve → Twhaleve: As in “Oh gosh, look at the time, it’s twhaleve o’clock, I got to go.”
  • Wallace → Whaleace: As in “William Whaleace was a Scottish hero.”
  • Walrus → Whalerus: As in “In what context would the pun ‘whalerus‘ be useful?”
  • Walnuts → Whalenuts: As in “When will we be able to harvest the whalenuts?”
  • Whilst → Whalest: As in “Quit whalest you’re ahead.”
  • Wallpaper → Whalepaper: As in “What pattern should I choose for my bedroom whalepaper?”
  • Waltz → Whaletz: As in “Here’s my partner, just in time for the whaletz.”
  • Wilderness → Whalederness: As in “There’s something relaxing about the whalederness“.
  • Purpose → Porpoise: As in “I didn’t do it on porpoise!” and “They porpoisefully moved toward me.”
  • Killer: Orca‘s are also known as killer whales, so you can slip “killer” into a sentence for a subtle pun: “These jokes are just killer!” and “Oh wow, that was a killer whale pun.”
  • Killer → Kriller: As in “And that’s when the kriller whale attacked me.” and “The kriller premeditated the murder.”
  • Fan* → Fin*: “fan” can sometimes be replaced with “fin” at the start of words to create fin puns: fintastic (fantastic), finciful (fanciful), finfare (fanfare), fintasy, findom, finciful.
  • Fine/Fin./Find/Fun → Fin: The word “fin” can be used to replace many small words than have both ‘f’ and ‘n’ like “fun” and “find”. The term “fin” also a French word meaning “finish”, and so is sometimes seen at the end of old films and books.
  • *fin*: If a word contains “fin”, it’s an easy whale pun: affinity, coffin, definitive, definitively, finch, finesse, finishfinished, finnish, finland, infinity, infinitesimal.
  • Mum will / Mum’ll → Mammal: As in “I’m working late, so mammal pick you up tonight.”
  • While her → Whaler: As in “We quickly sneaked away whaler parents weren’t looking.”
  • Fluke: The two “lobes” which make up a dolphin’s tail are called “flukes”, and a “fluke” in regular usage is an unlikely and surprising occurrence of a good thing.
  • 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.”
  • While I → Whaler: As in “See just watched whaler was taken away.”
  • Her man → Herman: A subtle pun for a literary audience. Herman Melville wrote a very famous whaling novel called “Moby Dick”. Example sentence: “Don’t talk to her like that, Herman will beat you up.”
  • Cry → Blubber: “blubber” can refer to either the fat of sea mammals, or to sob noisily and uncontrollably.
  • Right, well → Right whale: A “right whale” is a common member of the baleen whale family. Example sentence: “Right whale I’ve got to go now, but ti was nice to chat.”
  • Pilot: A “pilot whale” is a well known species of whale, and “pilot” can obviously refer to the person who controls an aircraft.
  • Grampa’s → Grampus: A “grampus” refers to a cetacean (a group that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises) of the dolphin family, in particular, and especially to a killer whale (which is a dolphin) or a “Risso’s dolphin”.
  • Dive: As in “The stock market took a dive today.” and “I tried to dive for the ball to intercept it.” and “This relationship has really taken a dive lately.”
  • Migratory: Many whale species are famous for their extremely long annual migrations. So “migration” and “migratory“, used in a non-whale fashion can be a subtle pun.
  • Hot-blooded → Warm-blooded: The term “hot-blooded” (of Shakespearean origin) means to have a passionate nature or be inclined to a quick temper. Whales are well known for being one of the very few species in the sea that are warm-blooded. Thus, if you use “warm-blooded” in place of “hot-blooded” when describing someone with a quick temper, then, in the right contexts, you’ve got yourself a subtle whale pun.
  • *s on our → Sonar: If a word ends in “s” and is followed by “on our” then we can play on the word “sonar” (some whales use echolocation, or sonar, to help them “see”). Examples: “I strongly condemn any attacks sonar people.” and “Yep, it’s sonar webpage.”
  • Breach: As in “Captain, the whale army has breached our security.” In case you didn’t know, when a whale jumps out of the water it’s called “breaching“.
  • Calf: A young whale is called a “calf“, and this word can also refer to the calf muscle which can be used to make a pun.
  • Bull: A male whale is called a “bull”, and this word has several other meanings which can be used to make a pun. For example: “That’s a load of bull” and “Yeah, he’s a bit of a bully.”
  • Cow: A female whale is called a “cow“, and this word has several other meanings which can be used to make a pun (For example, it can mean “to intimidate”).
  • Spout: The blowhole from which whales breathe is often called a “spout“, and so with the right context we can make a pun of it using one of the other definitions: “Oh will you stop spouting your nonsense please.”
  • Bubbly: “bubbly” has a “this water is bubbly” sense and a “he has a really bubbly personality” sense.
  • Way all → Whale: As in “It’s strange the whale these people are dressed the same.”

Whale-Related Phrases

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

  • Lay there like a beached whale
  • A sea change
  • A whale of a time
  • As big as a whale
  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • Happy slapping
  • A drop in the ocean
  • Don’t have a cow
  • Like a bull in a China shop
  • Holy cow
  • Blowing one’s own horn
  • Make like the wind and blow out of here
  • Mickey finn
  • Not able to make head or tail of it
  • Old blowhard
  • Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more
  • A sacred cow
  • Seize the bull by the horns
  • Until the cows come home

Whale-Related Words

Here’s a bunch of whale-related words that you can use to invent you own whale puns. If you come up with anything, please share it with us in the comments at the end of this entry!

porpoise, sperm whale, killer whale, orca, flipper, fin, free willy, blowhole, blow, blower, mammal, plankton, krill, humpback, cetacean, cetacea, cetaceous, blue whale, narwhal, baleen, whaler, whaling, harpoon, gray whale, beluga, beached, breaching, blubber, moby dick, herman melville, whale watching, pilot whale, dorsal fin, migratory, carcass, sea, ocean, saltwater, right whale, pelargic, warm blooded, marine, open water, pinniped, sonar, spermaceti, ambergris, cachalot, leviathan, bowhead, flense, calf, breach, spout, bull, fluke, minke whale, grampus, spout hole, tail fin, splash, razorback, slap, whale louse, whalebone, rorqual, spiracle, spray, blackfish, piked whale, blubber oil, dwarf minke whale, fail whale, beaked whale, cetology, cow, aquatic mammal, balaenidae, big, massive, huge, bubbles, pod, mysis, barnacle, equatorial, behemoth, bristles, buoyancy, cavort, cavorting, endangered, enormous, gulp, greenpeace, lunge feeding, ram feeding, milk, migration, rotting, slapping, tail, shamu, comb

Whale Jokes

If you’re looking for short, corny whale jokes with punchlines that are puns, then you’re at the right place. Have you got a cheesy whale joke that we don’t? Please share it with us in the comments!

  • Where do you calculate the mass of a cetacean? – At a whale-weigh station!
  • What is a whale’s favourite story? – The Humpback of Notre Dame
  • What is an orca’s favourite TV show? – Whale of fortune!
  • What do you call a 100 year old whale? – A hunchback whale.
  • What do whales like to chew? – Blubber gum!
  • What kind of whale flies? – A pilot whale!
  • Why are they called sperm whales? – Because seamen discovered them.
  • Why was the whale so sad? – Because she was a Blue whale.
  • Have you ever seen a fish cry? – No, but I have seen a whale blubber.
  • What do you call a pod of musical whales? – An Orcastra.
  • How does a group of whales make a decision? – Flipper coin!
  • What is a blue whale’s favourite James Bond Film? – Licence to Krill
  • Where does a killer whale go for braces? – The orca-dontist

Whale Pun Images

Here’s a bunch of visual whale puns that we’ve managed to find. Have you found or made a good/terrible whale pun image? Please share a link to it in the comments! 🙂

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Water Puns

This entry is about water puns! It’s closely related to the Punpedia entry on ocean puns, but with a tighter emphasis on water, and including puns about rivers, freshwater topics, liquid, ice and rain to name a few of the main topics. There is also a bit of cross-over with the beach puns entry, so check that out if you’re interested.

As usual, the images and visual puns at closer to the end of the article, so scroll down if that’s what you’re looking for. And if you’ve got a terrible/amazing pun that isn’t in this entry, please post it in the comments and one of our curators will add it to this entry.

Water 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 water related puns that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page!

  • What are → Water: As in “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?”
  • 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 do → Water: As in “Water you think about this?”
  • What her → Water: As in “I know water problem is.” and “Do you know water mother thinks about this?”.
  • Do you → Dew: As in “Dew want to grab a coffee some time?” and “How dew do?”
  • Whatever → Waterever: As in “Waterever, I don’t care.” and “Do waterever you want”.
  • Each → Beach: As in “Beach of us have our own towel”.
  • Bitch → Beach: As in “Those beaches don’t know me!” and “She says you were being a bit beachy“.
  • Damn → Dam: As in “This is the best damned water pun you’ve ever heard.” and “These dam otters are stealing all my trees.”
  • *dam*: Most words containing “dam” can be made into “dam” puns: damage, damnation, madam, goddamn, adamant, damsel, fundamental.
  • Shallow: As in “That comment was very shallow.”
  • Like → lake: As in “Swim lake a fish.” and “Lake a fish out of water.”
  • Current: As in “Currently we have no other options.”
  • *ways → *waves: Words than end in “ways” can be made into bad wave puns: alwaves (always), railwaves (railways), sidewaves, pathwaves, lengthwaves, doorwaves.
  • Fathom: A “fathom” is a unit of length equal to 6 feet (~1.8m) and is most commonly used in reference to the depth of water. Example sentences: “I can’t fathom what she means.” and “It’s completely unfathomable!”
  • Acquaintance → Aquaintance: As in “I don’t know her well, she’s just an aquaintance“.
  • No → Snow: As in “There’s snow way you’re coming with us.”
  • Tired → Tide: As in “It’s late, and I’m getting tide of water puns.”
  • Tidy → Tidey: As in “After the party we need to tidey the beach.”
  • Tied → Tide: As in “I’m tide up at the moment, can someone else help?” and “Yep, they tide the knot!”
  • Other → Otter: As in “It was just the otter day.”
  • Flow: As in “The conversation was flowing quite nicely for a while.” and “The rhythm and flow are just perfect.”
  • Seizure → Seazure: As in “If I read one more water pun I’m going to have a seazure.”
  • App* → Carpp*: If a word starts with “app” you can replace it with “carpp” to create a really bad pun on the freshwater fish. Examples include: carppear (appear), carpproach (approach), carpply (apply). You can find more “app*” words in this list.
  • Stream: As in “I’m streaming a video.” and “I can’t stream because my connection is too slow.”
  • You’re in → Urine: As in “Urine for a treat!” and “Urine for a fleecing!”
  • Wait → Wet: As in “I’ll just wet here.” and “We were wetting for a gap.”
  • Ponder: As in “I love to just sit and ponder the meaning of life.” And some similar ones: pondtificate (pontificate) pondtoon (pontoon), ponderously.
  • Waded: Along with walking through water, this can mean to “read laboriously through a long piece of writing”, so a water pun could be by using it with this definition: “Wading through your last comment was difficult.” It could also just be used in place of “walk”.
  • Wish → Fish: As in “I just fish we had more time!” and “If you rub the lamp you get three fishes“.
  • Tad → Shad: A “shad” is a common herring-like fish which lives in the sea and breeds in rivers.
  • Bubbly: “bubbly” has a “this water is bubbly” sense and a “he has a really bubbly personality” sense.
  • Boy → Buoy: As in “It’s a buoy!” and “His buoyfriend is a great person”.
  • Issue → Fishue: As in “That’s not the fishue here though.” and “I was fishued a sign for parking without a ticket”.
  • *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.
  • *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”.
  • *pear → *peir: As in “Then all of a sudden she dissapeired!” and “After appeiring to check his watch, he quickly ran away.” and “Don’t you think speir fishing is cruel?”.
  • ?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).
  • Kid* → Squid*: The prefix “kid” can be replaced with “squid” as follows: squidding (kidding), squidnapped (kidnapped), squidney (kidney), squid (kid).
  • Wail → Whale: As in “Poor thing, he’s been whaling over his grandmother who recently passed.” and “A good whale can help one overcome grief”.
  • El* → Eel*: A word that starts with “el” can often be an eel pun: eelection (election), eelse (else), eelement (element), eelectricity, eeliminate, eelite, eelephant, eelectron, eeleven, eelegant, eeligible, eelderly, eelicit, eelated, eelusive, eeligibility, eelapse, eelevator, eelbow, eelastic, eeloquent, eelipse.
  • Defin* → Dolphin: As in “We dolphinitely need more time to finish the mission.” and “What is the dolphinition of this word?” and “Please dolphine this word.” and “It’s the dolphinitive source of Nordic history.”
  • *tual* → *shoal*: A “shoal” can refer to a large group of fish, or an area of shallow water, or an underwater sand bank. If a word contains “tual” it can often be replaced with “shoal” for a cute little pun: actshoal (actual), actshoality (actuality), intellectshoal (intellectual), ritshoal (ritual), spiritshoal, mutshoally, eventshoal, eventshoally, conceptshoal, conceptshoalise, virtshoal, contractshoal, factshoal, factshoally, perpetshoal, textshoal, contextshoal, perceptshoal, punctshoal, instinctshoal, actshoally, habitshoally.
  • Should* → Shoald*: As mentioned above, a “shoal” can refer to a large group of fish, or an area of shallow water, or an underwater sand bank. We can use “shoal” be used to make puns like: shoald (should), shoalder (shoulder), shoaldering.
  • Bas* → Bass*: If a word begins with “bas” it can be replaced with “bass”, the name of a common European freshwater perch: bassically, basskets, basstard, bassic, basshful, bassin.
  • *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.
  • Se* → Sea*: Some words that start with just “se” also have a “sea”-ish sound: seacret, searious, seargeant, seacretion, seacure, seacurity, seacondary, seacretariat, seaconds, seacrete, searum, searenity, searvitude.
  • Sea*: Most words starting with “sea” are easy sea puns: season, seasonal, seated, searingly, sealants, seam.
  • 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).
  • Sealant / Sealing / Seal: Easy seal puns can be made with words starting with “seal” (e.g. sealant, seal) or “ceil” (e.g. sealing).
  • Or* → Oar*: If a word starts with “or” it can be replaced with “oar” for a neat little boat pun. Some examples: oarganisation, oariginally, oarange, oarchestra, oargan, oarbit, oarnament, oarthodoxy, oariental, oarnaments, oarchid, oardering.
  • 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”.
  • Or → Oar: As in “Let’s go oar we’ll be late!” and “Should we swim oar keep sunbaking?”.
  • Crappy → Crappie: A “crappie” is a North American freshwater fish. “Crappy” is used to describe something or poor quality.
  • Purpose → Porpoise: As in “I didn’t do it on porpoise!” and “What is the porpoise of this?”
  • *sib* → *ship*: If a word contains “sib” it can usually be replaced with “ship” to create a terrible pun. For example: posshiply (possibly), accesshipility (accessibility), incomprehenshiple, feashipble, irresponshipble, invishipble, ostenshipbly, revershipble, vishipble. An example sentence might be: “I am responshiple for my puns.”
  • Someone → Salmon: As in “Will salmon please help me?” and “Salmon’s at the door”.
  • Opportunity → Op-perch-tuna-ty: As in “I’m glad I got an op-perch-tuna-ty to say this pun.”
  • Well: The word “well” can mean “in a good or satisfactory way” and also “a shaft dug into the ground to extract water, oil, etc.”, so it’s a simple pun. An example sentence: “Very well, I’ll stop making water puns now.”
  • Well/Welcome → Whale/Whalecome: As in “Whalecome to our home!” and “Whale, whale, whale, what do we have here?”.  Whale puns can be made with many more words like welfare (whalefare), welsh (whalesh) and wellness (whaleness). Check out the entry on whale puns for more.
  • Row/Roe: “Row” as in “row your boat” and “roe” as in fish or shellfish eggs, are two words that can be inserted into many other words: roetine/rowtine (routine), rowmans/roemans (romans), rowtation/roetation (rotation), rowd/roed (rowed), rowse (rose), rowl (roll), rowp, rowmantic, rowbust, rowbot, rowgue, roest. Check out the boat puns entry for more.
  • Kil* → Krill*: Kill, kilogram, killer, killing, kilowatt are all words that can be punned with “krill” (the microscopic shrimp-like ocean critters). For example: “I just bought a krillogram of tofu” and “Krilling sentient creatures is often morally wrong”
  • Combine → Combrine: As in “With our power combrined we should be able to defeat them.” and “It’s what you get when you combrine salt and water”. Similar puns can be made for most words ending in “bine”: turbrine (turbine), concubrine (concubine), columbrine (columbine).
  • *ice: Some words that end in “ice” an be very simple ice puns: price, nice, advice, device, twice, slice, rice, sacrifice, vice, suffice, mice, spice, entice, lice, splice.
  • Jus* → Juice*: As in “There can be no juicetification of this behaviour!” and “Juicet three dollars?! Is that all?” and “Juicetice has been served.” There are of course many more juice puns of this variety: juicetify, juicetifyable, injuicetice, unjuicetifyable, etc.
  • Adjust → Adjuicet: As in “There will be an adjuicetment period.” and “We need to adjuicet the course of this conversation”.
  • Court → Quart: As in “The supreme quart.” and “He’s been quarting her for months.”
  • Will → Well: As in “It’s just a lack of well power.” and “Well you marry me?” and “You well regret this.”
  • Esteem → Esteam: As in “She has great self-esteam.” and “I hold her in high esteam.”
  • Creak → Creek: As in “The stairs creeked as I walked up.”
  • Run → Rain: As in “She rains so fast!” and “He’s raining amok.”.
  • Tap: As in “Tap out! Her water puns are too good!” and “I heard a tap at the door.”
  • Lock → Loch: As in “If there’s any more water puns, I’ll loch the thread.” and “No shit, Sherloch.”
  • *lock → *loch: If a word ends in “lock”, it’s a lovely opportunity for a lake pun: bloch, cloch, floch, deadloch, padloch, hilloch, interloch, warloch, sunbloch, unbloch, hemloch.
  • Seem → Steam: As in “Things are not always as they steam.”
  • *hale → *hail: As in “Inhail deeply, then exhail slowly.”
  • Flake: As in “Yeah, I thought you might flake on me.” and “Cornflakes aren’t all that healthy.”
  • *late → *lake: Terrible lake puns can be made by replacing the “late” suffix with “lake”: calculake, stimulake, translake, contemplake, manipulake, circulake, accumulake, congratulake, congratulaketions, speculake, correlaketed (correlated), violaketed (violated), inarticulake.
  • I s* → Ice s*: Any phrase which has the word “I” and word after it which begins with “s” can be made into an ice pun. Here are a couple of examples: “Ice see dead people.” and “And ice stood there for a moment, completely stunned.” and “Ice simply have no idea.”
  • I see → Icey: As in “Icey what you did there.” and “Icey dead people.”
  • Boy l* → Boil l*: If a sentence has the word “boy” followed by a word starting with “l”, we can make a water pun. For example: “I thought a boil like you would have some manners.” and “The young boil left the room abruptly.”

Water-Related Phrases

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

  • When it rains, it pours
  • I’ll be damned
  • Drowning in sorrow
  • To dampen one’s enthusiasm/spirits
  • Break the ice
  • Watered down
  • You shore can
  • Go with the flow
  • You’re in deep water
  • Dry humour
  • Don’t piss off the alligator until you’ve crossed the river
  • Keep at bay
  • Keep the pot boiling
  • That’s water under the bridge
  • Kick up a storm
  • She’s in hot water
  • Rain on your parade
  • Off the deep end
  • Open the floodgates
  • Channel surfing
  • Run out of steam
  • The calm before the storm
  • Sleep with the fishes
  • Blow off steam
  • In hot water
  • Until hell freezes over
  • Take a raincheck
  • Skating on thin ice
  • Rubber duck
  • Trim one’s sails
  • Slippery when wet
  • Water over the dam
  • Went storming off
  • In every life a little rain must fall
  • My head is swimming
  • Pour it on thick
  • Bored to tears
  • Between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • Muddy the water
  • You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make her drink
  • Throwing out the baby with the bath water
  • As white as snow
  • As helpful as a screen door on a submarine
  • Better than a slap in the face with a wet fish
  • Mexican wave
  • A fine kettle of fish
  • A big fish in a small pond
  • Plain sailing
  • Binge drinking
  • Blood, sweat and tears
  • Behind the clouds, the sun is shining
  • Body surfing
  • Rising tide
  • Let’s cross that bridge when we come to it
  • Chasing rainbows
  • Paddle your own canoe
  • Babble like a brook
  • Laugh like a drain
  • Crocodile tears
  • Lame duck
  • Sitting duck
  • Soft drink
  • Don’t rock the boat
  • If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck…
  • If your ship doesn’t come in, you have to row out to meet it
  • Drink like a fish
  • He’s fishing for compliments
  • Hook, line and sinker
  • If today was a fish, i’d throw it back in the river
  • Lay there like a beached whale
  • Rats abandon a sinking ship
  • River of tears
  • As sharp as a sack of wet mice
  • As sharp as a wet corn flake
  • Stew in his own juice
  • She’s not the only fish in the sea
  • Still waters run deep
  • Tip of the iceberg
  • After the rain comes a rainbow
  • We might as well get our ears wet
  • Wet behind the ears
  • All’s well that ends well
  • Well’s run dry
  • Whatever floats your boat
  • Cold as ice
  • A wet bird never flies at night
  • A whale of a time
  • Cottage by the lake
  • Couldn’t punch your way out of a wet paper bag
  • Cross that bridge when we get to it
  • Cry me a river
  • Son’t give a damn
  • All in the same boat
  • Dry as a bone
  • Duck the question
  • Eat drink and be merry
  • Even at the turning of the tide
  • The tides have turned
  • Every cloud has a silver lining
  • A fish out of water
  • A drop in the ocean
  • Full steam ahead
  • Full head of steam
  • Get your ducks in a row
  • Getting soaked (as in cheated)
  • Going against the tide
  • Head in the clouds
  • That shore is (funny/sad/long/etc.)

Water-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 water-related concepts for you to use when creating your own puns:

afloat, alligator, amazon river, amphibian, aqua, aquarium, aquatic, aqueduct, aqueous, aquifer, bath, bath water, bathe, bay, beach, beverage, bilge, billabong, bird bath, boat, boating, body of water, boggy, boiling, boiling point, bottled water, bottom of the sea, brackish, breakwater, bridge, brim, brine, brook, bubble, bucket, canal, canoe, carbonated water, channel, cistern, cloud, condensation, coral, crab, creek, crocodile, crystal clear, dam, damp, dampen, deep, deep blue sea, deep water, dehydration, deluge, desalination, dew, diarrhoea, dishwasher, dissolve, distillation, distilled water, dive, diving, dock, dolphin, douse, downstream, drainage, drench, drink, drinking, drinking water, drizzle, droplet, drought, drown, dry, dryer, duck, dunk, eddy, eel, effervescent, estuary, evaporation, falls, faucet, fin, fish, fishermen, fishing, float, flood, floodwater, fluid, flush, flush toilet, fountain, freeze, freezing, freezing point, fresh water, freshwater, frog, gills, glacier, ground water, groundwater, gutter, H2O, hail, half empty, half full, hard water, heavy water, holy water, hot water, humidity, hydrant, hydrate, hydration, hydraulic, hydroelectricity, hydrogen, hydrophilic, hydrophobic, hydrosphere, hygiene, ice, iceberg, inlet, irrigate, irrigation, jellyfish, jet ski, juice, kayak, kelp, lagoon, lake, lime water, liquefied, liquid, liquid water, litre, marine, marine mammal, marsh, melt, melt water, mineral water, mist, moist, moisture, navy, nile, ocean, ocean spray, oceanic, orca, otter, patter, pee, perspiration, phlegm, piddle, pier, pint, pirate, piss, plankton, pond, pond lily, pond water, pool, pour, precipitation, puddle, pump, quart, rain, rainbow, raincoat, rainy, reeds, rinse, river, riverbed, river basin, running water, sail, saline, salinity, saliva, salt lake, saltwater, scald, scuba, sea, seaborne, seal, seasick, seawater, seaweed, seven seas, sewage reservoir, shallow, shark, ship, shipwreck, shoal, shore, shower, simmer, sink, siphon, skim, slobber, snorkel, snow, snowflake, soak, soda, sodden, soft water, solvent, sonar, sopping, splash, splashing, spring, spring water, sprinkle, squid, squirt, steam, storm, stream, string ray, submerge, submerse, sunken, surfing, swamp, swash, sweat, swell, swimmer, swimming, tadpole, tap, tap water, tear, teardrop, tidal force, tide, tidepool, toilet, torrent, torrential rainfall, umbrella, underwater, upstream, urine, vapour, wade, wash, washing, wastewater, water bomb, water buffalo, water cycle, water filter, water fowl, water gun, water park, water pipe, water polo, water skiing, water slide, water soluble, water spout, water supply, water tank, water tight, water treatment, water works, waterboard, watercolour, watercourse, waterfall, watering hole, waterlogged, watermark, waterway, watery, wave, well, wet, wet season, whale, whirlpool, wring out, trout, turtle, sea turtle, tortoise, wetland, loch, fish pond, catfish, tuna, mud, blowfish, bydrobiology, marine biologist, catchment, crayfish, lobster, reef, moat, sea life, swan, seagull, sturgeon, open water, paddle, watermelon, conductive, spurt

Water Jokes

If you’re looking for some very corny water jokes, you’ve come to the right place. All of these one-liner-style water jokes use puns in their punchline (whether homophonic, homographic, or based on a slang phrase or cliche).

  • What do you call a duck that refuses to go in the water? – A chicken!
  • What keeps a dock floating above water? – Pier pressure!
  • Did you hear the watermelon joke? – It’s pitiful.
  • Is it dangerous to swim on a full stomach? – No, it’s just more fun in water.
  • Why is the letter T like an island? – Because its in the middle of water!
  • What do you call a guy with no arms or legs floating in the water? – Bob
  • Why is it bad to joke about boiling water? – Because it gets all steamy.
  • How do you make holy water? – You boil the hell out of it!
  • How does Moses make his tea?  – Hebews it.
  • Why do seals swim in salt water? – Because pepper water makes them sneeze!
  • What eight letters can you find in water from the Arctic Ocean? – H to O
  • What vegetable is forbidden on all ship? – Leeks!
  • What did the trout say when it swam into a concrete wall? – Dam!
  • What type of specialist can carry out operations underwater? – Sturgeon
  • Where do fish wash? – In a river basin!
  • Where do fish keep their money? – In river banks.
  • What do you call the small tributaries of the main river in Cairo? – Juveniles
  • Why didn’t the hipster swim in the river? – It was too mainstream.
  • What happened when the scientist tried to capture some fog? – She mist!
  • Why did the student study hydrology? – Because she had a great thirst for knowledge.
  • Who is the world’s greatest underwater spy? – Pond. James Pond.
  • All the toilets in New York’s police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.
  • Why is tea so therapeutic? – Because boiling the water raises your self of steam.

Water Pun Images

Below is a collection of water-related visual puns and meme-type images. If you’ve created your own visual water puns or found one that we’ve missed, please post us a link in the comments section 🙂

Water Pun Conversations & Battles

Here’s a small selection of conversations and threads where water was the general topic of word play. Some of the comments may lead toward ocean puns, but in general the pun battles/conversations stay close to the water theme. If you’ve found any threads or messenger/iPhone screenshots that are water-themed but aren’t included here, please post a comment at the bottom of the page!

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