Dinosaur Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on dinosaur puns! 🐲 This entry is a work-in-progress, so please help us out by submitting new puns at the bottom of the page. There’s currently a few puns based around “saurus”, a couple of t-rex puns and a smattering of puns on other dinosaur species and related concepts. Enjoy! 🙂

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

  • Saw us → Saurus: Many dinosaur names end in “saurus” (meaning “lizard”). If you can find some way to slip “saw us” into your sentence, but replace it with “saurus”, you’ve got yourself a corny little dinosaur pun: “Do you think he saurus?”
  • Saw → Saur: Groups of related dinosaurs often have collective names ending in “saur”, for example the pterasaurs were a group of flying dinosaurs, a member of which was the pterodactyl. An example: “I came, I saur, I conquered.”
  • Sore → Saur: See the above explanation. Idioms: “You’re a saur loser” and “A sight for saur eyes” and “Sticks out like a saur thumb”
  • Soar → Saur: See the explanation above.
  • Thesaurus: Simply mentioning thesaurus (with a slight emphasis on “saurus” if needed) is a staple dinosaur pun in the right context.
  • They saw us → Thesaurus: This one’s a bit of a stretch (more of a thesaurus pun), but still viable if you’re punning in writing/text: “We tried to run and hide from them, but thesaurus.”
  • Dynamite → Dinomite: As in “Napoleon Dinomite
  • Bone: The word “bone” may be a viable dinosaur pun simply because the majority of the evidence that dinosaurs have left is their fossilised bones which are often on display at museums: “A bone to pick” and “A bone of contention” and “All skin and bones” and “Bare-bones” and “As dry as a bone” and “Chilled to the bone” and “Bone dry” and “Funny bone” and “I can feel it in my bones
  • Wrecks → Rex: As in “Ship rex” and “Train rex” and “Nervous rex
  • Wreck → Rex: As in “Check yo’self before you rex yo’self”
  • Treks → T-rex: As in “He takes people on t-rex through the jungle for a living.”
  • Forex: “Online Forex trading”
  • You’re a sick → Jurassic: As in “Jurassic puppy, James.”
  • Drastic → Jurassic: As in “Jurassic times call for Jurassic measures.”
  • Your ass I c* → Jurassic*: As in “Can I do it? You bet Jurassican.”
  • Dunno → Dino: As in “I dino whether that’s the correct answer.”
  • Footprint: Since fossilised dinosaur footprints are a well known thing (seen in museums, for example), simply slipping the word “footprint” into your sentence may be enough to make a subtle dinosaur/fossil pun.
  • *tious → *ceous: The cretaceous period started 145 million years ago and ended 79 million years later. Dinosaurs existed during this time and the majority became extinct at the end of this period due to the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event. Anyway, if you’re in the company of people who are familiar enough with geological time periods to know the term “cretaceous”, then perhaps you can switch “tious” or “cious” (when it occurs at the end of a word) with “ceous” to make a subtle dinosaur pun as follows: ambiceous, cauceous (cautious), contenceous, nutriceous, pretenceous, ficticeous, supersticeous, surrepticeous, tenaceous, flirtaceous, curvaceous. If you can somehow add “period” after these words, then they’ll work a lot better, e.g. “The flirtaceous period” and “The ambiceous period” and “The surrepticeous period
  • Ter* → Pter*: If a word starts with “ter”, replace it with “pter” or “ptero” to make a silly pterodactyl pun: pteroible (terrible), pterofied (terrified), pterorist (terrorist), pterotories (territories), pteror (terror), pterotorial (territorial).
  • Erectile → A reptile: As in “A reptile dysfunction”
  • Raw → Rawr: As in “A rawr deal” (an unfair deal)
  • Old → Prehistoric: Describe things as “prehistoric” rather than “old”.
  • Stinks → Extincts: As in “What’s that smell? It extincts!” (So corny! :P)
  • Wrapped or → Raptor: As in “Would you like it gift raptor not?”
  • Large/Huge → Mammoth: Note that dinosaurs and mammoths didn’t exist during the same period! However, since the myth runs so deep, you can probably make a dinosaur pun by describing “big” things as “mammoth” things.
  • Old person/thing → Fossil: It can, of course, be derogatory to call an old person a “fossil”, for example: “Some old fossil called the police about the noise.” So you might want to stick to referring to very old things like antiques as “fossils”.
  • Facile→ Fossil: The term “facile” means “superficial”. So a fossil puns might go: “His fossil and superficial theory about the extinction of the dinosaurs.”
  • Clause→ Claws: Many of the most well-known dinosaurs (e.g. velociraptor) are known for their claws, and so a “claw” pun may pass off as a dinosaur pun in the right context.
  • Got a dinosaur pun that we don’t? Please post it in the comments, below! 🙂

Dinosaur-Related Words

There are many more dinosaur puns to be made! Here’s a list of dinosaur-related concepts to help you come up with your own. If you come up with a new pun, please share it in the comments!

t-rex, tyrannosaurus rex, dino, fossil, bones, footprint, scary, pterodactyl, pterasaur, egg, paleontology, triceratops, sauropod, jurassic, reptile, jurassic park, velociraptor, cretaceous, triassic, extinction, extinct, brachiosaurus, prehistoric, species, meteorite, mammoth, mastodon, stegosaurus, brontosaurus, allosaurus, lizard, theropod, carnosaur, sauropod, dinosaur, hadrosaur, cretaceous, mesozoic, bony armor, crest, scales, claws, teeth, raptor, rawr

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