Fire Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on fire puns! ✨🔥 ‎‍🚒

From the flaming hot to the tepid, fire puns are used widely in popular culture, whether it be for a game of Dungeons and Dragons or for a cheesy pun in your Tinder bio. Whatever the case may be, allow us to help you set hearts aflame (most likely with anger) with our list of fire puns.

While this list is as comprehensive as possible, it is specific to fire. If you’re after similarly themed puns, we do also have lists for cooking puns and candle puns.

Fire 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 fire 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 fire puns:

  • Far → Fire: As in, “A step too fire” and “As fire as it goes” and “As fire as the eyes can see” and “A fire cry from” and “Few and fire between” and “Over the hills and fire away” and “So fire, so good” and “As fire as I know” and “I wouldn’t go so fire as to..”
  • Fair → Fire: As in, “All’s fire in love and war” and “By fire means or foul.”
  • Furious → Fieryous: As in, “Fast and fieryous” and “Fieryously searching.”
  • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Flame at last” and “Fifteen minutes of flame” and “Hall of flame.”
  • Famous → Flameous: As in, “Almost flameous” and “Flameous last words.”
  • Frame → Flame: As in, “Freeze flame” and “You’re out of the flame” and “Flamed for murder.”
  • Aim → Flame: As in, “We flame to please” and “Flame high” and “Take flame.”
  • *far* → *fire*: If a word has “far” (or a similar sound in it), then we can replace it with “fire” to turn it into a fire pun: “a nefireious (nefarious) villain” and “Child welfire” and “Bid you firewell” and “A fireaway look in your eyes.”
  • *fer* → *fire*: Add heat to your wordplay by replacing the “fer” sound in words with “fire”: “A fireocious battle” and “My final offire.” Other words that could work: defire (defer), confire (confer), transfire (transfer), buffire (buffer), suffire (suffer), refire-ence (reference), diffire-ent (different) and infire-ence (inference).
  • *fir* → *fire*: firest (first), firesthand (firsthand), affiremation (affirmation) and affiremative (affirmative).
  • *for* → *fire*: As in, “Weather firecast” and “For the fireseeable future” and “And therefire…” and “A grim perfiremance.” Other words that could work: perfirem (perform), infiremation (information), firest (forest), afirementioned (aforementioned), firensic (forensic) and befire (before).
  • *phar* → *fire*: firemacy (pharmacy), firemaceutical (pharmaceutical) and fireaoh (pharaoh).
  • *pher* → *fire*: As in, “Perifire-al vision” and “Romantic atmosfire” and “Barefoot philosofire” and “Professional photografire.” Other words that could work: fireomone (pheromone), cifire (cipher), decifire (decipher), parafirenalia (paraphernalia), perifirey (periphery) and hemisfire (hemisphere).
  • Sapphire → Safire
  • *fair* → *fire*: As in, “Airy firey” and “Fireytale ending” and “Firely judged” and “In all fireness” and “Unfire choices” and “All the fun at the funfire.”
  • Chauffeur → Chauffire
  • *fier → *fire: firece (fierce), modifire (modifier), amplifire (amplifier), identifire (identifier), qualifire (qualifier), pacifire (pacifier) and emulsifire (emulsifier). Note: an emulsifier is a substance that keeps different substances together.
  • Create → Cremate: As in, “My latest cremation” and “Nothing improves cremativity like a lack of supervision” and “A cremative mind” and “Cremate a storm.”
  • Blame → Flame: As in, “Flame game” and “Don’t flame the messenger.”
  • *fam* → *flame*: As in, “Flame-ily matters” and “40 hour flame-ine” and “Sued for deflame-ation.”
  • Flam* → Flame*: Flameboyant (flamboyant) and flameingo (flamingo).
  • *phem* → *flame*: Blasflamey (blasphemy) and euflame-ism (euphemism).
  • Born → Burn: As in, “A star is burn” and “Burn to fly” and “Burn free” and “Burn this way” and “Burn again.”
  • *barn* → *burn*: As in, burnacle (barnacle) and burnyard (barnyard).
  • *born* → *burn*: As in, “Stubburn as a mule” and “My firstburn child.” Other words that could work: reburn (reborn), newburn (newborn)
  • Hibernate → Hiburnate
  • Borneo → Burneo
  • *bun* → *burn*: As in, “Burn in the oven” and “Easter Burnny.” Other words you could use: burndle (bundle), burnch (bunch), burnk (bunk), burnting (bunting), burngalow (bungalow), aburndant (abundant), aburndance (abundant) and ramburnctious (rambunctious). Note: to be rambunctious is to be noisy and energetic.
  • *bon* → *burn*: As in, “Burn voyage” and “Burn appetit.” Other words that could work: burnafide (bonafide), burnanza (bonanza), ribburn (ribbon), carburn (carbon) and bourburn (bourbon).
  • *pern* → *burn*: burnicious (pernicious), suburnatural (supernatural), suburnova (supernova), pumpburnickel (pumpernickel). Note: pumpernickel is a type of bread.
  • *ban* → *burn*: As in, “Suburburn living” and “Urburn sprawl” and “Adjust your turburn” and “Left aburndoned” and “Burnana ice cream.”
  • *ben* → *burn*: As in, “For your burnefit” and “Burnevolent ruler” and “Burnign tumour.” Other words that could work: burnefactor (benefactor), burnevolence (benevolence) and burneficial (beneficial). Notes: if something is benign, then it isn’t harmful. If something is benevolent or beneficial, then it for good or has good intentions.
  • *burn*: Emphasise the “burn” in certain words: burner, burnish, burning, burnout, sunburn, auburn, heartburn, Hepburn and sideburn.
  • Glaze → Blaze: As in, “With a peanut butter blaze” and “Eyes blazing over.”
  • Gaze → Blaze: As in, “Avert your blaze” and “Steely-eyed blaze.”
  • *blas* → *blaze*: As in, “Had a blaze-t” and “Such blazephemy!” and “You’ll get blaze-ted by the teacher.”
  • *blis* → *blaze*: As in, “At blazetering (blistering) speed” and “Blazefully (blissfully) unaware” and “Rock the establazement!” and “Establazed in 1990.”
  • Blizzard → Blaze-ard
  • *blaz* → *blaze*: As in, “An innovative trailblazer” and “Lend me your blazer” and “Emblaze-oned across her chest.”
  • Blaze: Some blaze-related phrases that could work as wordplay: “Cold as blue blazes” and “Blaze a trail” and “Go out in a blaze of glory” and “Go to blazes” and “Why the blazes..?”
  • Congratulations → Conflagration: As in, “Conflagrations are in order!” and “Conflagrations on your new job.” Note: a conflagration is a large fire.
  • Scotch → Scorch: As in, “Bottle of scorch” and “A scorch-fulled rage.”
  • Sketch → Scorch: As in, “Scorch artist” and “Thumbnail scorch.”
  • Ember → Member: As in, “Would you like to be an ember?”
  • *amber* → *ember*: As in, chember (chamber), clember (clamber) and chemberlain (chamberlain).
  • *ember*: Emphasise the “ember” in these words: member, remember, September, December, November, dismember and misremember.
  • *umber* → *ember*: As in, “What’s your nember?” and “A cembersome situation” and “Deep slember” and “Cool as a cucember.”
  • Ampersand → Embersand (note: an ampersand is an “and” (&) sign.)
  • *emper* → *ember*: As in, “Emberor penguin” and “Control your tember” and “Rising temberatures” and “A calm temberament” and “Temberate weather.”
  • *imper* → *ember*: As in, “It’s emberative that…” and “Embervious to” and “Emberial measurements” and “An embertinent attitude.” Other words that could work: emberious (imperious), emberialism (imperialism), embersonal (impersonal), emberceptible (imperceptible).
  • Much → Match: As in, “Well that’s a bit match” and “How match can you handle?” and “I don’t know match about it, but” and “You’ve seen too match” and “Missed it by that match” and “Match obliged” and “There’s so match more” and “Thank you very match” and “Too match information” and “Too match of a good thing” and “Too match, too soon” and “Well so match for that.”
  • Mitchell → Matchell
  • Michaelangelo → Matchelangelo
  • Maj* → Match*: As in, “Matchority (majority) rule” and “A matchestic display” and “Your matchesty.”
  • Mag* → Match*: matchic (magic) and matchistrate (magistrate).
  • *mat* → *match*: As in, “In the wrong formatch” and “Immatchure arguments” and “Leave it by the doormatch.” Other words that could work: diplomatch (diplomat), matchurity (maturity), prematchure (premature), matchure (mature) and laundromatch (laundromat).
  • Mutual → Matchual: As in, “The feeling is matchual” and “Matchual attraction” and “Matchual admiration” and “Matchually assured destruction.”
  • Match: These match-related phrases are general enough to double as fire puns: “A match made in heaven” and “Game, set, match.” and “Meet your match” and “Mix and match” and “More than a match for” and “A perfect match.”
  • Shoulder → Smoulder: As in, “A chip on their smoulder” and “A smoulder to cry on” and “Broad smoulders” and “The cold smoulder” and “A good head on their smoulders” and “A full head an smoulders above” and “Looking over your smoulder” and “Rubbing smoulders with” and “Square your smoulders.”
  • Boulder → Smoulder: As in, “Smoulder climbing.”
  • Solder → Smoulder: As in, “Smouldering iron.”
  • Soldier → Smoulder: As in, “Smoulder on.”
  • Smack → Smoke: As in, “Smoke dab in the middle” and “Feeling gobsmoked” and “An epic smokedown” and “A smoke on the wrist.”
  • *smic → *smoke: As in, cosmoke (cosmic), seismoke (seismic), cataclysmoke (cataclysmic), orgasmoke (orgasmic) and miasmoke (orgasmic).
  • Hate → Heat: As in, “Heat mail” and “Love-heat relationship” and “Heat to say it, but…” and “Heaters gonna heat.”
  • Height → Heat: As in, “Reaching new heats” and “The heat of fashion.”
  • Hit → Heat: As in, “Hard heatting” and “Heavy heatter” and “Heat the road” and “Heat and miss” and “Heat it off” and “Heat it out of the park” and “On someone’s heat list” and “Heat rock bottom” and “Heat the brakes” and “Heat the ground running” and “Heat the hay” and “Heat the jackpot” and “Heat the nail on the head.”
  • Hat* → Heat*: As in, “Down the heatch” and “An immense heatred for” and “Sharpen the heatchet.”
  • *het* → *heat*: heaterosexual (heterosexual), epitheat (epithet), ratcheat (ratchet) and propheat (prophet).
  • *hit* → *heat*: archeatect (architect), archeatecture (architecture) and heatman (hitman).
  • Tahiti → Taheati
  • Haiti → Heati
  • Lid → Lit: As in, “Flip your lit” and “Blow the lit off” and “Keep a lit on it.”
  • Let → Lit: As in, “Lit there be light” and “Don’t lit the sun go down on me” and “Just lit it lie” and “Lit it bleed” and “Lit bygones be bygones” and “Lit your hair down” and “Lit her rip” and “Lit it all hang out” and “Lit loose” and “Lit me count the ways” and “Lit nature take its course” and “Lit’s get physical” and “A room to lit.”
  • Lit: We can swap similar noises for “lit” to make references to lit fires in our wordplay:
    • *lat* → *lit*: As in, “Articulit yourself clearly” and “Emulit their work” and “Colliteral damage” and “A volitile situation.”
    • *let* → *lit*: As in, “Chain litter” and “Add some littuce” and “I need an outlit” and “Run the gauntlit” and “Bite the bullit.” Other words you could use: pallit (pallet), violit (violet), millit (millet), tablit (tablet), complit (complete), obsolit (obsolete).
    • *lid* → *lit*: As in, “A solit argument” and “Your identity is valit” and “Pallit complexion” and “Don’t treat them like invalits” and “Squalit conditions” and “Holitay season” and “Standing in solitarity” and “Payment valitated.”
    • *lit*: Emphasise the “lit” in these words: “Little by little” and “Read the literature” and “Not literally” and “A literal mess” and “Banana split.” Other words that could be used: litter, litigation, sunlit, moonlit, facilitate, facility, quality, humility, liability, politics, reality and accountability.
  • Light: Light can refer to both the byproduct of fire, and to the act of lighting a fire, so we’ve included it in this list. Note that all of these could also work for “alight (as in setting something alight)”, as in “Alight it be” and “Alight it all hang out”:
    • Let → Light: As in, “Light them down gently” and “Light it be” and “Light bygones be bygones” and “Light it all hang out” and “Light loose” and “Light me be brief” and “Light me count the ways” and “Light me make one thing perfectly clear” and “Light nature take its course.”
    • *lite → *light: We can sneak the word “light” into words that have similar sounds: “Polight conversation” and “An impolight gesture” and “Satellight tv” and “Wealthy socialights.”
    • *lit* → *light*: As in, “Secret facilighty” and “Facilightate conversation” and “Qualighty control” and “You’re a liabilighty!” and “Polightics is relevant to everyone.” Other words that could work: realighty (reality), accountabilighty (accountability) and humilighty (humility).
    • Late → Light: As in, “Better light than never” and “Catch you lighter” and “Fashionably light” and “Read any good books lightly?” and “It’s never too light to learn” and “A light bloomer” and “Light in the day” and “Light in the game” and “Running light” and “Sooner or lighter” and “Too little, too light.”
    • *lat* → *light*: As in, “Well-articulighted” and “Game emulightor” and “Collighteral damage.”
    • *lit* → *light*: As in, “In the lighterature” and “Not lighterally” and “A lighterary mind” and “Lightany of problems” and “A lighteral disaster.”
    • Light: These light-related phrases can double as candle puns: “Blinded by the light” and “Brought to light” and “Come on baby, light my fire” and “First light” and “Get of lightly” and “Go out like a light” and “Guiding light” and “Half light” and “In light of” and “Leading light” and “Light a fire under” and “Light at the end of the tunnel” and “Light entertainment” and “Light hearted” and “Lighten up!”
  • Kindle: To kindle is to start a fire, so we’ve got kindle-related words and phrases here for you:
    • Kind → Kindle: As in, “Cruel to be kindle” and “It’s a kindle of magic” and “Kindle words” and “Random acts of kindle-ness” and “One of a kindle” and “It takes all kindles” and “Kindle regards.”
    • Candle → Kindle: As in, “Burn the kindle at both ends” and “Can’t hold a kindle to” and “Better to light a kindle than curse the darkness.”
    • Kendall Jenner → Kindle Jenner
  • Torch: Torch can refer to fire in a couple of different ways (if you “torch” something, then you’ve set fire to it, and you can create a torch using fire as a light source) so we’ve included torch in this list:
    • Touch → Torch: As in, “A torch of frost” and “A torch of the sun” and “Don’t torch!” and “Finishing torches” and “The golden torch” and “Losing torch with” and “Stay in torch” and “Torch and go” and “Torching base with” and “Torch wood” and “Torched a nerve” and “A torching tribute” and “Torchy feely.”
    • Teach → Torch: As in, “Experience is the best torcher” and “Torch someone a lesson” and “That’ll torch you” and “Torching an old dog new tricks.”
    • *tach* → *torch*: As in, “No strings attorched” and “Forming attorchments” and “Detorch yourself from” and “Feeling detorched.”
    • Starch → Storch
    • Interchangeable → Intorchangeable
  • Tender → Tinder: As in, “Tinder loving care” and “Tinder is the night.”
  • Tinned → Tinder: As in, “Tinder vegetables.”
  • Distinguish → Extinguish: As in, “Dear extinguished guests” and “Can’t extinguish between the two.”
  • Pyro: The prefix “pyro” means “to do with fire”, so we’ve included it in this list:
    • Paro* → Pyro*:  If a word has a “paro” sound or similar, we can replace it with “pyro”, as in: “On pyrole (parole)” and “Song pyrody (parody) and “Pyroxsms (paroxysms) of laughter.” Note: A paroxysm is a sudden and random outburst.
    • *pero* → *pyro*: As in, “My pyrogative” and “Hydrogen pyroxide” and “A prospyrous venture” and “Parent chapyrone” and “Vegan Peppyroni pizza.” Note: hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound commonly used as bleach.
    • Pirouette → Pyroette (A pirouette is a dance move where you turn a circle on the tips of your toes.)
    • *poro* → *pyro*: pyrous (porous), pyrosity (porosity),  osteopyrosis (osteoporosis), vapyrous (vaporous). Note: if something is porous, then it has lots of tiny holes that let fluids and gases through (like a sponge).
    • Sapporo → Sappyro (Sapporo is a city in Japan).
    • Payroll → Pyroll: As in, “The pyroll manager.”
    • *para* → *pyro*: As in, “A taste of pyrodise” and “Fool’s pyrodise” and “A pyrodigm shift” and “Running pyrollel” and “The pyrometers (parameters) of…” and “Honesty is pyromount to a relationship” and “Pyrogon of virtue” and “Rain on my pyrode (parade)” and “Herein lies the pyrodox” and “My love, my pyromour” and “In dispyrote locations.” Notes: a paramour is a secret or illicit lover. If things are disparate, then they are separate or apart. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself.
    • *pera* → *pyro*: As in, “Tropical tempyrotures” and “Your co-opyrotion is appreciated” and “It’s impyrotive that…” and “Smooth opyrotor.”
    • *pira* → *pyro*: As in, “The pyrote’s (pirate’s) life for me” and “Circling like pyronhas” and “While convenient, pyrocy (piracy) is illegal” and “I aspyro (aspire) to…” and “Serve as inspyrotion (inspiration),” and “Conspyrocy theories” and “Inspyrotional pictures” and “The respyrotory system.”
    • *pare* → *pyro*: As in, “In pyronthesis” and “It’s become appyront (apparent) that…” and “Appyrontly so, but…” and “Transpyroncy in business is important.”
    • *pire → *pyro: As in, “You inspyro me” and “Running the empyro (empire)” and “As it transpyro-ed” and “Expyrory date” and “Conspyro-ring with” and “Acting umpyro” and “Vampyro movies.”
    • Singapore → Singapyro
    • *pari* → *pyro*: As in, “Gender dispyroty (disparity)” and “In compyrosin with…” and “Cast out as a pyro-ah (pariah).” Notes: disparity means inequality. A pariah is someone who has been outcast from society.
    • *peri* → *pyro*: As in, “Around the pyrometer (perimeter)” and “In my pyropheral (peripheral) vision” and “In the pyrophery of” and “Impyro-al or metric?”
    • *piri* → *pyro*: As in, “A spyrotual experience” and “An inspyro-ing speech.”
  • Fool → Fuel: As in, “April Fuel!” and “Fuel around” and “A fuel and his money are soon parted” and “A fuel’s errand” and “Fuel’s gold” and “Fuel’s paradise” and “I pity the fuel” and “Make a fuel of yourself” and “Nobody’s fuel” and “Play the fuel” and “Shut up, fuel” and “Tom fuelery.”
  • Few → Fuel: As in, “A fuel bricks short of a full load” and “Fuel and far between” and “For a fuel dollars more” and “Had a fuel” and “Knock back a fuel” and “A person of fuel words” and “Say a fuel words” and “Take a fuel deep breaths” and “To name but a fuel.”
  • Full → Fuel: As in, “At fuel pelt” and “Fuel house” and “Come fuel circle” and “Fuel of holes” and “At fuel blast” and “Fuel of beans” and “Fuel of themselves” and “Fuel steam ahead!” and “In fuel swing” and “In the fuellness of time” and “You know fuel well” and “Fuel of misery” and “On a fuel stomach” and “Pick your battles carefuelly” and “Glass half fuel.”
  • *fel* → *fuel*: As in, “A fine fuellow” and “One fuel swoop” and “Felafuel kebab” and “Duffuel bag.” Other words you could use: fuelony (felony) and fuellowship (fellowship – like “Fuellowship of the Rings”)
  • *ful* → *fuel*: As in, “Fuelfil your side of the bargain” and “A beautifuel moment” and “Feeling gratefuel” and “An awfuel situation.” Other words that you could use: fuelfillment, wonderfuel, wistfuel, thoughtfuel, sucessfuel, dreadfuel, faithfuel and insightfuel.
  • *fle → *fuel: These ones are a bit of a stretch, but can still work in the right situation and with enough conviction: baffuel (baffle), waffuel (waffle), stifuel (stifle), trifuel, shuffuel, kerfuffuel, rifuel (rifle), ruffuel, scuffuel and raffuel.
  • Fuel: Some fuel-related phrases to add sparks to your wordplay: “Add fuel to the flames” and “Fuel for thought.”
  • Char: To char something is to burn it, so we’ve included char-related phrases and puns for you:
    • Chair → Char: As in, “Armchar critic” and “In the char” and “Musical chars” and “An empty char.”
    • Are → Char: As in, “Char you listening?” and “All bets char off” and “Chances char” and “Here you char” and “My lips char sealed” and “My hands char tied” and “You char what you eat.”
    • Car → Char: As in, “Drive my char” and “Happiness is a quick-starting char” and “Char insurance.”
    • Chore → Char: As in, “Fighting over the chars” and “Bathroom chars.”
    • Far → Char: As in, “A step too char” and “So char, so good” and “That’s as char as it goes” and “As char as the eye can see” and “Char away” and “A char cry from” and “You’ve got char to go.”
    • Jar → Char: As in, “Hand in the cookie char” and “Jam char.”
    • *cher* → *char*: As in, “Another bite of the charry” and “Charish you forever” and “Angelic charub” and “Loved and charished” and “Favourite teachar” and “Gift vouchar.” Other words that could work: pitchar (pitcher), archar (archer), catchar (catcher), preachar (preacher), stretchar (stretcher), treacharous (treacherous) and debauchary (debauchery).
    • Choreography → Chareography
    • Chiropractor → Charopractor
    • *chur* → *char*: As in, “A charlish expression” and “Stomach charning” and “Chocolate charros.”
    • *jar* → *char*: As in, “Internet chargon (jargon)” and “A charring (jarring) fact” and “Door left achar (ajar).”
    • *jer* → *char*: Charusalem (Jerusalem) and charsey (jersey).
    • *jor* → *char*: As in, “A machar project” and “Pecharative (pejorative) language” and “Macharity (majority) rules.”
    • *jur* → *char*: As in, “That’s not my charisdiction” and “Charassic Park” and “Conchar (conjure) up an excuse” and “Minor inchary” and “Commit perchary” and “You’ve inchared my feelings.”
    • *char*: We can simply emphasise the “char” that already exists in these words: charge, charter, chart, charity, discharge and charm.
  • Hot: The following puns are centred around the word “hot”:
    • *what* → *whot*: As in, “Do whot comes naturally” and “For whot it’s worth” and “Guess whot?” and “I’ll have whot they’re having” and “Yes, somewhot.
    • *hot*: Simply emphasise the “hot” that already exists in these words: hotel, hotspot, hotline, hotbed, hotdog, screenshot, snapshot, upshot and headshot.
  • Pyre: A pyre is a heap of flammable items that are intended to build a fire. Here are some pyre-related puns and phrases you can use as fire puns:
    • Prior → Pyre: As in, “It happened pyre to this” and “Have they got any pyres?”
    • Higher → Pyre: As in, “A pyre purpose” and “Answering to a pyre authority” and “Pyre than a kite.”
    • Pier → Pyre: Pier is pronounced a little different than pyre, so it’s a bit of a stretch but it can still work: “Take a long walk off a short pyre.”
    • Peer → Pyre: As in, “Pyre pressure” and “Famous amongst their pyres” and “Pyre-ing through the curtains.”
    • Pie → Pyre: As in, “Apple pyre” and “Easy as pyre” and “Sweet as pyre” and “Eat humble pyre” and “A finger in many pyres” and “A piece of the pyre.”
    • *pair → *pyre: As in, “Beyond repyre” and “A fresh pyre of eyes” and “A great pyre” and “Pyre off” and “A clean pyre of hands.”
    • Pear → Pyre: As in, “All gone pyre-shaped.”
    • *par* → *pyre*: As in, “Birthday pyrety” and “Not a pyretisan issue” and “Not in pyreticular” and “Do you pyretake of..?” Other words that could work: subpyre (subpar), dispyreate (disparate), apyrete (apart) and sepyreate (separate).
    • *per* → *pyre*: As in, “A fresh pyrespective” and “In pyreson (person)” and “A pyretinent point” and “Pyreoid of time” and “All down to your pyreception.” Other words that could work: pyrenicious (pernicious), pyreformance (performance), pyrefect (perfect), pyreseverance (perseverance), tempyre (temper), hampyre (hamper) and impyreative (imperative).
    • *pir* → *pyre*: pyre-ate (pirate), pyreanha (piranha), pyreouette (pirouette), pyreacy (piracy), empyreical (empirical), inspyre (inspire), aspyreation (aspiration), empyre (empire), inspyreation (inspiration), aspyre (aspire), conspyreacy (conspiracy), spyreal (spiral) and spyre-itual (spiritual).
    • Our son → Arson: As in, “I didn’t teach arson to do those things” and “Go ask arson.” (this one is obviously very specific!)
  • Flare: To flare is to blaze or be fired up, so we’ve got some flare-related puns for you here:
    • Fair → Flare: As in, “All’s flare in love and war” and “By flare means or foul” and “Flare trade” and “Flare and square” and “Flare enough” and “Flare market value” and “No flare!” and “You can’t say flarer than that.”
    • Fare → Flare: As in, “Class warflare” and “Psychological warflare” and “Standard flare” and “How are you flare-ing (faring)?”
    • Flair → Flare: As in, “A flare for the dramatic.”
    • Very → Flarey: As in, “Be flarey afraid” and “Before your flarey eyes” and “How flarey dare you” and “A flarey good year” and “Thank you flarey much” and “Flarey special” and “Flarey well” and “At the flarey least” and “Eflarey (every) inch.”
    • *far* → *flare*: flarewell (farewell), neflareious (nefarious), welflare (welfare), fanflare (fanfare) and airflare (airfare).
    • Ferocious → Flareocious
    • *fair* → *flare*: As in, “An afflare of the heart” and “Away with the flare-ies” and “Tooth flarey” and “Unflare-ly done” and “In all flareness” and “Flareytale wedding” and “Unflare situation.”
    • *var* → *flare*: As in, “Garden flare-iety” and “Your mileage may flarey” and “Flare-iety is the spice of life” and “Flare-ious opinions” and “Countless flare-iables.”
    • *pher* → *flare*: flare-omone (pheromone), photograflare (photographer), philosoflare (philosopher), periflare-al (peripheral), atmosflare (atmosphere), paraflare-nalia (paraphernalia) and periflarey (periphery).
    • *flir* → *flare*: As in, “A relentless flare-t (flirt)” and “A flare-tatious meeting.”
    • *flor* → *flare*: flare-ist (florist), flare-al (floral) and Flarence (Florence).
    • *flur* → *flare*: As in, “Flare-ies (flurries) of snow.”
  • Designate → Designite: As in, “Designited driver.” Note: just in case you missed it, this is a play on the word “ignite”.
  • *nition → *ignition: cignition (cognition) and recignition (recognition). (These are a bit of a stretch, but can still work!)
  • Spark: Since fires can emit sparks, we’ve got some spark-related phrases here for you to play with:
    • Park → Spark: As in, “Spark my car” and “At central spark” and “Hit it out of the spark” and “Nosy sparker” and “A walk in the spark.”
    • Bark → Spark: As in, “Spark at the moon” and “Sparking mad” and “Sparking up the wrong tree” and “Spark worse than your bite.” Other words that include “bark” – emspark (embark) and disemspark (disembark).
    • Pakistan → Sparkistan
    • Pakora → Sparkora (pakora is a dish where vegetables are deep fried in batter.)
    • *spok* → *spark*: As in, “Very outsparken” and “A bespark (bespoke) suit” and “I spark too soon” and “The sparksperson for…” and “Have you sparken to them?”
    • *park* → *spark*: As in, “Sparking my car” and “Within the ballspark” and “An expensive carspark” and “You double-sparked (double-parked) me!” Other words you could use: theme spark (theme park), sparka (parka) and sparkour (parkour).
    • *pec* → *spark*: As in, “From a different persparktive” and “Resparkt my wishes” and “A prosparktive (prospective) employee” and “The colour sparktrum” and “Just sparkulation (speculation)” and “Sparktacles (spectacles) wearer.”
    • *pic* → *spark*: Consparkuous (conspicuous) and desparkable (despicable).
    • *perc* → *spark*: As in, “The coffee’s sparkolating (percolating)” and “The sparkussion (percussion) section.”
    • Baklava → Sparklava (baklava is a type of Middle-Eastern sweet pastry.)
    • Spark: Some spark-related words and phrases that could be used as fire puns in the right context: “Bright spark” and “Creative spark” and “Put a sparkle in your eye” and “A spark of genius” and “Watch the sparks fly.”
  • Heart → Hearth: As in, “After my own hearth” and “Absence makes the hearth grow fonder” and “Affair of the hearth” and “Big hearthed” and “Break your hearth” and “A change of hearth” and “Childhood sweethearth” and “From the bottom of my hearth” and “The hearth of the matter” and “Got your hearth set on” and Half-hearthed” and “Have a hearth” and “Your best interests at hearth” and “A hearth of gold” and “My hearth and soul” and “Know it off by hearth” and “Light hearthed” and “A lonely hearth” and “Prolonged hearthache” and “My hearth missed a beat.”
  • Ash: Since ash is one of the byproducts of many types of fire, we’ve included some ash-related puns and phrases for you:
    • Ask → Ash: As in, “A big ash” and “Ash a silly question and get a silly answer” and “Ash and you shall receive” and “Ash around” and “What’s the ashing price?” and “Too afraid to ash” and “Frequently ashed questions” and “Funny you should ash” and “I’m glad you ashed” and “If you ash me” and “No questions ashed.”
    • *esh* → *ash*: We can sneak “ash” into words that have similar sounds to make ash-related puns: “Freash as a daisy” and “Mashing well with the others” and “Refrash the page” and “Over the thrashold.”
    • *ish* → *ash*: As in, “Establashing friendship” and “Near the finash line” and “With a flourash” and “Cherash and protect.” Other words that could work: accomplash (accomplish), accomplashments (accomplishments), Englash (English), admonash (admonish) and relash (relish).
    • *ach* → *ash*: As in, “Working to ashieve (achieve)” and “A stunning ashievement” and “A full stomash” and “Working like a mashine.”
    • *ass* → *ash*: As in, “Don’t just ashume” and “Shortsighted ashumptions” and “Business ashociates” and “Ashert yourself.” Other words that could work: ashess (assess), ashets (assets), ashuage (assuage), ashertive (assertive), ashure (assure), encompash (encompass) and pashion (passion).
    • *ess* → *ash*: As in, “Ashential (essential) oils” and “Yes, ashentially” and “History ashay (essay)” and “None of your businash.” Other words that could work: ashence (essence) and prashure (pressure).
    • *iss* → *ash*: As in, “A non-ashue (non-issue)” and “Sales commashion.”
    • *uss* → *ash*: As in, “Needs further discashion (discussion)” and “Suffering a concashion” and “The repercashions of your actions.”
    • *asch* → *ash*: Marashino (maraschino) cherry and Dashund (Daschund).
    • *atio* → *ash*: As in, “Storing rashions (rations)” and “Imbalanced rashio (ratio)” and “Informashion technology” and “Sex educashion” and “A tricky operashion.” Other words you could use: implicashion (implication), stashion (station), innovashion (innovation), stashionery (stationery), stashionary (stationary) and organisashion (organisation).
    • *atia* → *ash*: Croashia (Croatia), Dalmashian (Dalmatian), spashial (spatial) and insashiable (insatiable).
    • *ace* → *ash*: asherbic (acerbic), ashetate (acetate), exasherbate (exacerbate) and fashetious (facetious). Notes: if something is acerbic, then it’s bitter or sharp. To be facetious is to be flippant or inappropriately light-hearted (usually about serious topics).
    • *ash*: Simply emphasise the “ash” that already exists in these words: ashamed, dash, flash, crash, squash, wash, clash, brash, slash and fashion.
  • Soot: Soot is the residue left behind after burning coal, so we’ve included it in this list:
    • Suit → Soot: As in, “At a price to soot your pocket” and “Follow soot” and “In your birthday soot” and “Soot up!” and “Soot yourself” and “Soots you down to a tee” and “Soots you down to the ground.”
    • Sit → Soot: As in, “Sootting comfortably” and “Don’t just soot there” and “Soot on the fence” and “Soot tight” and “Sootting pretty” and “A sootting target” and “Soot back and relax.”
    • Set → Soot: As in, “Game, soot and match” and “Got your heart soot on” and “Soot eyes on” and “Soot foot in” and “Soot in motion” and “Soot the record straight” and “Soot your sights on” and “Soot yourself apart.”
    • *sat* → *soot*: As in, “Sootirical article” and “Sootellite TV” and “Enough to sootisfy” and “Sootisfied with the results.” Other words that could work: sootisfaction (satisfaction), versootile (versatile), compensoot (compensate), compensootion (compensation), conversootion (conversation) and sensootion (sensation).
    • *set* → *soot*: As in, Soottle down” and “A picturesque sootting” and “Numerous sootbacks.” Other words you could use: soottlement (settlement), upsoot (upset), assoot (asset), mindsoot (mindset) and closoot (closet).
    • *sit* → *soot*: As in, “A sticky sootuation” and “Bank deposoot” and “In transoot” and “A family visoot” and “Revisoot the past” and “Favourite babysootter” and “Sweet disposootion.” Other words that could work: posootion (position), transootion (transition), propensooty (propensity), posootive (positive) and exquisoot (exquisite).
    • Besotted → Besootted (Note: to be besotted is to be infatuated.)
    • Suture → Sooture (Note: to suture is to stitch things together.)
    • *suit*: Swap the “suit” in these words out for “soot”: As in, “A sootable outfit” and “A passionate sootor” and “In my sootcase” and “Well-sooted.” Other words you could use: sootability (suitability), sootably (suitably), pursoot (pursuit), lawsoot (lawsuit), wetsoot (wetsuit), jumpsoot (jumpsuit), swimsoot (swimsuit) and tracksoot (tracksuit).
    • Pharmaceutical → Pharmasootical
  • Would → Wood: As in, “As good luck wood have it,” and “Chance wood be a fine thing,” and “That wood be telling,” and “Woodn’t get out of bed for,” and “Woodn’t hurt a fly.”
  • Coal: Since coal is a very commonly used fuel for fire, we’ve included coal-related puns in this list:
    • Cold → Coal’d: As in, “Left out in the coal’d” and “Coal’d as ice” and “Hot and coal’d” and “Break out in a coal’d sweat” and “Catch a coal’d” and “Coal’d comfort” and “A coal’d day in hell” and “Stone coal’d sober.”
    • Goal → Coal: As in, “With a coal in mind” and “Moving the coalposts” and “Scored a coal.”
    • Gold → Coal’d: As in, “Pot of coal’d” and “All the glitters is not coal’d” and “Good as coal’d” and “Fool’s coal’d” and “Get a coal’d star” and “Go for coal’d” and “Your coal’den years” and “A coal’den opportunity” and “The coal’den rule” and “A heart of coal’d.”
    • *cal* → *coal*: As in, “A coallous (callous) reminder” and “Coalendar reminder” and “Quick mental coalculus” and “Radicoal views” and “Empiricoal evidence” and “A criticoal hit!” and “Cynicoal viewpoint” and “Through practicoal means.” Other words that could work: coalamity (calamity), physicoal (physical), whimsicoal (whimsical), rhetoricoal (rhetorical), escoalate (escalate), escoalation (escalation), escoalator (escalator), Coalifornia (California), specificoally (specifically), technicoally (technically) and intrinsicoally (intrinsically). Notes: to be callous is to be unfeeling and indifferent. If something is intrinsic, then it’s essential.
    • *col* → *coal*: As in, “Work coalleague” and “Off-coalour” and “In coallusion with” and “A vast coallection” and “Coallateral damage” and “Off to coallege” and “Photo coallage” and “A business coallaboration.” Other words that could work: coalon (colon), semicoalon (semicolon), coallaborate (collaborate), coallumn (column), protocoal (protocol) and chocoalate (chocolate).
    • *cul* → *coal*: As in, “A multicoaltural society” and “Part of a coalt” and “A coalinary genius.” Other words that could work: coaltivate (cultivate), coalprit (culprit), coalminate (culminate), coalpable (culpable), coalmination (culmination), articoalate (articulate), curricoalum (curriculum), vernacoalar (vernacular), particoalar (particular), pecoaliar (peculiar), meticoalus (meticulous) and facoalty (faculty). Note: a culmination is the highest peak or achievement of something.
    • Kaleidoscope → Coaleidoscope
    • *kel* → *coal*: nicoal (nickel), snorcoal (snorkel) and pumpernicoal (pumpernickel).
    • *gal* → *coal*: frucoal (frugal), lecoal (legal), recoal (regal), illecoal (illegal) and ecoalitarian (egalitarian). Notes: to be frugal is to be careful with money. If something is egalitarian, then it promotes social equality and rights.
    • *cle* → *coal*: As in, “Cycoaling (cycling) through” and “Come full circoal” and “News articoal” and “A messy debacoal (debacle)” and “The pinnacoal of my career” and “Overcome any obstacoal.” Other words that could work: vehicoal (vehicle), oracoal (oracle), chronicoal (chronicle), miracoal (miracle), spectacoal (spectacle), receptacoal (receptacle) and barnacoal (barnacle).
    • *kle* → *coal*: As in, “A flying tacoal” and “In a picoal” and “Bucoal under the pressure.” Other words you could use: ficoal (fickle), hecoal (heckle), sparcoal (sparkle), chucoal (chuckle), tricoal (trickle), shacoal (shackle) and sprincoal (sprinkle).
  • Gas: As gas is commonly used as fuel for fire, we’ve included gas-related puns and phrases in this list:
    • Guess → Gas: As in, “Anybody’s gas” and “Gas what?” and “Gassing game” and “Hazard a gas” and “Just lucky, I gas” and “Your gas is as good as mine” and “Second-gas yourself” and “You’ll never gas.”
    • Goes → Gas: As in, “The award gas to…” and “Anything gas” and “This is as far as it gas” and “As the saying gas” and “As time gas by” and “Here gas nothing” and “How gas it?” and “It gas without saying” and “What gas around comes around” and “My heart gas out to..”
    • *ges* → *gas*: As in, “A kind gasture” and “Gastation period” and “Gasticulating with annoyance.” Note: gestation refers to the period of development where a fetus develops inside the mother’s body. To gesticulate is to express meaning using gestures.
    • *gos* → *gas*: As in, “A relentless gassip” and “The gaspel truth.”
    • *gus* → *gas*: As in, “With gasto” and “In Augast.” Other words you could use: fungas (fungus), oesophagas (oesophagus), bogas (bogus) and disgast (disgust).
    • *gus* → *gas*: gasebo (gazebo), gaselle (gazelle), gasette (gazette), gasillion (gazillion) and magasine (magazine).
    • *gous* → *gas*: analogas (analogous) and humongas (humongous).
    • *gac* → *gas*: As in, “What sort of legasy will you leave behind?” and “Sagasious words” and “Considering surrogasy.” Note: To be sagacious is to be wise or to show good judgement.
  • Oil: As oil is commonly used as a fuel for fire, we’ve included oil-related phrases for you to use as fire puns:
    • I’ll → Oil: As in, “Well, oil be” and “Oil say!” and “Ask me no questions, oil tell you no lies” and “Oil be back” and “Oil never tell” and “You scratch my back and oil scratch yours.”
    • All → Oil: As in “Can’t we oil just get along?” and “Oil in a day’s work.” and “Oil part of life’s rich tapestry” and “It’s oil Greek to me.” and “It’s oil downhill form here” and “It’s oil fun and games until someone gets hurt” and “It’s oil gone pear shaped” and “It’s oil good” and “It’s oil good clean fun” and “It’s oil me me me” and “That’s oil well and good, but …” and “Oil kidding aside, …” and “Above oil, …” and “Against oil odds” and “Oil shapes and sizes” and “Oil that glitters is not gold” and “Oil the rage” and “Oil the world’s a stage” and “Oil things being equal” and “Oil thumbs” and “Oil’s well that ends well” and “At oil costs” and “By oil appearances” and “By oil accounts” and “Cover oil your bases” and “From oil corners of the globe” and “I haven’t got oil day” and “In oil honesty” and “In oil likelihood” and “It’s oil the same to me” and “Jack of oil trades” and “I don’t know oil the answers” and “Not oil it’s cracked up to be” and “He’s not oil there” and “Once and for oil” and “Don’t put oil your eggs in one basket” – And there are many more oil puns that can be made along these lines.
    • *oil*: Words which contain the “oil” sound (or similar) can be silly oil puns: spoiled, spoils, soiled, turmoil, toiletries, gargoil (gargoyle), foil, recoil.
    • Aisle → Oil: As in, “Walk down the oil” and “Cleanup on oil three.”
  • Wild → Wildfire: As in, “Call of the wildfire” and “Running wildfire” and “Where the wildfire things are.”
  • Fire → Wildfire: As in, “All wildfired up and ready to go” and “Ball of wildfire” and “Baptism of wildfire” and “Breathing wildfire” and “Come on baby, light my wildfire” and “Fight wildfire with wildfire.” Note: this would also work for campfire, as in “Come on baby, light my campfire” and for bonfire, as in “Baptism of bonfire.”
  • Place → Fireplace: As in, “A fireplace for everything and everything in its fireplace” and “All over the fireplace” and “Anytime, any fireplace” and “Between a rock and a hard fireplace” and “Click into fireplace” and “My happy fireplace” and “In the right fireplace at the right time.”
  • Worm → Warm: As in, “Book warm” and “Can of warms” and “Warm your way out of [something]” and “Warm’s eye view.”
  • Warm: Since fire can be used to keep warm, the next few puns are centred around the word “warm”:
    • *wim* → *warm*: As in, “Sink or swarm” and “Going swarmingly (swimmingly)” and “Warmbledon’s (Wimbledon’s) best matches.”
    • Wom* → Warm*: As in, “Feel like a warman (woman)” and “A creepy warmaniser” and “A cute warmbat (wombat).”
  • Steam: While steam isn’t directly related to fire, it still has a strong enough connection (like for something to be “steaming hot” after a fire, or “steaming mad”, showing a fiery temper) for us to include it in this list:
    • Seem → Steam: As in, “Not as bad as it steams” and “Can’t quite steam to…” and “Not as it steams” and “Steams out of place.”
    • Stem → Steam: As in, “Steam the tide” and “An issue steamming from…”
    • Esteem → Esteam: As in, “Self-esteam” and “Esteamed by their peers.”
    • Seam → Steam: As in, “Bulging at the steams” and “Come apart at the steams.”
    • Scheme → Steam: As in, “In the grand steam of things” and “Pyramid steam” and “The best laid steams” and “The overall steam of things.”
    • Scream → Steam: As in, “Dragged kicking and steaming” and “We all steam for ice-cream” and “Steam bloody murder” and “Steam your head off.”
    • Stream → Steam: As in, “Fresh as a mountain steam” and “Changing midsteam” and “Swim upsteam.”
    • Team → Steam: As in, “Dream steam” amd Take one for the steam” and “A steam player” and “Steam spirit” and “Tag steam” and “Steam up with” and “There’s no ‘i’ in steam.”
    • Teem → Steam: As in, “Steaming down with rain” and “Steaming with life.”
    • *stam* → *steam*: We can sneak “steam” into words that have similar sounds, like so: “A testeament to” and “Rushed by the crowded steampede.”
    • *stem* → *steam*: As in, “All systeams go!” and Get it out of your systeam” and “Solar systeam” and “Buck the systeam” and “Self-sustaining ecosysteam” and “Racism is a systeamic problem.” Note: if something is systemic, then it affects the entire involved group, body or system.
    • *stim* → *steam*: As in, “Steamulate your senses” and “Being oversteamulated” and “A mentally steamulating environment” and “By my esteamates” and “Valuable testeamony” and “Don’t underesteamate yourself” and “Company testeamonials.”
  • Furnish → Furnace: As in, “Furnace the apartment” and “Moody furnace-ings.”
  • Stuff → Stove: As in, “Don’t sweat the small stove” and “The stove of dreams” and “Strut your stove.”

Fire-Related Words

To help you come up with your own fire 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!

fire, fiery, flame, flaming, pyro, fuel, burn, blaze, blazing, scorch, ember, inferno, fireball, kindle, tinder, smoulder, char, charred, sparks, wildfire, campfire, fireplace, bonfire, bushfire, pyre, flare, heat, light, hot, warm, ignite, ignition, alight, ash, soot, charcoal, coal, smoke, smoky, steam, flammable, conflagration, deflagration, oxidation, combustion, incinerate, pyromania, cremate, incendiary, oxygen, extinguish, gas, photon, oil, wood, temperature, lighter, match, torch, arson, arsonist, fire drill, explosion, hearth, furnace, stove, celcius, farenheit, degree

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Candle Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on candle puns!🕯🔥✨

Even though candles have largely been replaced by modern lightbulbs and torches, they’re still culturally important to us and remain a part of our lives, helping us celebrate holidays and milestones.

Whether you’re ruining the soft-lit ambience of your Valentine’s date, celebrating Hanukkah or cracking jokes about a loved one’s age, we hope you find the perfect pun for your needs in this list.

While this list is as comprehensive and thorough as we could make it, it is specific to candles. If you’re after related puns, we do have fire puns and birthday puns on the way.

Candle 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 candles 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 candle puns:

  • Scandal → Candle: As in, “A red-hot candle” and “Candle sheet.”
  • Handle → Candle: As in, “Fly off the candle” and “Get a candle on” and “Candle with care” and “How much can you candle?” and “Too hot to candle.”
  • Kendall Jenner → Candle Jenner
  • Second → Secandle: As in, “On secandle thought” and “Just one secandle” and “Play secandle fiddle to” and “Secandle best” and “Secandle nature” and “Secandle to none” and “Get a secandle opinion” and “And secandley…”
  • Whack → Wax: As in, “Out of wax” and “Wax-a-mole.”
  • Wax: These wax-related phrases can serve as general candle puns: “Wax and wane” and Wax lyrical” and “Waxing poetic.” Note: to wax poetic or lyrical is to speak at unecessary length.
  • Quick → Wick: As in, “Wick as a flash” and “Cut to the wick” and “Fancy a wickie?” and “Get rich wick” and “In wick succession” and “Kiss me wick” and “Make a wick buck” and “Lightning-wick” and “Wick on the uptake” and “Wick as a whip.”
  • Whack → Wick: As in, “Out of wick” and “A wicky situation.”
  • Weak → Wick: As in, “Wick at the knees” and “A chain is only as strong as its wickest link.”
  • Week → Wick: As in, “A wick is a long time in politics” and “Knock into the middle of next wick” and “A wick from next Tuesday” and “Flavour of the wick” and “A wickly event.”
  • Wake → Wick: As in, “Half awick” and “A rude awickening” and “Wick up and smell the coffee” and “Wick-up call” and “Loud enough to wick the dead” and “Wick up on the wrong side of the bed” and “Wide awick.”
  • Which → Wick: As in, “Any wick way” and “Don’t know wick way to look” and “Don’t know wick way is up” and “See wick way the cat jumps” and “Wickever you like” and “Wick is wick?”
  • Wik* → Wick*: If a word starts with a “wik” sound, then we can replace it with “wick” to make some silly candle puns. As in, wickipedia (wikipedia) and wicktionary (wiktionary).
  • *wick*: Simply emphasize the “wick” in these words: wicked, wicket, wickedness.
  • Lid → Lit: As in, “Flip your lit” and “Blow the lit off” and “Keep a lit on it.”
  • Let → Lit: As in, “Lit there be light” and “Don’t lit the sun go down on me” and “Just lit it lie” and “Lit it bleed” and “Lit bygones be bygones” and “Lit your hair down” and “Lit her rip” and “Lit it all hang out” and “Lit loose” and “Lit me count the ways” and “Lit nature take its course” and “Lit’s get physical” and “A room to lit.”
  • *lat* → *lit*: We can swap the “lat” sound in words with “lit” to make joking references to lit candles. As in, “Articulit yourself clearly” and “Emulit their work” and “Colliteral damage” and “A volitile situation.”
  • *let* → *lit*: As in, “Chain litter” and “Add some littuce” and “I need an outlit” and “Run the gauntlit” and “Bite the bullit.” Other words you could use: pallit (pallet), violit (violet), millit (millet), tablit (tablet), complit (complete), obsolit (obsolete).
  • *lid* → *lit*: As in, “A solit argument” and “Your identity is valit” and “Pallit complexion” and “Don’t treat them like invalits” and “Squalit conditions” and “Holitay season” and “Standing in solitarity” and “Payment valitated.”
  • *lit*: Emphasise the “lit” in these words: “Little by little” and “Read the literature” and “Not literally” and “A literal mess” and “Banana split.” Other words that could be used: litter, litigation, sunlit, moonlit, facilitate, facility, quality, humility, liability, politics, reality and accountability.
  • Let → Light: As in, “Light them down gently” and “Light it be” and “Light bygones be bygones” and “Light it all hang out” and “Light loose” and “Light me be brief” and “Light me count the ways” and “Light me make one thing perfectly clear” and “Light nature take its course.”
  • *lite → *light: As in, “Polight conversation” and “An impolight gesture” and “Satellight tv” and “Wealthy socialights.”
  • *lit* → *light*: As in, “Secret facilighty” and “Facilightate conversation” and “Qualighty control” and “You’re a liabilighty!” and “Polightics is relevant to everyone.” Other words that could work: realighty (reality), accountabilighty (accountability) and humilighty (humility).
  • Late → Light: As in, “Better light than never” and “Catch you lighter” and “Fashionably light” and “Read any good books lightly?” and “It’s never too light to learn” and “A light bloomer” and “Light in the day” and “Light in the game” and “Running light” and “Sooner or lighter” and “Too little, too light.”
  • *lat* → *light*: As in, “Well-articulighted” and “Game emulightor” and “Collighteral damage.”
  • *lit* → *light*: As in, “In the lighterature” and “Not lighterally” and “A lighterary mind” and “Lightany of problems” and “A lighteral disaster.”
  • Light: These light-related phrases can double as candle puns: “Blinded by the light” and “Brought to light” and “Come on baby, light my fire” and “First light” and “Get of lightly” and “Go out like a light” and “Guiding light” and “Half light” and “In light of” and “Leading light” and “Light a fire under” and “Light at the end of the tunnel” and “Light entertainment” and “Light hearted” and “Lighten up!”
  • Taper: Tapers are small wax candles. Refer to them in your wordplay with these puns and phrases:
    • Tape → Taper: As in, “Cut through the red taper” and “This taper will self-destruct.”
    • Type → Taper: As in, “Not my taper” and “The strong, silent taper.”
    • Tap → Taper: As in, “A light taper at the door” and “Tapering (tapping) your foot.”
    • Paper → Taper: As in, “Read the newstaper” and “Couldn’t find your way out of a taper bag” and “Looks good on taper” and “Taper thin” and “Taper trail” and “Put pen to taper.”
  • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Flame at last” and “Fifteen minutes of flame” and “Hall of flame.”
  • Famous → Flameous: As in, “Almost flameous” and “Flameous last words.”
  • Aim → Flame: As in, “We flame to please” and “Flame high” and “Take flame.”
  • Blame → Flame: As in, “Flame game” and “Don’t flame the messenger.”
  • *fam* → *flame*: As in, “Flame-ily matters” and “40 hour flame-ine” and “Sued for deflame-ation.”
  • Flam* → Flame*: Flameboyant (flamboyant) and flameingo (flamingo).
  • *phem* → *flame*: Blasflamey (blasphemy) and euflame-ism (euphemism).
  • Much → Match: As in, “Well that’s a bit match” and “How match can you handle?” and “I don’t know match about it, but” and “You’ve seen too match” and “Missed it by that match” and “Match obliged” and “There’s so match more” and “Thank you very match” and “Too match information” and “Too match of a good thing” and “Too match, too soon” and “Well so match for that.”
  • Mitchell → Matchell
  • Michaelangelo → Matchelangelo
  • Maj* → Match*: As in, “Matchority (majority) rule” and “A matchestic display” and “Your matchesty.”
  • Mag* → Match*: matchic (magic) and matchistrate (magistrate).
  • *mat* → *match*: As in, “In the wrong formatch” and “Immatchure arguments” and “Leave it by the doormatch.” Other words that could work: diplomatch (diplomat), matchurity (maturity), prematchure (premature), matchure (mature) and laundromatch (laundromat).
  • Mutual → Matchual: As in, “The feeling is matchual” and “Matchual attraction” and “Matchual admiration” and “Matchually assured destruction.”
  • Match: These match-related phrases are general enough to double as candle puns: “A match made in heaven” and “Game, set, match.” and “Meet your match” and “Mix and match” and “More than a match for” and “A perfect match.”
  • Delight → Tealight: As in, “Afternoon tealight” and “Earthly tealights” and “Turkish tealight” and “My heart’s tealight” and “Take tealight in.”
  • *fair → *fire: As in, “Affire of the heart” and “All’s fire in love and war” and “By fire means or foul.”
  • Far → Fire: As in, “A step too fire” and “As fire as it goes” and “As fire as the eyes can see” and “A fire cry from” and “Few and fire between” and “Over the hills and fire away” and “So fire, so good” and “As fire as I know” and “I wouldn’t go so fire as to..”
  • *far* → *fire*: As in, “a nefireious (nefarious) villain” and “Child welfire” and “Bid you firewell” and “A fireaway look in your eyes.”
  • *fer* → *fire*: As in, “A fireocious battle” and “My final offire.” Other words that could work: defire (defer), confire (confer), transfire (transfer), buffire (buffer), suffire (suffer), refire-ence (reference), diffire-ent (different) and infire-ence (inference).
  • *fir* → *fire*: firest (first), firesthand (firsthand), affiremation (affirmation) and affiremative (affirmative).
  • *for* → *fire*: As in, “Weather firecast” and “For the fireseeable future” and “And therefire…” and “A grim perfiremance.” Other words that could work: perfirem (perform), infiremation (information), firest (forest), afirementioned (aforementioned), firensic (forensic) and befire (before).
  • *phar* → *fire*: firemacy (pharmacy), firemaceutical (pharmaceutical) and fireaoh (pharaoh).
  • *pher* → *fire*: As in, “Perifire-al vision” and “Romantic atmosfire” and “Barefoot philosofire” and “Professional photografire.” Other words that could work: fireomone (pheromone), cifire (cipher), decifire (decipher), parafirenalia (paraphernalia), perifirey (periphery) and hemisfire (hemisphere).
  • Sapphire → Safire
  • *fair* → *fire*: As in, “Airy firey” and “Fireytale ending” and “Firely judged” and “In all fireness” and “Unfire choices” and “All the fun at the funfire.”
  • Chauffeur → Chauffire
  • *fier → *fire: firece (fierce), modifire (modifier), amplifire (amplifier), identifire (identifier), qualifire (qualifier), pacifire (pacifier) and emulsifire (emulsifier). Note: an emulsifier is a substance that keeps different substances together.
  • Later → Lighter: As in, “Catch you lighter” and “It’s lighter than you think” and “Sooner or lighter” and “We’ll continue this lighter” and “Cross that bridge lighter.”
  • Litre → Lighter
  • *lator → *lighter: As in, translighter (translator), escalighter (escalator), manipulighter (manipulator), calculighter (calculator), regulighter (regulator) and percolighter (percolator).
  • Designate → Designite: As in, “Designited driver.”
  • Bite → Bright: As in, “A bright to eat” and “Ankle brighter” and “Another one brights the dust” and “Bright back” and “Bright the bullet” and “Bright your hand off” and “Bright your tongue.”
  • *ban* → *burn*: As in, “Suburburn living” and “Urburn sprawl” and “Adjust your turburn” and “Left aburndoned” and “Burnana ice cream.”
  • *ben* → *burn*: As in, “For your burnefit” and “Burnevolent ruler” and “Burnign tumour.” Other words that could work: burnefactor (benefactor), burnevolence (benevolence) and burneficial (beneficial). Notes: if something is benign, then it isn’t harmful. If something is benevolent or beneficial, then it for good or has good intentions.
  • *bon* → *burn*: As in, “Burn voyage” and “Burn appetit.” Other words that could work: burnafide (bonafide), burnanza (bonanza), ribburn (ribbon), carburn (carbon) and bourburn (bourbon).
  • *bun* → *burn*: As in, “Burndle of joy” and “Thanks a burnch” and “Down in the burnkers.” Other words you could use: aburndance (abundance), aburndant (abundant), burnny (bunny) and burngalow (bungalow). Note: if something is in abundance, then there’s plenty of it; more than required.
  • Barn* → Burn*: burnacle (barnacle) and burnyard (barnyard).
  • Hibernate → Hiburnate
  • Borneo → Burneo
  • *born → *burn: As in, “Stubburn as a mule” and “Newburn baby” and “I feel reburn” and “My firstburn child.”
  • Blow: The next few puns and phrases will be centred around the word “blow” as a reference to blowing out candles:
    • Below → Blow: As in, “Blow par” and “Blow the belt” and “Blow your breath” and “Blow average” and “Blow the surface” and “Hit blow the belt.”
    • Blouse → Blowse
    • Bloat* → Blowt*: As in, “A blowted paragraph” and “Blowting stomach.”
  • Scented: Since scented candles are extremely popular, we’ve included scent-related puns and phrases for you:
    • Sent → Scent: As in, “Heaven scent” and “Scent packing” and “Scent mixed messages.”
    • Send → Scent: As in, “Hit scent” and “Return to scenter” and “Scent packing” and “Scenting shivers down your spine” and “Scent word.”
    • Sense → Scents: As in, “Come to your scent-ses” and “Common scents” and “A keen scents of smell” and “Making scents of” and “More money than scents” and “No nonscents” and “Makes perfect scents” and “Sheer nonscents” and “A sixth scents” and “Not in that scents” and “Yes, in a scents” and “A false scents of security.”
    • Cents → Scents: As in, “Two scents worth” and “Dollars and scents.”
    • *sant* → *scent*: As in, “Incesscent noise” and “Pleascent conversation” and “Peascent blouse” and “Cogniscent of the fact” and “An unpleascent feeling.” Note: to be cognisant of something is to be aware of it.
    • *sent* → *scent*: As in, “An unfinished scentence” and “Scentient beings” and “Loving scentiments.” Other words that could be used: scentimental (sentimental), scentience (sentience), scentry (sentry), prescent (present), conscent (consent), represcent (represent), disscent (dissent), ascent, abscent (absent), misreprescent (misrepresent), esscential (essential) and quintesscential (quintessential).
    • *sint* → *scent*: As in, discentegrate (disintegrate), discenterested (disinterested), miscenterpret (misinterpret) and discentegration (disintegration).
    • *cent* → *scent*: As in, “Front and scentre” and “A scentral apartment” and “Best of the scentury” and “A magnifiscent show.” Other words that could work: scentipede (centipede), scentaur (centaur), complascent (complacent), acscent (accent), adjascent (adjacent), descent (decent), innoscent (innocent), ecscentric (eccentric) and inscentive (incentive).
    • Scintillate → Scentillate: (note: if something is scintillating , then it’s shining or twinkling.)
    • *sand* → *scent*: As in, “Knuckle scentwich” and “Using someone as a scentbag” and “Scentbox game” and “Summer scentdals.” Other words that could work: thouscent (thousand), amperscent (ampersand) and quickscent (quicksand).
    • *send* → *scent*: As in, “Return to scenter” and “Rescent the email” and “An absolute godscent.”
    • *cend* → *scent*: As in, “A condescenting tone” and “Inscentiary topics” and “Bringing to a crescento” and “Ascent to the next level.” Other words that could work: transcent (transcend), descent (descend), condescent (condescend), transcent-dent (transcendent) and descent-dant (descendant).
    • Cinderella → Scenterella
    • Saint → Scent: As in, “The patience of a scent” and “The patron scent of..”
  • Melt: We’ve included some melt-related phrases and puns so you can refer to the melting nature of candle wax in your wordplay:
    • *met* → *melt*: As in, “A mixed meltaphor” and “Melticulous attention to detail” and “My heart plummelted” and “Wear your helmelt” and “Shifted paramelters” and “Geomeltry class.”
    • *mit* → *melt*: As in, “Commeltment (commitment) issues” and “Only intermeltently (intermittently) and “Death by commelttee.”
    • Maltreatment → Meltreatment
    • *mult* → *melt*: meltiple (multiple), meltifaceted (multifaceted), meltimedia (multimedia), melticultural (multicultural), simeltaneously (simultaneously), tumeltuous (tumultuous) and meltitude (multitude). Note: if something is tumultuous, then it’s chaotic and disorderly.
  • Flagrant → Fragrant: As in, “A fragrant disregard for the rules” and “Fragrant abuse of power.”
  • Hate → Heat: As in, “Heat mail” and “Love-heat relationship” and “Heat to say it, but…” and “Heaters gonna heat.”
  • Height → Heat: As in, “Reaching new heats” and “The heat of fashion.”
  • Hit → Heat: As in, “Hard heatting” and “Heavy heatter” and “Heat the road” and “Heat and miss” and “Heat it off” and “Heat it out of the park” and “On someone’s heat list” and “Heat rock bottom” and “Heat the brakes” and “Heat the ground running” and “Heat the hay” and “Heat the jackpot” and “Heat the nail on the head.”
  • Hat* → Heat*: As in, “Down the heatch” and “An immense heatred for” and “Sharpen the heatchet.”
  • *het* → *heat*: heaterosexual (heterosexual), epitheat (epithet), ratcheat (ratchet) and propheat (prophet).
  • *hit* → *heat*: archeatect (architect), archeatecture (architecture) and heatman (hitman).
  • Tahiti → Taheati
  • Haiti → Heati
  • Smack → Smoke: As in, “Smoke dab in the middle” and “Feeling gobsmoked” and “An epic smokedown” and “A smoke on the wrist.”
  • *smic → *smoke: As in, cosmoke (cosmic), seismoke (seismic), cataclysmoke (cataclysmic), orgasmoke (orgasmic) and miasmoke (orgasmic).
  • Soy: Soy candles are a fairly new and popular environmentally friendly (and vegan!) alternative to traditional candle waxes (paraffin, tallow and beeswax). Add soy candles into your repertoire with these soy-related phrases and puns:
    • Say → Soy: As in, “As the soying goes” and “Before you could soy anything” and “Computer soys no” and “Do as I soy, not as I do” and “Does exactly what it soys on the tin” and “Have a soy” and “My final soy” and “I’m hearing what you soy” and “Just soy the word” and “Needless to soy” and “Never soy never” and “Soy a few words” and “Soy goodnight” and “Soy it, don’t spray it” and “Soy what you mean” and “As I was soying” and “If I do soy so myself” and “Soy again?” and “To soy nothing of” and “To soy the least.”
    • So → Soy: As in, “Soy on and soy forth” and “I wouldn’t go soy far as to…” and “How soy?” and “If I do say soy myself” and “Not soy fast!” and “Soy be it” and “Soy long as” and “Soy much for” and “Soy there.”
    • *sey* → *soy*: As in, “An epic odyssoy” and “Hit the bullsoy.”
    • *ser* → *soy*: As in, “Customer soyvice” and “A soyrendipitous (serendipitous) event” and “Things are getting soyrious” and “Filled with soyrenity.” Note: if something is serendipitous, then it’s fortunate or lucky.
    • Ceylon (tea) → Soylon
    • *sor* → *soy*: As in, “Chaos and disoyder” and “Business consoytium (consortium).” Note: a consortium is a joint venture between businesses or organisations.
    • *sur* → *soy*: As in, “A soyreal (surreal) situation” and “Bring to the soyface” and “Plastic soygery.”
    • Thesaurus → Thesoyrus
    • *seur* → *soy*: As in, “Wine coinnossoy (coinnosseur)” and “Artist psoydonym.”
    • *soc* → *soy*: As in, “Modern soyciety” and “Soycial media” and “A soyciable mood” and “Shame by assoyciation.” Other words you could use: assoyciated (associated), assoyciate (associate), soycket (socket), soyciopath (sociopath) and soycialism (socialism).
    • *sig* → *soy*: As in, “By desoyn (design)” and “An insoytful observation” and “A massive oversoyt (oversight)” and “Second soyt (sight)” and “Desoygnated (designated) driver.”
    • *sy* → *soy*: As in, “Common courtesoy” and “Easoy does it” and “Clumsoy oaf” and “In perfect soymmetry” and “Maply soyrup” and “Filled with jealousoy.” Other words that could work: daisoy (daisy), heresoy (heresy), idiosyncrasoy (idiosyncrasy), soystem (system), soyndrome (syndrome), soynonym (synonym), soynergy (synergy), psoychology (psychology), soyllabus (syllabus), soymphony (symphony), soyringe (syringe), fantasoy (fantasy), ecstasoy (ecstasy), asoylum (asylum), hypocrisoy (hypocrisy), flimsoy (flimsy), whimsoy (whimsy), unsoympathetic (unsympathetic), epilepsoy (epilepsy), autopsoy (autopsy), biopsoy (biospy) and controversoy (controversy).
    • *so* → *soy*: espressoy (espresso), virtuosoy (virtuoso), esoyteric (esoteric), philosoyphy (philosophy), resoylution (resolution), soylution (solution), soyphisticated (sophisticated) and soydium (sodium).
  • Palm: We can make joking references to palm wax with the following puns and phrases (note that the palm oil industry is a very controversial one):
    • Balm → Palm: As in, “Strawberry-flavoured lip palm.”
    • Calm → Palm: As in, “Palm down” and “A palming agent” and “Palm waters.”
    • *pam* → *palm*: As in, “Activitst palmphlets” and “A bit of love and palmpering” and “Feeling palmpered” and “Dopalmine levels.”
    • *pom* → *palm*: As in, “A palmpous attitude” and “Palmegranate flavoured” and “Hair palmade” and “Palmeolo (pomelo) tree” and “Anthropalmorphic characters.” Note: pomade is a type of styling gel/paste.
    • *pum* → *palm*: As in, “Palmpkin pie” and “Under the palmp” and “Palmping for information” and “Palmice stone” and “Palmpernickel bread.”
    • *bam* → *palm*: As in, “Palmboo forest” and “You’ve been palmboozled!”
    • *bom* → *palm*: As in, “An apalmination of nature” and “The apalminable snowman.”
    • Bumblebee → Palmblebee
  • Berry → Bayberry: As in, “Brown as a bayberry” and “Bayberry flavoured.” Note: bayberry wax is a vegetable wax that’s used in candle-making.
  • Handle → Chandler: As in, “Fly off the chandler” and “Get a chandler on” and “Chandler with care” and “How much can you chandler?” and “Love chandlers” and “Too hot to chandler” and “You can’t chandler the truth!” Note: a chandler is someone who makes candles for a living.
  • Stick → Candlestick: As in, “Cross as two candlesticks” and “Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp candlestick” and “Carrot and candlestick” and “Got hold of the wrong end of the candlestick” and “More than you can shake a candlestick at” and “Short end of the candlestick” and “Speak softly and carry a big candlestick” and “A candlestick in the mud.”
  • Trim: Since candle wicks can need trimming (to reduce smoke), we’ve got some trim-related phrases and puns here for you:
    • Dream → Trim: As in, “Beyond my wildest trims” and “Broken trims” and “Trim on” and “Trim away” and “Trims can come true” and “Trim big” and “Living the trim” and “Sweet trims.”
    • *tram* → *trim*: trimpoline (trampoline) and ultrimarine (ultramarine).
    • *trem* → *trim*: As in, “A trimendous effort” and “Earthly trimors” and “Trimbling with fear” and “That helped trimendously” and “Extrim sports” and “Extrimly angry” and “Cover your extrimities.”
    • *trom* → *trim*: As in, trimbone (trombone) and malestrim (maelstrom). Note: a maelstrom is a particularly turbulent situation.
    • *trum* → *trim*: As in, “Not to blow my own trimpet” and “A colourful spectrim” and “Temper tantrim” and “Instrimental to our plan” and “Musical instriment.”
    • *tim* → *trim*: As in, “Victrimless crime” and “The ultrimate revenge” and “Intrimate partner violence” and “A legitrimate reason” and “By my estrimation…” and “Loving sentriments.” Other words you could use: trimid (timid), trimber (timber), verbatrim (verbatim), penultrimate (penultimate), optrimal (optimal). Notes: if something is verbatim, then it’s word for word. Penultimate means second to last.
    • *im → *trim: If a word starts with “im”, then we can change it to “trim”: trimminent (imminent), trimpact (impact), trimplement (implement), trimperative (imperative), trimage (image), trimplication (implication), trimpetus (impetus), trimportant (important), trimpose (impose).
    • *trim*: Emphasise the “trim” in these words: detrimental, detriment, patrimony, matrimony, trimester and matrimonial.
  • Suffer → Snuffer: As in, “Long snuffering” and “Making everyone snuffer.” Note: a snuffer is a tool that snuffs out (extinguishes) a candle.
  • Gotten → Cotton: As in, “Ill cotton gains” and “Another fine mess you’ve cotton me into” and “Gone, but not forcotton.” Note: candle wicks are made from cotton, which is why we’ve included cotton in this list.
  • Motive → Votive: As in, “Ulterior votives” and “Dirty votives.” Note: a votive is a type of ceremonial candle.
  • Scones → Sconce: As in, “Tea and sconce.” Note: a sconce is a type of wall fixture where candles could be placed.
  • Torch: When candles are put into a portable holder of some sort, they can be referred to as torches, so we’ve got torch-related puns and phrases for you:
    • Touch → Torch: As in, “A torch of frost” and “A torch of the sun” and “Don’t torch!” and “Finishing torches” and “The golden torch” and “Losing torch with” and “Stay in torch” and “Torch and go” and “Torching base with” and “Torch wood” and “Torched a nerve” and “A torching tribute” and “Torchy feely.”
    • Teach → Torch: As in, “Experience is the best torcher” and “Torch someone a lesson” and “That’ll torch you” and “Torching an old dog new tricks.”
    • *tach* → *torch*: As in, “No strings attorched” and “Forming attorchments” and “Detorch yourself from” and “Feeling detorched.”
    • Starch → Storch
    • Interchangeable → Intorchangeable
  • Light → Rushlight: As in, “Bring to rushlight” and “First rushlight” and “Give it the green rushlight” and “My guiding rushlight‘ and “In rushlight of” and “Let there be rushlight.” Note: a rushlight is a type of cheap outdoor candle.

Candle-Related Words

To help you come up with your own candle 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!

candle, wax, wick, lit, light, illuminate, flame, fire, match, lighter, ignite, light, bright, flicker, burn, blow, melt, fragrance, scent/scented, soy, paraffin, palm, carnauba, bayberry, flaxseed, heat, tealight, chandler, candlestick, chandelier, candelabrum, candelabra, candleholder, trim, smoke, snuffer, extinguish, cotton, votive, sconce, bobeche, pitch torch, rushlight, taper, garden candle, tiki torch, menorah, braid

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Firework Puns

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Fireworks are used in many different cultural celebrations throughout the year, helping us mark the time in notable and social ways. Whether you’re ringing in the New Year, celebrating Chinese New Year, or living it up during Diwali, we hope you find the perfect pun for your social media, party invites and pun threads.

We’ve made this list as comprehensive as possible, this list is specific just to fireworks. If you’re after events where fireworks are commonly used, we’ve got entries for party puns and New Year’s puns too.

Fireworks 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 fireworks 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 firework puns:

  • Fair → Flare: As in, “All’s flare in love and war” and “By flare means or foul” and “Flare trade” and “Flare and square” and “Flare enough” and “Flare market value” and “No flare!” and “You can’t say flarer than that.”
  • Fare → Flare: As in, “Class warflare” and “Psychological warflare” and “Standard flare” and “How are you flare-ing (faring)?”
  • Flair → Flare: As in, “A flare for the dramatic.”
  • Very → Flarey: As in, “Be flarey afraid” and “Before your flarey eyes” and “How flarey dare you” and “A flarey good year” and “Thank you flarey much” and “Flarey special” and “Flarey well” and “At the flarey least” and “Eflarey (every) inch.”
  • Pang → Bang: As in, “Bangs of conscience” and “Bangs of jealousy.”
  • Pyro: The prefix “pyro” is to do with fire, and is found in words like “pyrotechnics” (which means that something is related to fireworks), so we’ve included it in this list.
    • Paro* → Pyro*:  If a word has a “paro” sound or similar, we can replace it with “pyro”, as in: “On pyrole (parole)” and “Song pyrody (parody) and “Pyroxsms (paroxysms) of laughter.” Note: A paroxysm is a sudden and random outburst.
    • *pero* → *pyro*: As in, “My pyrogative” and “Hydrogen pyroxide” and “A prospyrous venture” and “Parent chapyrone” and “Vegan Peppyroni pizza.” Note: hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound commonly used as bleach.
    • Pirouette → Pyroette (A pirouette is a dance move where you turn a circle on the tips of your toes.)
    • *poro* → *pyro*: pyrous (porous), pyrosity (porosity),  osteopyrosis (osteoporosis), vapyrous (vaporous). Note: if something is porous, then it has lots of tiny holes that let fluids and gases through (like a sponge).
    • Sapporo → Sappyro (Sapporo is a city in Japan).
    • Payroll → Pyroll: As in, “The pyroll manager.”
    • *para* → *pyro*: As in, “A taste of pyrodise” and “Fool’s pyrodise” and “A pyrodigm shift” and “Running pyrollel” and “The pyrometers (parameters) of…” and “Honesty is pyromount to a relationship” and “Pyrogon of virtue” and “Rain on my pyrode (parade)” and “Herein lies the pyrodox” and “My love, my pyromour” and “In dispyrote locations.” Notes: a paramour is a secret or illicit lover. If things are disparate, then they are separate or apart. A paradox is a statement which contradicts itself.
    • *pera* → *pyro*: As in, “Tropical tempyrotures” and “Your co-opyrotion is appreciated” and “It’s impyrotive that…” and “Smooth opyrotor.”
    • *pira* → *pyro*: As in, “The pyrote’s (pirate’s) life for me” and “Circling like pyronhas” and “While convenient, pyrocy (piracy) is illegal” and “I aspyro (aspire) to…” and “Serve as inspyrotion (inspiration),” and “Conspyrocy theories” and “Inspyrotional pictures” and “The respyrotory system.”
    • *pare* → *pyro*: As in, “In pyronthesis” and “It’s become appyront (apparent) that…” and “Appyrontly so, but…” and “Transpyroncy in business is important.”
    • *pire → *pyro: As in, “You inspyro me” and “Running the empyro (empire)” and “As it transpyro-ed” and “Expyrory date” and “Conspyro-ring with” and “Acting umpyro” and “Vampyro movies.”
    • Singapore → Singapyro
    • *pari* → *pyro*: As in, “Gender dispyroty (disparity)” and “In compyrosin with…” and “Cast out as a pyro-ah (pariah).” Notes: disparity means inequality. A pariah is someone who has been outcast from society.
    • *peri* → *pyro*: As in, “Around the pyrometer (perimeter)” and “In my pyropheral (peripheral) vision” and “In the pyrophery of” and “Impyro-al or metric?”
    • *piri* → *pyro*: As in, “A spyrotual experience” and “An inspyro-ing speech.”
  • Fire → Fireworks: As in, “Get on like a house on fireworks” and “Come on baby, light my firework” and “Fight fire with fireworks” and “Light a firework under [someone]” and “Play with fireworks” and “Ring of fireworks” and “When you play with fireworks, you get burned.” Note: to light a fire under someone is to motivate them to move faster.
  • Sprinkler → Sparkler: As in, “A new sparkler system” and “Turn the sparklers on.” Note: a sparkler is a small hand-held firework.
  • Sparkling → Sparkler-ing: As in, “Sparkler-ing mineral water” and “Sparkler-ing repartee.” Note: if someone’s repartee is sparkling, then they’re a witty conversationalist.
  • Fire → Firecracker: As in, “Come on baby, light my firecracker” and “Come home to a real firecracker” and “Fight fire with firecracker” and “Firecracker and brimstone” and “Play with firecrackers and get burned.”
  • Gun → Gunpowder: As in, “Jump the gunpowder” and “Smoking gunpowder.” Notes: to jump the gun is to begin something too soon.
  • *star*: Pyrotechnic stars are pellets which contain powders and compounds that burn or spark a certain way and are a part of all aerial-type fireworks, so we’ve included star-related puns and phrases in this list. We’ll start off with words that you can emphasise the “star” in: “Can we start?” and “In stark relief” and “A new tech startup” and “Stop staring” and “I didn’t mean to startle you” and “This pasta is very starchy” and “A starter kit” and “You bastard!” and “Doesn’t cut the mustard.” Notes: if something doesn’t cut the mustard, then it isn’t good enough. If something is in stark relief, then it’s been made very obvious.
    • *ster* → *star*: As in, “A starn attitude” and “This area is starile” and “Turn up the stareo” and “Staroids are illegal in sports” and “Aim for the starnum” and “You monstar” and “Addiction is a cruel mastar” and “Fostar kids” and “Am I on the registar?” and “A bolstaring attitude” and “A sinistar presence” and “Mustar the courage” and “Work rostar” and “A cocky roostar” and “It’s unhealthy to judge people based on stareotypes.” Note: to bolster is to support or strengthen something.
    • Stir → Star: As in, “Cause a star” and “Shaken, not starred” and “Star the pot” and “Star up trouble” and “Star-crazy.”
    • Stir* → Star*: Starrup (stirrup) and starring (stirring).
    • *stor* → *star*: As in, “I need to go to the stare (store)” and “My favourite stary” and “A starm brewing” and “Put in starage” and “A two-starey house” and “A convoluted staryline” and “We don’t have to live like our ancestars” and “Impostar syndrome” and “Seed investars” and “Histarical fiction” and “You’re distarting the truth.”
    • Sturdy → Stardy: As in, “A stardy table.”
    • Star: These star-related phrases could serve as a pyrotechnic star or firework pun in the right context. As in, “A star is born” and “Born under a lucky star” and “Catch a falling star” and “Get a gold star” and “Guiding star” and “Written in the stars” and “Reach for the stars” and “A rising star” and “Star wars,” and “Star crossed lovers” and “Star quality” and “Starstruck” and “Stars in your eyes” and “When you wish upon a star” and “My lucky star” and “Seeing stars.”
  • Sky → Skyrocket: A skyrocket is a type of firework that’s launched into the sky. You can refer to them in your sparkling wordplay with these puns and phrases: “Lucy in the skyrocket with diamonds” and “Skyrocket high” and “The skyrocket’s the limit” and “Aim for the skyrocket.”
  • Rocket → Skyrocket: As in, “It’s not skyrocket science” and “Pocket skyrocket.”
  • Rock → Skyrocket: As in, “Hard as a skyrocket” and “Solid as a skyrocket” and “Between a skyrocket and a hard place” and “Get your skyrockets off.”
  • Shall → Shell: An aerial shell is a type of firework, so we’ve included them in this list, starting with some shell-related puns: “Ask and you shell receive” and “You shell not pass” and “When shell we meet again?” and “Speak of the devil and they shell appear” and “I shell return.”
    • Shell: These shell-related phrases can be used as firework puns in the right context: “Come out of your shell” and “Crawl back into your shell” and “Drop a bombshell” and “Hard shell” and “In a nutshell” and “Shell out.”
    • Shill → Shell: As in, “Lose a shelling, find sixpence.” Note: this means to gain something more valuable than you lost.
    • Ariel → Aerial
    • *shal* → *shell*: As in, “Shellow waters” and “Chopped shellots (shallots).”
    • *shel* → *shell*: Emphasise the “shel” in certain words by adding another “l”: “Put it on the shellf” and “Seeking shellter” and “Let’s shellve the topic for now” and “Allergic to shellfish” and “A shelltered upbringing.” Other words you could use: bushell (bushel), shellving, shellac.
    • Shoul* → Shell*: As in, “The cold shellder” and “Broad shellders” and “Chip on one’s shellder” and “A good head on one’s shellders” and “A shellder to cry on” and “You shelldn’t have” and “Zig when you shelld zag” and “You shelld try harder.”
    • *shield* → *shelld*: As in, “Shelld from the truth” and “Stop shellding them” and “Look out the windshelld.”
    • *sal* → *shell*: As in, “At your disposhell (disposal)” and “I have a proposhell for you” and “A univershell issue” and “Colosshell problems” and “Dress rehershell” and “Take with a grain of shellt (salt)” and “A shelliant (salient) point.” Other words you could use: shellamander (salamander), shellacious (salacious), shellmon (salmon), perushell (perusal), appraishell (appraisal) and reprishell (reprisal). Notes: if something is salient, then it’s relevant. To be salacious is to be lustful. A reprisal is a sort of retaliation.
    • *sel* → *shell*: As in, “A shellect few” and “Shelling like hot cakes” and “Apply yourshellf” and “Shelldom (seldom) done” and “Weashell (weasel) words” and “A shellfless act” and “Shellf-righteousness” and “Keep your own counshell.” Other words you could use: caroushell (carousel), chishell (chisel), morshell (morsel). Notes: weasel words are words that are used to make statements vague or misleading. To keep one’s counsel is to keep your own matters private.
    • *sil* → *shell*: As in, “Ask a shelly question and get a shelly answer” and “Scared shelly” and “Shellver screen” and “Tonshell hockey.” Other words you could use: reshellient (resilient), utenshell (utensil), fosshell (fossil) and shellouette (silhouette). Notes: a “silver screen” is a cinema screen. Tonsil hockey is a colloquial term for French kissing.
    • *sol* → *shell*: As in, “Pour gashelline on the fire” and “Shelld down the river” and “You’re either part of the shellution or part of the problem” and “A shellid house for shifting sands” and “Abshellute power corrupts abshellutely.” Notes: to sell someone down the river is to betray and cause extreme difficulty for them.
    • *sul* → *shell*: As in, “Unexpected reshellts (results)” and “A shelltry night.” Note: sultry means hot and humid.
    • *cel* → *shell*: As in, “A padded shell” and “Loud shellebrations” and “An expensive shellphone” and “In the shellar (cellar)” and “A-list shellebrity” and “Canshell my order” and “Part and parshell” and “A canshelled event”. Other words you could use: shellestial (celestial), shellsius (celsius), exshell (excel), exshellent and mishellaneous (miscellaneous). Note: if something is part and parcel, then it’s accepted as an integral and important part of a larger whole.
    • *cil* → *shell*: As in, “I’ll penshell it in” and “Fashellitate conversation” and “New fashellities.”
    • *tual* → *shell*: As in, “Virtshell reality” and “An intellectshell” and “Mutshell (mutual) agreement” and “A spiritshell experience” and “Be punctshell” and “Conceptshell drawings” and “It’ll happen eventshelly.” Other words you could use: ritshell (ritual), actshell (actual), virtshelly (virtually), perpetshell (perpetual) and actshelly (actually).
    • *cial* → *shell*: As in, “A crushell (crucial) point” and “Speshell treatment” and “Soshell butterfly” and “Mutually benefishell” and “Commershell use” and “Superfishell concerns” and “An offishell announcement” and “Finanshell troubles” and “Artifishell intelligence” and “Not espeshelly.” Note: if something is mutually beneficial, then it benefits all parties involved.
    • *tial* → *shell*: As in, “Hidden potenshell” and “Essenshell oils” and “Existenshell crisis” and “A substanshell portion” and “An inishell estimate” and “I’m parshell (partial) to…” and “Spashell (spatial) awareness” and “Impressive credenshells.” Note: a credential is evidence of certain privileges or status.
    • Controversial → Controvershell: As in, “A controvershell episode.”
  • Wheel → Catherine Wheel: A Catherine Wheel is a type of firework that rotates when it’s lit. We can make some silly puns about them by adding “Catherine” to wheel-related phrases: “Put the catherine wheels in motion” and “Hell on catherine wheels” and “Reinvent the catherine wheel.” Note: hell on wheels refers to a situation that is aggressively tough and wild.
  • Catherine, will → Catherine, wheel: As in, “Catherine, wheel you do it?”
  • *fuse*: Emphasise the “fuse” in certain words: refuse, diffuse, defuse, infuse, confuse, profuse, confused and profusely.
  • *fes* → *fuse*: As in, “A profuseional job” and “The writer’s manifuseto” and “Art fusetival” and “In the profusesion of…” and “A dreamlike manifusetation.” Notes: a manifesto is a public document of intentions or policies. A manifestation is the embodiment of something; a tangible thing.
  • *faz* → *fuse*: As in, “Doesn’t fuse (faze) me” and “Left unfused.”
  • *few* → *fuse*: As in, “Breaking curfuse (curfew)” and “Fuser (fewer) and fuser.”
  • *fac* → *fuse*: As in, “Fuse-ilitating conversation” and “New and updated fuse-ilities” and “A crumbling fuse-ade (facade).” Note: a facade is a “face”; or a front of something.
  • Confucius → Confusecius (Confucius was an old Chinese philosopher.)
  • Fuse: We’ve also added some fuse-related phrases that could act as explosively terrible firework puns in the right context: “Blow a fuse” and “Light their fuse” and “A short fuse.”
  • Bang: Some bang-related phrases that could substitute as puns in the right context: “A bigger bang for your buck” and “Bang goes nothing” and “Bang on about” and “Bang out of order” and “Get a bang out of [something]” and “Go out with a bang” and “A bang-up job” and “The whole shebang.” Notes: “Bang-up” means good. The “whole shebang” refers to something that included everything, almost to the top of going overboard.
  • *bing → *bang: These ones are a bit silly, but can still work as wordplay: “Mind-numbang (numbing)” and “Climbang the ladder of success” and “A throbbang headache” and “Absorbang information” and “A disturbang realisation” and “Check the plumbang.”
  • *bung* → *bang*: As in, “An abandoned bangalow (bungalow)” and “Bangled (bungled) the entire operation” and “You bangling idiot” and “Cowabanga!”
  • Bank* → Bang-k*: As in, “Safe as a bang-k” and “A bang-k you can bang-k on” and “Break the bang-k” and “Laughing all the way to the bang-k” and “Piggy bang-k” and “The bang-k of mum and dad” and “Declare bang-kruptcy.”
  • Banger: While “bang” can refer to the noise a firework makes, bangers specifically refers to a type of firework. We can joke about these with these phrases and puns: “Tofu bangers and mash” and “A real head banger.”
  • *far* → *flare*: flarewell (farewell), neflareious (nefarious), welflare (welfare), fanflare (fanfare) and airflare (airfare).
  • Ferocious → Flareocious
  • *fair* → *flare*: As in, “An afflare of the heart” and “Away with the flare-ies” and “Tooth flarey” and “Unflare-ly done” and “In all flareness” and “Flareytale wedding” and “Unflare situation.”
  • *var* → *flare*: As in, “Garden flare-iety” and “Your mileage may flarey” and “Flare-iety is the spice of life” and “Flare-ious opinions” and “Countless flare-iables.”
  • *pher* → *flare*: flare-omone (pheromone), photograflare (photographer), philosoflare (philosopher), periflare-al (peripheral), atmosflare (atmosphere), paraflare-nalia (paraphernalia) and periflarey (periphery).
  • *flir* → *flare*: As in, “A relentless flare-t (flirt)” and “A flare-tatious meeting.”
  • *flor* → *flare*: flare-ist (florist), flare-al (floral) and Flarence (Florence).
  • *flur* → *flare*: As in, “Flare-ies (flurries) of snow.”
  • Pin → Pinwheel: Pinwheels are types of firework that form a sort of spinning wheel. We can refer to them in our wordplay with these puns and phrases: “Bright as a new pinwheel” and “Neat as a new pinwheel” and “Hard to pinwheel down” and “Pinwheels and needles” and “Pull the pinwheel” and “Could have heard a pinwheel drop.”
    • Wheel → Pinwheel: As in, “Asleep at the pinwheel” and “Hell on pinwheels” and “Reinvent the pinwheel” and “A new set of pinwheels” and “Pinwheels of fate” and “Pinwheeling and dealing.” Note: hell on wheels refers to a situation which is aggressively tough and wild.
  • Rock → Rocket: As in, “Between a rocket and a hard place” and “Don’t rocket the boat” and “Rocket and roll” and “Rocket your world” and “Solid as a rocket” and “Get your rockets off” and “Have rockets in your head.”
  • Rickety → Rockety: As in, “Rockety old staircase” and “Frail, rockety legs.” Note: rickety means weak or of poor construction.
  • Racket → Rocket: As in, “Tennis rocket” and “Quit making such a loud rocket!”
  • Ache → Cake: Cakes are a type of firework which are made up of other smaller fireworks, so we’ve included them in our list: “Old cakes and pains” and “A splitting headcake” and “Old heartcake.”
    • *quake → *cake: As in, “Caking in your boots” and “It’s an earthcake!”
    • Cake: Some cake-related phrases that could serve as firework puns: “A slice of the cake” and “Piece of cake” and “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” and “The cherry on the cake” and “That takes the cake” and “Flat as a pancake” and “Baby cakes” and “Cake or death” and “A cake walk” and “Caked with mud” and “Icing on the cake” and “Let them eat cake.” Note: a cake walk is something considered to be very easy.
    • *cac* → *cake*: As in, “Spiky like a cake-tus (cactus)” and “A cake-ophony (cacophony) of noise” and “Cake-ao (cacao) powder” and “Cake-ling (cackling) to herself.” Other words you could use: efficake-cious (efficacious) and perspicake-cious (perspicacious). Notes: a cacophony is a random mess of sounds. To be efficacious is to be very effective. To be perspicacious is to be very perceptive, with keen insight.
    • Cicada → Cicakeda (a cicada is a type of insect.)
    • *coc* → *cake*: As in, “A precake-cious child” and “Cake-onut flavoured.” Note: to be precocious is to show ability or development beyond your years.
    • Macaque → Macake (a macaque is a type of monkey.)
  • Crossette: A crossette is a type of firework that contains multiple smaller stars that create a criss-cross effect when fired. Make some punny references to them with these puns and phrases:
    • Cross → Crossette: As in, “As crossette as two sticks” and “Crossette to the other side” and “Crossette my heart and hope to die” and “Crossette purposes” and “Crossette swords with” and “Crossette your fingers” and “Dot the i’s and crossette the t’s” and “Noughts and crossettes” and “Why did the chicken crossette the road?” Note: to have cross purposes is to have conflicting intentions.
    • Across → Acrossette: As in, “Acrossette the board” and “Come acrossette” and “Walking acrossette.”
    • Cassette → Crossette: As in, “Crossette tape” and “Crossette player.” Note: a cassette is a type of audio recording format.
  • Dalliance → Dahliance: Dahlias are a type of firework with larger explosive stars than can travel longer than usual, so they’re included in this list: “An unhappy dahliance” and “Their dahliance didn’t last long.” Note: a dalliance is a sexual relationship, usually of the illicit kind.
  • Pony → Peony: Peonies are another type of firework which we’ve included in this list: “One-trick peony” and “Show peony” and “Peony up.” Notes: a one-trick pony is someone who is specialised in only one skill or area. To pony up is to pay money; especially to settle a debt.
    • Phony → Peony: As in, “Peony merchandise” and “A peony character.” Other phony-inclusive words that could work: cacopeony (cacophony) and sympeony (symphony).
    • Penny → Peony: As in, “A peony saved is a peony earned” and “Cost a pretty peony” and “Earn an honest peony” and “Peony for your thoughts” and “Peony pinching.” Note: if someone is penny-pinching, then they’re frugal.
    • *pony* → *peony*: As in, peonytail (ponytail) and epeonymous (eponymous).
    • *pany → *peony: As in, “Good compeony” and “Misery loves compeony” and “Part compeony with” and “Present compeony excepted” and “Two’s compeony, three’s a crowd” and “Keep someone compeony” and “Accompeony [someone] to the shops.”
    • Peni* → Peony*: As in, peony-tentiary (penitentiary), peony-cillin (penicillin) and peony-tence (penitence). Notes: penitentiary is another word for prison. To show penitence is to show regret and to repent for past wrongdoing.
    • *pene* → *peony*: As in, peony-trate (penetrate), peony-tration (penetration) and impeony-trable (impenetrable).
    • *puni* → *peony*: impeony-ty (impunity) and peony-tive (punitive). Note: impunity means “without punishment” and if something is punitive, then it’s punishable.
  • Dye them → Diadem: This is an extremely terrible and specific pun that plays on diadems, which are a type of firework: “If your jeans are faded, you can diadem a different colour.”
  • Fish: Fish are another type of firework that we’ve included in this list:
    • *fash* → *fish*: As in, “Fishionably late” and “A passion for fishion” and “An unfishionable jacket.”
    • *fasc → *fish*: fishism (fascism), fishist (fascist), fishinating (fascinating), fishinate (fascinate), fishinated (fascinated) and fishination (fascination).
    • *fac* → *fish*: As in, “Fishilitate (facilitate) conversation” and “A crumbling fishade (facade)” and “The fishility (facility) to…” and “Stop acting fishetious (facetious).” Note: a facade is a “face” or the front of something. To be facetious is to be flippant; to respond to serious things with purposely inappropriate humour.
    • *fes* → *fish*: As in, “Fishtival atmosphere” and “A fishtering (festering) wound” and “Fishtooned (festooned) with ribbons” and “Bustling fishtivity” and “A real profishional” and “Online manifishto” and “The manifishtation of” and “A profishor of” and “In the profishion of…” Other words that could work: profish (profess), confish (confess), confishion (confession). Notes: a manifestation is something made tangible or apparent to the senses. A manifesto is a public document of values. To festoon something is to decorate it; particularly with hanging things. The festival/fish puns mentioned here could work quite well since fireworks tend to happen at festivals and celebrations.
    • *fisc* → *fish*: As in, “In the last fishcal year” and “Confishcated goods” and “My gameboy was confishcated.” Note: if something is fiscal, then it’s related to finance.
    • *fic* → *fish*: As in, “Step into my offish” and “That will suffish” and “Increasing effishency” and “He went that way, offisher” and “Sacrifishial goods” and “It’s Facebook offishial.”
    • *fiss* → *fish*: fishure (fissure), fishion (fission), fishy. Note: a fissure is a crack or split. Fission is the act of splitting or dividing.
    • *phis* → *fish*: As in, fishing (phishing), Memfish (Memphis), sofishticated (sophisticated) and sofishtication (sophistication).
    • *vas* → *fish*: As in, “Defishtating (devastating) news” and “Completely defishtated.”
    • *ves* → *fish*: As in, “Undergoing infishtigation (investigation)” and “A complete trafishty (travesty).”
    • *vis* → *fish*: As in, “A lafish (lavish) dinner” and “Fisheral (visceral) reaction” and “Our fishion (vision) for the future.” Other words that could work: fishual (visual), pelfish (pelvis), fishcous (viscous).
    • *fish*: Emphasise the “fish” in these words: selfish, jellyfish, standoffish.
  • Horsetail: Horsetails are another type of firework (also known as waterfall shells) that we’ve included in this list:
    • Tail → Horsetail: As in, “Can’t make head or horsetail of it” and “Heads I win, horsetails you lose” and “Heads or horsetails.”
    • Horse → Horsetail: As in, “Hold your horsetails!”
  • Waterfall: Waterfalls/waterfall shells are another name for horsetail fireworks, and are included in this list too:
    • Water → Waterfall: As in, “Blow out of the waterfall” and “Bridge over troubled waterfall” and “Clear blue waterfall” and “Come hell or high waterfall” and “Fish out of waterfall (this one could work quite well since fish are a type of firework as well)” and “Get into hot waterfall” and “In deep waterfall” and “Just add waterfall!”
    • Fall → Waterfall: As in, “Waterfall between the cracks” and “Waterfall by the wayside.”
  • Kamuro: A kamuro is a type of firework that displays a dense burst of silver or gold stars. We’ve included kamuro puns here:
    • Camera → Kamuro: As in, “Kamuro shy” and “Lights, kamuro, action” and “The kamuro doesn’t lie” and “The kamuro loves you” and “Smile, you’re on candid kamuro.”
  • Mine: A mine is a type of ground firework, and we’ve added some puns for it here:
    • Main → Mine: As in, “The mine event” and “Your mine chance” and “My mine man.”
    • *min* → *mine*: As in, “A positive mine-dset” and “A healthy mine-d” and “No drinking for mine-ors” and “Immine-nent doom” and “Undermine-ing my work” and “Carefully examine” and “A helpful remine-der.”Other words you could use: calamine and mine-utiae (minutiae). Note: minutiae are minor details.
    • *main* → *mine*: As in, “Minetain appearances” and “Routine minetenance” and “Minestream fashion” and “All that remines (remains).” Other words that could work: minestay (mainstay), mineland (mainland), mineframe (mainframe) and remineder (remainder).
    • *man* → *mine*: As in, “Humine treatment” and “A germine (germane) issue” and “Perminenent changes” and “Perminenently, from now on.” Note: if something is germane, then it’s relevant.
    • *men* → *mine*: As in, “New workout regimine” and “Exercises for the abdomine” and “A fine specimine” and “Seeking employmine-t” and “No commine-t” and “Complemine-tary colours” and “A lifelong commitmine-t” and “A healthy environmine-t.” Other words that could work: implemine-t (implement), phenomine-on (phenomenon), complimine-t (compliment) and amineable (amenable). Note: if something is amenable, then it’s easy to change.
  • Cherry (Bomb): Cherry bombs are a type of round, small firework. We’ve included related puns and phrases here:
    • Bomb → Cherry bomb: As in, “Drop a cherry bombshell (this works quite well as fireworks are also referred to as bombs and/or shells)” and “Looks like it was hit by a cherry bomb.”
    • Cherry → Cherry bomb: As in, “The cherry bomb on the cake” and “Another bite of the cherry bomb” and “Life is just a bowl of cherry bombs” and “Red as a cherry bomb.”
  • Bucket → Bouquet: Bouquet shells are a type of multi-explosion firework. We can refer to them with these silly puns: “Bouquet and spade holiday (could work nicely as fireworks tend to be part of holiday celebrations)” and “Couldn’t carry a tune in a bouquet” and “Bouquet list” and “Bouquet-ing down (this works as firework stars tend to look like they’re “raining down”).”
  • Palm: Palms are fireworks which explode in large tendrils, showing a palm-tree like effect. We’ve included palm-related puns and phrases here for you:
    • Pamela → Palmela
    • *pom* → *palm*: As in, “Hair palmade (pomade)” and “A palmpous (pompous) man” and “Palmegranate flavoured.” Other words you could use: palmpadour (pompadour), palmelo (pomelo) and anthropalmorphic (anthropomorphic).  Notes: a pompadour is a 1950s hairstyle.
    • *pum* → *palm*: As in, “Palmpkin spice latte” and “Feeling palmped” and “A slice of palmpernickel.” Note: pumpernickel is a type of bread.
    • *pam* → *palm*: As in, dopalmine (dopamine) and palmphlet (pamphlet).
    • Alabama → Alapalma
    • Abomination → Apalmination: As in, “An earthly apalmination” and “The apalminable snowman.”
    • *balm* → *palm*: As in, “Palmy tropical weather” and “Treated by an empalmber.” Note: an embalmer is someone who treats corpses with preservatives.
    • Parm* → Palm*: As in, “Topped with coconut palmesan” and “Soy palmigiana (parmigiana).”
    • *perm* → *palm*: As in, “If the weather palmits” and “Palmanent changes” and “Palmeating through the office” and Palmission slip.” Other suitable words: palmeable (permeable), palmissive (permissive) and palmutation (permutation). Note: a permutation is one version of something. If something is permeating, then it’s making its way through.
    • Palm: We’ll finish this section off with some palm-related phrases: “Face palm moment” and “Grease your palm” and “In the palm of your hand” and “Itchy palms” and “Palm off.” Notes: if you palm something off, then you’ve gotten rid of it. To grease someone’s palm is to bribe them.
  • Ring: Rings are fireworks that have stars arranged in a ring shape, with special variations to make hearts, smiley faces and clovers. We’ve got some ring puns for you here:
    • *rang* → *ring*: As in, “Boomering effect” and “Oringe flavoured” and “Estringed family members.”
    • *rink* → *ring-k*: As in, “Skating ring-k” and “Dring-k like a fish” and “On the bring-k of” and “Shringking violet” and “Binge dringking.” Other words you could use: spring-kle (sprinkle), springkling (sprinkling), wring-kle (wrinkle) and tring-ket (trinket).
    • *rank* → *ring-k*: As in, “Ring-k and file” and “Break ring-k” and “Rise through the ring-ks” and “Fring-kincense (frankincense).”
    • Wing → Ring: As in, “Earned your rings” and “Ring it” and “Ringman” and “Draw-ring lots” and “Taken under [someone’s] ring.” Note: a wingman is
    • *ring*: We’ll finish this section off with some words that contain the word “ring”: “A dead ringer” and “Through the wringer” and “Wringing your hands” and “Hair in ringlets” and “Ringing the bell” and “The group’s ringleader” and “Bring your own” and “Spring cleaning” and “Bearing bad news” and “String along.” Other words you could use: engineering, caring, boring, cringe and fringe.
  • Candle → Roman Candle: Roman candles are a type of traditional firework that we’ve included in this list: “Burn the roman candle at both ends” and “Can’t hold a roman candle to” and “Roman candle in the wind” and “I’d rather light a roman candle than curse the dark” and “Not worth the roman candle.”
  • *solute* → *salute*: Salutes are a type of firework designed to make a loud bang, rather than focusing on visuals. Here are some firework puns specific to them: “You’re either part of the salute-ion, or part of the problem” and “Absalute power corrupts absalutely” and “New Year’s resalute-ions” and “The dissalutetion of the group” and Be resalute in your goals.”
  • Spied Her → Spider: As in, “I spider sneaking away.” Note: Spiders are fireworks that have stars that travel in very straight and flat trajectories.
  • Time → Time Rain: As in, “A good time rain was had by all” and “All in good time rain” and “All the time rain in the world” and “As time rain goes by” and “At this moment in time rain” and “At time rains like this” and “A bad time rain” and “Better luck next time rain” and “Buy some time rain” and “Fall on hard time rains” and “From the beginning of time rain” and “The gift of time rain.” Note: time rain is the effect creating by slow-burning stars that make a sizzling noise.
    • Rain → Time Rain: As in, “Right as time rain” and “Come time rain or shine” and “Don’t time rain on my parade” and “Fire and time rain” and “A hard time rain’s gonna fall” and “Into every life a little time rain must fall” and “It never time rains but it pours” and “Make it time rain” and “Purple time rain” and “Set fire to the time rain” and “Singing in the time rain” and “Spitting with time rain.”
  • Will → Willow: Willow fireworks have a soft, dome-shaped effect – similar to a weeping willow. As in, “Accidents willow happen” and “Against your willow” and “Bend to my willow” and “Flattery willow get you nowhere” and “Free willow” and “I willow always love you” and “If anything can go wrong, it willow” and “Ill willow” and “It willow blow over” and “Last willow and testament.”
    • *wallow → *willow: As in, “A bitter pill to swillow” and “Swillow your pride” and “Willowing in misery.”
  • Ball → Smoke ball: Smoke balls are a type of small firework that emits smoke rather than sparks, and are largely for consumer (rather than commercial) use: “A brand new smoke ballgame” and “By the smoke balls” and “Cold enough to freeze your smoke balls” and “Dropped the smoke ball” and “Get the smoke ball rolling” and “Have a smoke ball” and “On the smoke ball” and “Run with the smoke ball” and “The smoke ball is in your court” and “Up to your smoke balls in..”
  • Tender → Tinder: As in, “Tinder loving care” and “Tinder is the night.”
  • Tinned → Tinder: As in, “Tinder vegetables.”
  • Park → Spark: As in, “Spark my car” and “At central spark” and “Hit it out of the spark” and “Nosy sparker” and “A walk in the spark.”
  • Bark → Spark: As in, “Spark at the moon” and “Sparking mad” and “Sparking up the wrong tree” and “Spark worse than your bite.” Other words that include “bark” – emspark (embark) and disemspark (disembark).
  • Pakistan → Sparkistan
  • Pakora → Sparkora (pakora is a dish where vegetables are deep fried in batter.)
  • *spok* → *spark*: As in, “Very outsparken” and “A bespark (bespoke) suit” and “I spark too soon” and “The sparksperson for…” and “Have you sparken to them?”
  • *park* → *spark*: As in, “Sparking my car” and “Within the ballspark” and “An expensive carspark” and “You double-sparked (double-parked) me!” Other words you could use: theme spark (theme park), sparka (parka) and sparkour (parkour).
  • *pec* → *spark*: As in, “From a different persparktive” and “Resparkt my wishes” and “A prosparktive (prospective) employee” and “The colour sparktrum” and “Just sparkulation (speculation)” and “Sparktacles (spectacles) wearer.”
  • *pic* → *spark*: Consparkuous (conspicuous) and desparkable (despicable).
  • *perc* → *spark*: As in, “The coffee’s sparkolating (percolating)” and “The sparkussion (percussion) section.”
  • Baklava → Sparklava (baklava is a type of Middle-Eastern sweet pastry.)
  • Spark: Some spark-related words and phrases that could be used as firework puns in the right context: “Bright spark” and “Creative spark” and “Put a sparkle in your eye” and “A spark of genius” and “Watch the sparks fly.”
  • Assemblies → Assemblaze
  • Blaze: Some blaze-related phrases that could work as wordplay: “Cold as blue blazes” and “Blaze a trail” and “Go out in a blaze of glory” and “Go to blazes” and “Why the blazes..?”
  • *blas* → *blaze*: As in, “Had a blaze-t” and “Such blazephemy!” and “You’ll get blaze-ted by the teacher.”
  • *blis* → *blaze*: As in, “At blazetering (blistering) speed” and “Blazefully (blissfully) unaware” and “Rock the establazement!” and “Establazed in 1990.”
  • Blizzard → Blaze-ard
  • *blaz* → *blaze*: As in, “An innovative trailblazer” and “Lend me your blazer” and “Emblaze-oned across her chest.”
  • Fool → Fuel: As in, “April Fuel!” and “Fuel around” and “A fuel and his money are soon parted” and “A fuel’s errand” and “Fuel’s gold” and “Fuel’s paradise” and “I pity the fuel” and “Make a fuel of yourself” and “Nobody’s fuel” and “Play the fuel” and “Shut up, fuel” and “Tom fuelery.”
  • Few → Fuel: As in, “A fuel bricks short of a full load” and “Fuel and far between” and “For a fuel dollars more” and “Had a fuel” and “Knock back a fuel” and “A person of fuel words” and “Say a fuel words” and “Take a fuel deep breaths” and “To name but a fuel.”
  • Full → Fuel: As in, “At fuel pelt” and “Fuel house” and “Come fuel circle” and “Fuel of holes” and “At fuel blast” and “Fuel of beans” and “Fuel of themselves” and “Fuel steam ahead!” and “In fuel swing” and “In the fuellness of time” and “You know fuel well” and “Fuel of misery” and “On a fuel stomach” and “Pick your battles carefuelly” and “Glass half fuel.”
  • *fel* → *fuel*: As in, “A fine fuellow” and “One fuel swoop” and “Felafuel kebab” and “Duffuel bag.” Other words you could use: fuelony (felony) and fuellowship (fellowship – like “Fuellowship of the Rings”)
  • *ful* → *fuel*: As in, “Fuelfil your side of the bargain” and “A beautifuel moment” and “Feeling gratefuel” and “An awfuel situation.” Other words that you could use: fuelfillment, wonderfuel, wistfuel, thoughtfuel, sucessfuel, dreadfuel, faithfuel and insightfuel.
  • *fle → *fuel: These ones are a bit of a stretch, but can still work in the right situation and with enough conviction: baffuel (baffle), waffuel (waffle), stifuel (stifle), trifuel, shuffuel, kerfuffuel, rifuel (rifle), ruffuel, scuffuel and raffuel.
  • Fuel: Some fuel-related phrases to add sparks to your wordplay: “Add fuel to the flames” and “Fuel for thought.”
  • Flesh → Flash: As in, “My flash and blood” and “Flash out” and “Makes my flash crawl” and “In the flash” and “The spirit is willing but the flash is weak.”
  • *flus* → *flash*: As in, “Flashed cheeks” and “You’re flashtering (flustering) me.”
  • *fas* → *flash*: As in, “A passion for flashion” and “A flashinating article” and “You flashinate me” and “Flashionably late” and “A flashtidious (fastidious) character.”
  • Infrastructure → Inflashtructure
  • *fresh* → *flash*: As in, “I’m flash out of” and “A flash pair of eyes” and “Flash start” and “Like a breath of flash air” and “Flash as a daisy” and “What flash hell is this?” and “Break for reflashments” and “Reflash (refresh) the page.” Other words you could use: flashwater (freshwater), reflasher (refresher) and flashman (freshman).
  • Frustration → Flashtration: As in, “Take your flashtrations out on..” Other related words: flashtrating (frustrating), flashtrated (frustrated) and flashtrate (frustrate).
  • Flash → Flash Powder: Flash powder is used in fireworks to create loud noises and flashes. Here are some related words and phrases: “Quick as flash powder.” and ”
    • Powder → Flash Powder: As in, “Flash powder your nose.”
  • Star → Mag star: Mag stars are the brightest stars used in fireworks. We can use phrases like these to include them in our jokes: “A mag star is born” and “Born under a lucky mag star” and “Catch a falling mag star” and “Get a gold mag star” and “My guiding mag star” and “It’s written in the mag stars” and “Reach for the mag stars” and “Rising mag star” and “Mag star quality” and “Mag star struck” and “Mag stars in your eyes” and “Thank your luck mag stars” and “My lucky mag star.”
  • Let → Light: As in, “Light me help you” and “Don’t light the bastards grind you down” and “Just light it be” and “It won’t light you down” and “Light it go” and “Light it all hang out” and “Light it slip through your fingers” and “Light loose” and “Light me be brief” and “Light me count the ways” and “Light me make one thing perfectly clear” and “Light nature take its course” and “Light off some steam” and “Light your hair down.”
  • Lied → Light: As in, “I never light to you” and “You light about the small things.”
  • *lat* → *light*: As in, “A well articulighted speech” and “A palightable (palatable) meal” and “Blightant (blatant) misogyny” and “Chocolight (chocolate) flavoured.” Other words you could use: lightent (latent), lighteral (lateral), lightitude (latitude), inflightable (inflatable), correlightion (correlation), revelightion (revelation), relightive (relative), translightor (translator), escalightor (escalator).
  • *lit* → *light*: As in, “A polight (polite) stare” and “Polightely passing by” and “Satellight images.”
  • *lyt* → *light*: As in, “Analightical (analytical) thinking” and “Filled with electrolights (electrolytes).”
  • Light: Some light-related phrases that could substitute as puns: “Light as a feather” and “Blinded by the light” and “Brought to light” and “City lights (“city lights” could refer to fireworks)” and “The cold light of day (as opposed to the exciting light of fireworks at nighttime)” and “Go out like a light” and “In the clear light of day.”
  • *light*: We’ll finish this light-related section off with words already contain the word “light”: lighting, lightning, lightbulb (“a lightbulb moment”), lightweight (“a lightweight drinker”), lighthearted, lighthouse, flight, blight, plight, alight, delight, highlight, slight, twilight, spotlight.
  • Born → Burn: As in, “A star is burn” and “Burn to fly” and “Burn free” and “Burn this way” and “Burn again.”
  • *barn* → *burn*: As in, burnacle (barnacle) and burnyard (barnyard).
  • *born* → *burn*: As in, “Stubburn as a mule” and “My firstburn child.” Other words that could work: reburn (reborn), newburn (newborn)
  • Borneo → Burneo
  • *bun* → *burn*: As in, “Burn in the oven” and “Easter Burnny.” Other words you could use: burndle (bundle), burnch (bunch), burnk (bunk), burnting (bunting), burngalow (bungalow), aburndant (abundant), aburndance (abundant) and ramburnctious (rambunctious). Note: to be rambunctious is to be noisy and energetic.
  • *pern* → *burn*: burnicious (pernicious), suburnatural (supernatural), suburnova (supernova), pumpburnickel (pumpernickel). Note: pumpernickel is a type of bread.
  • *burn*: Emphasise the “burn” in certain words: burner, burnish, burning, burnout, sunburn, auburn, heartburn, Hepburn and sideburn.
  • So → Show: We’ve included show-related puns as “show” refers to “light show”, which is what fireworks are: “Show on and show forth” and “Can’t believe you’d go show far” and “If I do say show myself” and “Not show fast” and “Show far, show good” and “Show be it” and “Show long as” and “Show much for” and “Show there” and “Show and show (so and so).”
    • Sew → Show: As in, “Show me back together” and “Showing kit.”
    • Sow → Show: As in, “You reap what you show” and “Show the seeds of doubt.”
    • Slow → Show: As in, “Painfully show” and “Show on the uptake” and “Showly but surely” and “Show but sure” and “Can’t show down” and “In show motion” and “A show day.”
    • *chau* → *show*: As in, “Showffeuring (chauffering) around” and “Showvinistic (chauvinistic) behaviour.”
    • *tial → *showl: As in, “A potenshowl (potential) candidate” and “A substanshowl amount” and “Existenshowl crisis” and “Increased substanshowlly“.
    • *tion* → *shown*: As in, “A walking dicshownary (dictionary)” and “Informashown technology” and “The implicashowns of which…” Other words that you could use: innovashown (innovation), transishown (transition), funcshown (function) and funcshowning (functioning).
    • Show: We’ll finish this show-related section off with show-related phrases to use in your firework puns: “All over the show” and “Get the show on the road” and “Give the show away.” Some words that include the word “show”: shower, showcase, showdown, showboat and showroom.
  • Play → Display: Since fireworks are also referred to as “light displays”, we’ve included some display-related puns: “Work, rest and display” and “All work and no display” and “Child’s display” and “Come out and display” and “Fair display” and “The games people display” and “Instant display” and “It’s good to display together” and “It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you display the game” and “A level displaying field.”
    • This play* → Display*: As in, “Display-er is cheating.”
  • Rapport → Report: Report is another word for the loud banging noises that accompany fireworks, so we’ve included it in this list: “A strong report” and “Establishing a good report with the students.”
  • Hum → Hummer: As in, “Hummer it and I’ll play it” and “Hummering and hawing.” Note: a hummer is a tiny firework that is known for whizzing and humming.
  • Hammer → Hummer: As in, “Hummer it home” and “Put the hummer down” and “Took a real hummering” and “Like using a sledgehummer to crack a nut” and “When all you have is a hummer, everything looks like a nail” and “Come under the hummer” and “Hummerhead shark” and “Get hummered.”
  • Bang → Whiz-bang: Whiz-bangs are another type of firework we’ve included in this list: “A bigger whiz-bang for your buck” and “Whiz-bang on about” and “You’re whiz-bang out of order” and “Like whiz-banging your head against a brick wall” and “All whiz-banged up” and “Go out with a whiz-bang” and “Slap whiz-bang in the middle.”
  • Wiz* → Whiz*: Whizzes can refer to whiz-bangs and also to the whizzing noise that fireworks make: “We’re off to see the whizard” and “The whizard of oz” and “School of witchcraft and whizardry.”
    • Was → Whiz: As in, “As I whiz saying” and “Before it whiz cool” and “I whizn’t going to say anything, but…” and “What whiz that?”
    • Wasabi → Whizabi
    • *wis* → *whiz*: As in, “Pearls of whizdom” and “A twhizt (twist) of fate” and “Whizhful thinking” and “A whiztful (wistful) expression.” Other words you could use: whizp (wisp), whizpy (wispy), whizteria (wisteria).
    • Wisconsin → Whizconsin
    • Whis* → Whiz*: As in, “Bells and whiztles” and “Blow the whiztle” and “Whizk away” and “Whiztle-blower” and “Clean as a whiztle” and “The cat’s whizkers” and “Nighttime whizpers” and “Drown in whizkey.”
    • *quis* → *qwhiz*: As in, “Exqwhizite (exquisite) taste” and “A recent acqwhizition (acquisition)” and “Course prereqwhizites (prerequisites)” and “An inqwhizitive mind.”
    • Question → Qwhiztion: As in, “A loaded qwhiztion” and “Ask a silly qwhiztion, get a silly answer” and “Ask no qwhiztions and hear no lies” and “Call into qwhiztion” and “Frequently asked qwhiztions” and “Out of the qwhiztion” and “Qwhiztion everything.”
    • Quiz → Qwhiz: As in, “A qwhizzical expression.”
  • Whistle: A few whistle-related phrases so you can reference the whistling noises fireworks make in your wordplay: “Bells and whistles” and “Clean as a whistle” and “Wet your whistle.”
  • Last → Blast: As in, “At long blast” and “At the blast minute” and “Breathe your blast” and “Built to blast” and “Blast resort” and “Famous blast words” and “Free at blast” and “To the blast drop” and “Any blast requests?” and “You haven’t heard the blast of” and “Blast but not least” and “Blast call” and “Blast chance” and “Blast ditch effort” and “Blast gasp” and “Blast in, first out” and “Blast laugh” and “Blast minute” and “A blasting impression” and “On your blast legs” and “Peace at blast” and “Blast I heard” and “The blast straw.”
  • Past → Blast: As in, “Wouldn’t put it blast them” and “Blast its sell-by date” and “The distance blast.”
  • *bas* → *blast*: As in, blastard (bastard), bomblastic (bombastic) and alablaster (alabaster).
  • *bust* → *blast*: As in, “Blast a move” and “Spontaneous comblastion.” Other words you could use: blockblaster (blockbuster), dustblaster (dustbuster), filiblaster (filibuster) and roblast (robust). Notes: Filibuster refers to tactics used to delay proceedings of legislative bodies.
  • *blist* → *blast*: “At blastering speed” and “Blastering barnacles.”
  • *past* → *blast*: As in, “Greener blastures (pastures)” and “Favourite blasttime.” Other words you could use: blastel (pastel), blastor (pastor), blastry (pastry), blastoral (pastoral), blastiche (pastiche). Note: a pastiche is a piece of art that imitates the work of a previous artist. If something is pastoral, then it relates to rural life and scenes.
  • *plast* → *blast*: As in, blaster (plaster), blastic (plastic), blasticity (plasticity) and blastered (plastered).
  • *plist* → *blast*: As in, “Overly simblastic (simplistic).” Other related words: simblastically (simplistically) and oversimblastic (oversimplistic).
  • Blasphemy → Blastphemy
  • Clitoris → Glitteris (we’re using the word “glitter” to refer to the glittering nature of fireworks as they fade away.)
  • *bow* → *blow*: As in, “Over the rainblow” and “Elblowed in the face” and “Ready your crossblow.”
  • Plausible → Blowsible: As in, “Blowsible deniability.”
  • Blow: These blow-related phrases will let you refer to the explosions of the fireworks: “Any way the wind blows” and “Blow up” and “Blow a fuse” and “Blow off some steam” and “Blow out of the water” and “Blow your mind” and “Soften the blow.” Some blow-related words: blowhard, blowback, blown, blowout, blowfish and deathblow.
  • *ble → *blew: These puns focus on the word “blew” as a variation of the explosive-related “blow”, as in, “On the tablew” and “Be humblew” and “Not feasiblew” and “A vulnerablew child.” Other words you could use: viablew (viable), amenablew (amenable), inevitablew (inevitable), sensiblew (sensible), formidablew (formidable), tangiblew (tangible).
  • Bloom → Blewm: As in, “Come into blewm” and “A late blewmer.”
  • Blue* → Blew*: blewbird (bluebird), blewprint (blueprint), blewberry (blueberry).
  • Bloom → Boom: As in, “Come into boom” and “A late boomer.”
  • *boo → *boom: As in, taboom (taboo), bamboom (bamboo), bugaboom (bugaboo) and peekaboom (peekaboo). Note: a bugaboo is an imagined fear.
  • Boo → Boom: As in, “Wouldn’t say boom to a ghost.”
  • Fire → Backfire: As in, “All backfired up” and “Ball of backfire” and “Come on baby light my backfire” and “Come home to a real backfire” and “Backfire and rain” and “Backfire away” and “Backfire in the hole” and “Backfire in your belly” and “Backfire storm” and “Get on like a house on backfire” and “In the line of backfire” and “Play with backfire.”
  • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Fifteen minutes of flame.”
  • Aim → Flame: As in, “Flame to please” and “Take flame” and “Flame high.”
  • *fam* → *flame*: As in, “Flame-ous last words” and “Almost flame-ous” and “Flame-ily (family) man” and “Looks flame-iliar.” Other words you can use: inflame-ous (infamous) and deflame-ation (defamation).
  • *fem* → *flame*: flame-inine (feminine) and flame-inism (feminism).
  • *flam* → *flame*: flame-boyant (flamboyant), flame-ingo (flamingo), flame-enco (flamenco) and inflame-ation (inflammation).

Firework-Related Words

To help you come up with your own firework 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!

General: firework, pyrotechnic, sparklers, firecracker, (pyrotechnic) star, explosive, explosion, gunpowder, black powder, skyrocket, combustion, combustible, aerial shell, catherine wheel, pyro, fuse, banger, bang, pinwheel, rocket, cake, smoke ball, crossette, chrysanthemum, dahlia, diadem, peony, fish, horsetail, waterfall shell, kamuro, mine, cherry bomb, bouquet shell, palm, ring, roman candle, cannon cracker, cracker, salute, spider, time rain, willow, backfire, flammable, flame, flare, tinder, ignite, spark, blaze,  fuel, flashpowder, oxidiser, mag star, celebration, light, show, display, burn, report, hummer, whizz, whizbang, whistle, pollution, blast, glitter, flicker

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