Valentine’s Day Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on Valentine’s Day puns! 💘 😘 🍬

While Valentine’s Day may be celebrated differently in every country, it always has the same meaning: a celebration of love. While Valentine’s Day may have originated from a recognition of romantic love specifically, today we celebrate and appreciate all of the different types of loves we experience in our lives, including that felt between family and friends – even teachers will get platonic Valentine’s gifts from students, and Galentine’s day (where women celebrate their female friendships, recognised on the 13th of Feb) is becoming more popular too.

In past years, Valentine’s Day celebrations have excluded love that doesn’t fit a romantic heterosexual stereotype. Many cultures and countries are slowly becoming more aware and accepting of all types of love from all types of people, and that’s what we hope to celebrate with our cheesy, lovey-dovey pun list. Whether you’re gay, bi, poly, aromantic, demigray, non-binary, homoromantic but heterosexual, or in the process of figuring things out, we welcome you here and hope that you enjoy our Valentine’s Day pun list.

While this list is as thorough as we could make it, it is specific to puns relating to Valentine’s Day. We also have lists of chocolate puns and holiday puns, and have a lists of love puns and friendship puns in the works too!

Note: if you’d like social support, here’s a list of LGBT rights organisations. For social support, there’s TherapyTribe, who specialise in LGBTQ mental health.  If you’d like to learn more, there’s the LGBT Foundation.

Valentine’s Day 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 Valentine’s Day 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 Valentine’s Day puns:

  • Alive → Alove: As in, “Alove and kicking” and “Alove and well” and “Eaten alove” and “Half alove” and “Keep hope alove.”
  • Live → Love: As in, “Love and let die” and “Love your life” and “Love and learn” and “Love dangerously” and “Love for the moment” and “Love like a king” and “Love long and prosper” and “Love to fight another day.”
  • Laugh → Love: As in, “Belly love” and “Burst out love-ing” and “Doubled up with loveter” and “Fall about love-ing” and “Good for a love” and “Have a love” and “Split your sides with loveter.”
  • Left → Loved: As in, “Exit stage loved” and “Loved the building” and “Keep loved” and “Loved hanging” and “Loved out in the cold” and “Loved, right and centre” and “Loved to your own devices” and “Out of loved field” and “Two loved feet.”
  • Is → Kiss: As in, “As kiss” and “As the day kiss long” and “This kiss how it is.”
  • Guess → Kiss: As in, “Anybody’s kiss” and “Kiss who’s coming to dinner” and “Kiss what?” and “Kissing game” and “Have a kiss” and “Hazard a kiss” and “Your kiss is as good as mine.”
  • Kismet → Kissmet
  • Ruckus → Ruckiss
  • Hog → Hug: As in, “Go the whole hug” and “Hug tied” and “Hug wild.”
  • *cas* → *kiss*: If a word has a “cas” sound in it, we can replace it with “kiss” to make some love-related puns. As in, “A kisscade of water” and “Smart kissual” and “At the kissino.”
  • Crystal → Kisstal: As in, “The finest kisstal” and “Clear as kisstal.”
  • *cus → *kiss/es: Replace “cus” sounds with “kiss” to make some silly romantic puns. As in, “Don’t lose fokiss (focus)” and “Lokiss of control (locus)” and “Filled with mukiss (mucus).” Other words you could use: caukiss (caucus), cirkiss/es (circus/es), abakiss (abacus), hibiskiss (hibiscus), hokiss (hocus).
  • *hag* → *hug*: As in, “A huggard appearance” and “Huggle over the price.”
  • *hog* → *hug*: As in, “Mahugany table” and “Chocolate hedgehug.”
  • *hec* → *hug*: hugtic (hectic), hugkle (heckle), Hugtor (Hector), hugtare (hectare) and apothugary (apothecary).
  • *hic* → *hug*: “Please step out of the vehugle (vehicle)” and “The wrong demographug” and “Ethugal decisions.”
  • Cattle → Cuddle: As in, “Cuddle show.”
  • Puddle → Cuddle: As in, “Melt into a cuddle.”
  • Muddle → Cuddle: As in, “Cuddle headed” and “Cuddle along.”
  • Blurt → Flirt: As in, “Flirt it out” and “Flirt out the first thing that comes to mind.”
  • Hurt → Flirt: As in, “You only flirt the one you love” and “What you don’t know can’t flirt you” and “The truth flirts” and “Do you really want to flirt me?” and “Flirt feelings.”
  • *flat* → *flirt*: flirtter (flatter), flirtulence (flatulence), flirttery (flattery), flirttered (flattered) and inflirte (inflate).
  • Leaflet → Leaflirt
  • *flot* → *flirt*: flirtsam (flotsam), flirtilla (flotilla) and flirtation (flotation).
  • *fert* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirtile land” and “The right flirtiliser” and “Flirtility tests” and “In vitro flirtilisation” and “Inflirtile by choice.”
  • *fort* → *flirt*: As in, “Maximum efflirt” and “Creature comflirts” and “Filled with discomflirt” and “Mental flirtitude” and “Fame and flirtune” and “Living comflirtably” and “A flirtuitous situation” and “Every flirtnight.”
  • *furt* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirtive looks” and “Moving flirtively.” Note: to be furtive is to be secretive or stealthy.
  • *skirt* → *flirt*: As in, “Flirting the issue.”
  • Luck → Like: As in, “As good like would have it” and “Beginner’s like” and “Better like next time” and “Don’t push your like” and “Hard like.”
  • *lac* → *like*: As in, “A like-onic response” and “Looking likelustre.” Other words that could work: like-adaisical (lackadaisical), likey (lackey), shellike (shellac), cadillike (cadillac), plike-ate (placate).
  • *lec* → *like*: As in, “Giving a liketure” and “Standing at the liketern” and “University liketurer” and “Ecliketic taste” and “Building your colliketion” and “Refliket on your behaviour.” Other words that could work: infliketion (inflection), refliketion (reflection), apopliketic (apoplectic), dialiketic (dialectic), intelliketual (intellectual), negliket (neglect) and colliket (collect). Notes: to be apoplectic is to be furiously angry. A dialectic is a formal system of reasoning or logic.
  • *lic* → *like*: like-orice (licorice), republike (republic), bucolike (bucolic), publike (public), relike (relic), catholike (catholic), idyllike (idyllic), frolike (frolic), hyperbolike (hyperbolic), vitriolike (vitriolic), implike-ation (implication), confliket (conflict), applikeation (application).
  • *lyc* → *like*: likera (lycra) and like-anthrope (lycanthrope).
  • Crash → Crush: As in, “Crush and burn” and “Crush course” and “Crush pad” and “Train crush.”
  • Rush → Crush: As in, “Beat the crush” and “A crush job” and “Crush of blood” and “Sugar crush” and “In a mad crush.”
  • Cross → Crush: As in, “Acrush the board” and “Come acrush” and “Crush as two sticks” and “Crush to the other side” and “Crush my heart and hope to die” and “Crush purposes” and “Crush swords with” and “Crush the line” and “Crush your fingers” and “Crush your mind” and “Double crush.”
  • *lav* → *love*: If a word has a “lav” sound that’s similar to “love”, we can replace it with “love”: “Molten love-a (lava)” and “Love-ished with gifts” and “Lovender scented” and “Where’s the love-atory?” and “Love-ishly presented.”
  • *lev* → *love*: We can sneak “love” into words that have a “lev” sound: “Use your loverage” and “On the same lovel” and “A love-iathan for your love” and “A malovelent being” and “That’s not a relove-ant topic.” Other words that could work: allove-iate (alleviate), clover (clever), irreloveant (irrelevant).
  • *liv* → *love*: loving (living), love-id (livid), lovely (lively), lovelihood (livelihood), lovestock (livestock), delover (deliver), delovery (delivery), oblove-ious (oblivious), oblove-ion (oblivion), olove (olive).
  • *lef* → *love*: As in, “What’s lovet (left)?” and “Eating lovetovers.”
  • *lif* → *love*: lovestyle (lifestyle), lovelong (lifelong), lovetime (lifetime), lovespan (lifespan), loveline (lifeline), lovecycle (lifecycle), loveguard, lovesaver, prolove-ic (prolific), proloveration (proliferation), exemplovey (exemplify), qualovey (qualify).
  • Loft* → Lovet*: As in, “A lovety goal” and “Artist’s lovet.”
  • Cus* → Crush*: As in, “A happy crushtomer” and “Cultural crushtom” and “In crushtody” and “Crushtoms officer” and “Sole crushtodian” and “A crushtomary ritual.”
  • Cross* → Crush*: crushbreed (crossbreed), crushover, crushword, crushroad, crushhairs, crush-section.
  • Hurt → Heart: As in, “You only heart the one you love” and “What you don’t know can’t heart you.”
  • Hate → Heart: As in, “Heart mail” and “Love-heart relationship” and “Man hearter” and “Heart someone’s guts.”
  • Art → Heart: As in, “Heart of war” and “Heart imitating life” and “Heart going one step too far”and “Heartistic triumph” and “Hearts and crafts” and “Hearty farty.”
  • Chart → Cheart: As in, “Cheart a course” and “Growth flowchearts.”
  • *het* → *heart*: hearterosexual (heterosexual), epitheart (epithet), propheart (prophet) and apatheartic (apathetic).
  • Bait → Date: As in, “Date and switch” and “Click date” and “Rise to the date” and “Take the date.”
  • *dat* → *date*: As in, “In the date-a” and “Check the date-aset” and “Charity foundate-tion” and “Mandate-ory sentencing.”
  • *det* → *date*: As in, “Date-termining your best options” and “Down to the last date-tail” and “More date-termined than ever.” Other words that could work: date-trimental (detrimental), date-teriorate (deteriorate) and cadate (cadet).
  • *dit* → *date*: As in, “Credate check” and “Audate (audit) appointment.” Other words you could try: bandate (bandit), discredate (discredit), expedate (expedite), erudate (erudite) and commodatey (commodity). Note: if someone is erudite, then they are learned or scholarly.
  • *dot* → *date*: As in, “A tired anecdate” and “Anecdate-al evidence” and “A universal antidate” and “Peridate jewelry.”
  • *did → *date: “Candate camera” and “The sordate truth” and “Splendate effort.”
  • *dating: We can simply emphasise the “dating” in certain words to make references to romantic dates: accommodating, intimidating, elucidating, updating, validating, consolidating and backdating.
  • Woo: To woo someone is to court or romance them, so we’ve got some woo-related puns here:
    • Who → Woo: As in, “Abandon all hope ye woo enter here” and “All things to those woo wait” and “Woo’s coming to dinner?” and “Ladies woo lunch.”
    • Boo → Woo: As in, “Woo hoo” and “Wouldn’t say woo to a ghost.”
    • Rue → Woo: As in, “Woo the day!”
    • Too → Woo: As in, “A step woo far” and “About time, woo” and “Woo sexy for my shirt” and “Never woo late” and “You know woo much” and “All over woo soon.”
    • Two → Woo: As in, “Alike as woo peas in a pod” and “Cross as woo sticks” and “In woo minds” and “Eating for woo.”
    • View → Woo: As in, “Room with a woo” and “Bird’s eye woo” and “Come into woo” and “A dim woo” and “Point of woo” and “How’s the woo from the top?”
    • You → Woo: As in, “As woo know” and “Back at woo” and “Believe woo me” and “Bless woo.”
    • *rue* → *woo*: wooful (rueful), woofully (ruefully), accwoo (accrue), twoo (true), constwoo (construe), miscontwoo (misconstrue) and gwoosome (gruesome).
    • *wo* → *woo*: As in, “Get to woork” and “The final woord” and “Out of this woorld” and “What woould you do?” Other words that could work: woonky (wonky), woorth (worth) and woolf (wolf).
    • *wou* → *woo*: As in, “You woond (wound) me” and “Could have, woold have, should have” and “Feeling woonded.”
    • Wing → Wooing: As in, “Clip your wooings” and “Earned their wooings” and “Gives you wooings” and “Left wooing” and “Spread your wooings.”
  • Adversary → Anniversary
  • Field → Feel: As in, “In the feeld” and “A feeld day” and “From left feeld” and “Play the feeld” and “A level playing feeld.”
  • Heal → Feel: As in, “Feeling hands” and “Time is a great feeler.”
  • Deal → Feel: As in, “Not a big feel” and “Cut a feel” and “Feel breaker” and “Feel from the bottom of the deck” and “Feel me in” and “Feel or no feel?” and “A done feel” and “Seal the feel.”
  • Fuel → Feel: As in, “Add feel to the flames” and “Feel for thought” and “Feel the controversy.”
  • Heel → Feel: As in, “Achilles’ feel” and “Cool your feels” and “Dig your feels in” and “Head over feels in love” and “Hot on your feels.”
  • *fel* → *feel*: As in, “My good feellow” and “Charged feelony” and “I feelt that.” Other words that could work: feelicity (felicity), feellowship (fellowship), feellatio (fellatio), feelicitous, feeline, feelon, feelafel (or felafeel), duffeel and Eiffeel.
  • *fil* → *feel*: As in, “Action feelm” and “Instagram feelter.” Other words you can try: feelibuster (filibuster), feelial (filial), feelthy (filthy), feelament (filament), fulfeel (fulfil) and affeeliate (affiliate).
  • *ful → *feel: beautifeel, gratefeel, awfeel, wonderfeel, wistfeel, thoughtfeel, successfeel, dreadfeel, faithfeel and insightfeel.
  • *val* → *feel*: As in, “An ambifeelent mind” and “Prefeelent issues” and “Let me efeeluate.” Other words you could try: cafeelier (cavalier) and equifeelent.
  • *vel* → *feel*: As in, “With increasing feelocity” and “Chocolate feelvet” and “Your lefeel best” and “Ambition to trafeel (travel)” and “Unrafeeling lies.” Other words you could try: marfeel (marvel), grafeel (gravel), drifeel (drivel), defeelop (develop), defeelopment (development), nofeel (novel) and enfeelope (envelope).
  • *vil* → *feel*: feellain (villain), feelify (villify), feellage (village), cifeel (civil), efeel (evil), defeel (devil), prifeelege (privilege), cifeelisation (civilisation) and pafeelion (pavilion).
  • *field* → *feeld*: As in, “Feelding your questions” and “Research and feeldwork” and “On the battlefeeld.”
  • Ceiling → Feeling: As in, “Glass feeling” and “Hit the feeling.”
  • Wheeling → Feeling: As in, “Feeling and dealing.”
  • Dinner: Since dinner dates are a popular option for Valentine’s Day, we’ve included dinner-related puns here too:
    • Inner → Dinner: As in, “Dinner city” and “Dinner peace” and “Dinner sanctum” and “My dinner voice.”
    • *den → *dinner: As in, “Beast of burdinner” and “Gardinner of earthly delights” and “Garden of Edinner.” Other words that could also work: maidinner (maiden), beholdinner (beholden), goldinner (golden) and wardinner (warden).
  • Bore → Adore: As in, “Adore the pants off someone” and “Adored stiff” and “Adored to death” and “Adored out of your mind.”
  • *dar* → *adore*: As in, “Deep, adore-k secret” and “If you adore (dare)” and “Eyes adore-ting (darting) around the room.”
  • *der* → *adore*: adore-ive (derive), adore-ivative (derivative), adore-rogatory (derogatory), adore-rision (derision), adore-lict (derelict), adore-ide (deride), adore-ranged (deranged) and adore-risive (derisive).
  • *dir* → *adore*: As in, “Ships adorect from the warehouse” and “Point in the right adore-ction” and “Adore-ctor of photography” and “Down and adore-ty” and “Dish the adore-t.” Other words that could work: adorective (directive), adorectory (directory) and adorectly (directly).
  • *dor* → *adore*: As in, “Lying adoremant” and “Don’t be adorek (a dork)” and “Finding Adorey” and “Girl’s only adore-mitory” and “Adoresal fin.” Other words you could try: ambassadore and corri-adore (corridor).
  • Kitte → Smitten: As in, “Smitten heels” and “Sex smitten.”
  • Written → Smitten: As in, “Smitten all over your face” and “Smitten off.”
  • Bitten → Smitten: As in, “Smitten by the bug” and “Once smitten, twice shy.”
  • Sittin’ → Smitten: As in, “A smitten duck” and “Smitten pretty.”
  • Rose: Roses are a traditionally romantic gift that are commonly given on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve included some rose-related puns in this list:
    • Rouse → Rose: “Rose your interest.”
    • Rise → Rose: As in, “Early roser” and “Rose and shine” and “Rose from the ashes” and “Rose to the challenge.”
    • Raise → Rose: As in, “Rose the bar” and “Rose the dead” and “Rose your game.”
    • Rows → Rose: As in, “Rose upon rose” and “Rose of chairs.”
    • *ras* → *rose*: rosecal (rascal), rosepberry (raspberry), sassafrose (sassafras), pythagorose (pythagoras) and infrosetructure (infrastructure).
    • *res* → *rose*: As in, “Rose-search and development” and “Steely rose-olve” and “Equal reprosentation” and “Deserves rosepect.” Other words you could use: roseume (resume), rose-ponse (response), rose-silient (resilient), roset (rest), rose-olution (resolution), rose-ilience (resilience), interoset (interest), comprose (comprise), heurosetic (heuristic) and enterprose (enterprise).
    • *ros* → *rose*: As in, “Work roseter” and “Like a charging rhinocerose” and “Come acrose” and “An exciting prosepect” and “A grose miscalculation” and “Prosepective buyer.”
    • *rus* → *rose*: As in, “A rosetic (rustic) dinner” and “Filled with roset (rust)” and “See what I can rosetle up.” Other words that could work: Rose-sian (Russian), thesaurose (thesaurus), virose (virus), chorose (chorus), papyrose (papyrus), uterose (uterus), citrose (citrus) and perose-al.
    • Froze → Frose
    • *roce* → *rose*: As in, “In the prose-cess of” and “You may prose-ceed” and “International atrose-cities” and “Standard prose-cedure.”
    • *rows* → *rose*: As in, “Raise your eyebrose” and “Bows and arrose” and “Free throse.” Other words that could work: furrose (furrows), crose (crows), sorrose (sorrows), narrose (narrows).
    • *roas* → *rose*: As in, “Roset vegies” and “Rosety in here.”
    • *rous* → *rose*: onerose (onerous), ludicrose (ludicrous), preposterose (preposterous), generose (generous), cantankerose (cantankerous), rigorose (rigorous), treacherose (treacherous), amorose (amorous), carose-sel (carousel).
  • Yearn: For you to best convey your affections and longings in the most terrible way possible, we have some yearn/yearning related puns for you:
    • Yarn → Yearn: “Yearn bombing” and “Spin a yearn.”
    • *yan* → *yearn*: himalayearn (himalayan), cyearn (cyan), conveyearnce (conveyance), flamboyearnt (flamboyant), buoyearnt (buoyant), clairvoyearnt (clairvoyant).
    • *yon* → *yearn*: Canyearn (canyon), crayearn (crayon), rayearn (rayon) and beyearnd (beyond).
  • Motion → Emotion: As in, “Emotion picture” and “Going through the emotions” and “Poetry in emotion” and “Set in emotion” and “Slow emotion” and “The emotion of the ocean.”
  • Notion → Emotion: As in, “I second that emotion.”
  • Fend → Fond: As in, “Fond for yourself” and “Fond off” and “Fonder bender.”
  • Fund → Fond: As in, “Crowd fonding” and “Hedge fond” and “Mutual fond” and “Slush fond.”
  • Fun → Fond: As in, “All fond and games” and “All the fond of the fair” and “Bundle of fond” and “Good, clean fond.”
  • Fawned → Fond: As in, “Fond over.”
  • *fand* → *fond*: fondango (fandango), fondom (fandom) and fondangle (fandangle).
  • *fend* → *fond*: As in, “Didn’t mean to offond” and “Came to defond you” and “The defondant.”
  • *fund* → *fond*: fondamental (fundamental), fondraising (fundraising), fondamentally (fundamentally) and refond (refund).
  • Flowers: Flowers in general (not just roses) are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, so we’ve included them in this list:
    • Flow → Flower: As in, “Ebb and flower” and “Get the creative juices flowering” and “Go with the flower” and “In full flower.”
    • Hour → Flower: “Happy flower” and “A late flower” and “In a few flowers.”
    • Flaw → Flower: As in, “Design flower” and “Vital flower.”
    • Floor → Flower: As in, “Cross the flower” and “Hold the flower” and “Mop the flower” and “Wipe the flower with” and “The top flower.”
  • Gave → Gift: As in, “I gift my best.”
  • Give → Gift: As in, “A dead giftaway,” and “Don’t gift up!” and “Don’t gift in,” and “Gift yourself a bad name,” and “Gift them a hand,” and “Gift and take,” and “Gift credit where credit is due,” and “Gift it a rest,” and “Gift it the green light,” and “Gift me a call,” and “Gift 110%”.
  • Percent → Present: As in, “A hundred and ten present,” and “Genius is one present inspiration and 99 present perspiration.”
  • Present: We’ve included present-related phrases in this list too, as they can double as puns in the right thread or context. As in, “All present and correct,” and “Present company excepted,” and “No time like the present.”
  • Poem: Love poems are a much-loved gift on Valentine’s Day, so we’ve got some poem-related puns here:
    • *pom* → *poem*: As in, “Poempous attitude” and “Celebration and poemp” and “Poemegranate juice.” Other words you could use: poemade (pomade), poempadour (pompadour), poemelo (pomelo), anthropoemorphic (anthropomorphic). Notes: Pomp is a display or celebration. Pomade is a type of styling gel.
    • *pum* → *poem*: As in, “A poempkin at midnight” and “Under the poemp” and “Poemmel the competition” and “Poemice stone.”
  • Chocolate: Chocolates are seen as a romantic gift, so we’ve included chocolate puns in this list:
    • Check → Choc: As in, “Choc it out!” and “Choc your sources” and “Double choc everything” and “Keep in choc” and “Make a list, choc it twice” and “Take a rainchoc” and “Reality choc” and “Choc-ing up on.”
    • Chalk → Choc: As in, “Different as choc and cheese” and “Choc it up to experience.”
    • Chuck → Choc: As in, “Choc a sickie” and “Choc-ed out” and “Choc overboard.”
  • Sweet: This can be used in two ways – to refer to a sweet candy (which are another popular Valentine’s treat) or to describe someone as sweet. Here are some related puns:
    • Suite → Sweet: As in “She was renting a 2-bedroom sweet for the summer.”
    • Sweat → Sweet: As in “Blood, sweet and tears” and “Beads of sweet rolled down my forehead” and “Break out in a cold sweet” and “By the sweet of my brow” and “Don’t sweet it.” and “Don’t sweet the small stuff.” and “All hot and sweety
    • Sweater → Sweeter: As in “A close-knit woollen sweeter for cold days”
    • Seat → Sweet: As in, “Backsweet driver” and “By the sweet of your pants” and “Hold on to your sweet” and “Not a dry sweet in the house” and “On the edge of my sweet” and “Please be sweeted” and “Take a back sweet” and “The best sweet in the house.”
    • Switch → Sweet-ch: As in “Bait and sweet-ch” and “Asleep at the sweet-ch” and “Sweet-ch gears” and “You should sweet-ch out your old one with this one.”
    • Sweet: These sweet-related phrases are general enough to be used as puns: As in “You’re so sweet!” and “Oh that’s soo sweet!” and “Revenge is sweet” and “Short and sweet” and “Lay some sweet lines on someone” and “Sweet dreams” and “Sweet Jesus!” and “You bet your sweet life!” and “That was a sweet trick, dude.” and “Sweet as, bro.” and “Whisper sweet nothings” and “Home sweet home” and “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and “Sweet smell/taste of success/victory” and “Sweetheart.
  • Sake → Keepsake: As in, “For heaven’s keepsake” and “For goodness keepsake.”
  • Keep → Keepsake: As in, “Keepsake a low profile” and “Keepsake an eye on” and “Keepsake an open mind.”
  • Sediment → Sentiment
  • Sauce/Saucy: Since a lot of Valentine’s Day is about expressing physical (as well as emotional) affection and attraction towards one another, we’ve got some saucy-related puns for you to use:
    • *sas* → *sauce*: As in, “Veggie sauce-shimi” and “Natural disauceter” and “A disaucetrous outcome.” Other words that could work: Arkansauce (Arkansas), Kansauce (Kansas) and disauceter (disaster).
    • *ses* → *sauce*: As in, “Sauce-ame seeds” and “A precise assauce-ment” and “Nervous obsauce-sion.”
    • *sis* → *sauce*: As in, “Critical analysauce” and “Scientific hypothesauce” and “Arch nemesauce” and “On the basauce of” and “Midlife crisauce” and “Book synpopsauce.”
    • *sus* → *sauce*: As in, “Hard to saucetain” and “Environmentally saucetainable” and “Barely sauce-ceptible” and “The main saucepect.” Other words that could work: sauce-picious (suspicious), sauce-pend (suspend), sauce-tainability (sustainability), sauce-pense (suspense), sauce-pension (suspension), sauce-tenance (sustenance), sauce-pension (suspension), sauce-tenance (sustenance), consensauce (consensus), versauce (versus), censauce (census), Jesauce (Jesus), colossauce (colossus), narcissauce (narcissus).
    • *soc* → *saucy*: As in, “Mainstream saucy-ety” and “Saucy-al attitudes” and “Studying saucy-ology.” Other words you could try: saucy-opath (sociopath), saucy-al (social), saucy-alist (socialist), assaucy-ate (associate), assaucy-ation (association).
    • Assasin → Assaucyn
    • Session → Saucyon
  • Steam/Steamy: As things can get a bit steamy on Valentine’s Day, we have some steam-related puns for you to play around with:
    • Team → Steam: As in, “Dream steam” and “Go steam!” and “Take one for the steam” and “Steam player” and “Steam spirit” and “Together we make a great steam.”
    • Seam → Steam: As in, “Bulging at the steams” and “Come apart at the steam.”
    • Stem → Steam: As in, “Steam the tide.”
    • Seem → Steam: As in, “Sorry steams to be the hardest word.”
    • *stam* → *steam*: As in, “Steamp of approval” and “Out of steamina” and “Raging steampede” and “Did I steammer?” and “A testeament to…”
    • *stem* → *steam*: As in, “Systeam thinking” and “Functional ecosysteam.” Other words that could work: episteamology (epistemology) and systeamic (systemic). Note: epistemology is the study of knowledge.
  • Sex/sexy: We know a lot of Valentine’s Day dates end with a bit of hanky panky, so we have some related puns for you:
    • Six → Sex: As in, “Sex degrees of separation” and “Sexth sense.”
    • Saxophone → Sexophone
    • *sac* → *sex*: As in, “Not worth the sexrifice” and “Down the cul-de-sex” and “Financial transexion” and “Safety and sexurity.” Other words you could use: sexion (section), consexutive (consecutive), sextor (sector), dissext (dissect) and intersexion (intersection).
    • *sics* → *sex*: As in, “The classex” and “Everyday physex” and “Back to basex” and “Working in forensex.”
    • *suc* → *sex*: Sexinct (succinct), sexess (success), sexeed (succeed), sexessful (successful) and sexession (succession).
  • Lust: For our cheekier users, we’ve got some lust-related puns to play with:
    • Last → Lust: As in, “At long lust” and “At the lust minute” and “Breathe your lust” and “Built to lust” and “Lust resort” and “Fame at lust” and “Famous lust words” and “Free at lust” and “To the lust drop” and “Hear the lust of” and “Lust but not least” and “Lust call” and “Lust chance” and “Lust ditch effort” and “Lust in, first out” and “The lust straw.”
    • List → Lust: As in, “On the short lust” and “Top ten lust” and “Bucket lust.”
    • Lost → Lust: As in, “All is not lust” and “Get lust” and “Long lust” and “Lust in translation” and “Lust and found” and “A lust cause” and “Lust in thought” and “A lust soul.”
    • Least → Lust: As in, “Last but not lust” and “Lust common denominator” and “Lust worst option” and “Line of lust resistance” and “Not in the lust” and “At the very lust” and “To say the lust.”
    • *lis* → *lust*: Chrysalust (chrysalis), metropolust (metropolis), borealust (borealis), acropolust (acropolis), holustic (holistic).
    • *lus* → *lust*: As in, “A surplust of” and “Mental calculust” and “Pen stylust.”
    • *last* → *lust*: As in, “Blust from the past” and “Plustic surgery” and “Elustic thinking” and “Everlusting love.”
    • *lest* → *lust*: As in, “The absolute coollust” and “Live life to the fullust” and “The simplust solution” and “Tallust tree” and “Celustial beings” and “Watching your cholusterol.”
    • *list* → *lust*: populust (populist), evangelust (evangelist), journalust (journalist), specialust (specialist), checklust (checklist), holustic (holistic) and ballustic (ballistic).
  • Passing → Passion: As in, “Just passion through” and “Passion in the night.”
  • Fashion → Passion: As in, “Passionably late” and “The height of passion” and “The old-passioned way” and “Passions may come and go, but good manners never go out of style.”
  • Essential → Essensual: As in, “Essensually, yes” and “The bare essensuals.”
  • Sense → Sensual: As in, “Come to your sensuals” and “Common sensual” and “Make sensual of.”
  • Cent → Sensual: As in, “Give your two sensuals” and “A hundred per sensual.”
  • Use → Seduce: As in, “Put to good seduce” and “So easy to seduce” and “Things aren’t what they seduced to be” and “Seducer friendly.”
  • Far → Affair: As in, “Few and affair between” and “So affair, so good” and “Affair cry.”
  • Fair → Affair: As in, “All’s affair in love and war” and “By affair means or foul” and “Affair trade” and “Affair and above board.”
  • Flair → Affair: As in, “Got an affair for”
  • Cup → Couple: As in, “Not my couple of tea” and “Storm in a tea-couple.”
  • Affliction → Affection
  • Part → Partner: As in, “Act the partner” and “For my partner” and “Good in partners” and “If you’re not a partner of the solution, you’re a partner of the problem.”
  • Ship → Partnership: As in, “Abandon partnership” and “Don’t give up the partnership” and “From chips to partnerships” and “Go down with the partnership” and “Jump partnership” and “Loose lips sink partnerships” and “My partnership has come in.”
  • *part* → *partner*: partner-isan (partisan), partner-ticular (particular), partnertake (partake), partner-icle (particle), partner-icipate (participate), apartner (apart), counterpartner (counterpart), impartner (impart), rampartner (rampart), departner (depart).
  • Stupid → Cupid: As in, “Criminal cupidity” and “I’m with cupid” and “Keep it simple, Cupid” and “Cupid is as Cupid does” and “Interesting, but Cupid.” Note: “stupid” is an ableist term. This replacement is a nice way to involve Valentine’s Day and make these previously stupid-related phrases a little more acceptable.
  • Simple → Symbol: As in, “It’s so symbol” and “Keep it symbol” and “Symbol pleasures” and “Pure and symbol” and “Symbol yet effective” and “Symbol as that.” Note: Valentine’s Day is one of heavy romantic and personal emotional symbolism, which is why symbol-related puns have been included.
  • Ring: Rings are a heavily symbolic item for romance, and people may trade them as a symbol of commitment to their relationship on Valentine’s Day. Here are some related puns:
    • Wing → Ring: As in, “Earned your rings” and “Ring it” and “Ringman” and “Draw-ring lots” and “Taken under [someone’s] ring.”
    • Wrong → Ring: As in, “Barking up the ring tree” and “Born on the ring side of the tracks” and “Get off on the ring foot” and “On the ring side of the bed.”
    • *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).
  • Card → Greeting Card: As in, “A few greeting cards short of a full deck” and “Greeting card up your sleeve” and “Deck of greeting cards” and “Hold all the greeting cards.”
  • Ship → Friendship: As in, “Don’t give up the friendship” and “From chips to friendships” and “Loose lips sink friendships.” Note: While Valentine’s Day is historically about romantic love, platonic love is important to celebrate too!
  • Court: To court someone is to “woo” or interact with them with the intention of building a romantic relationship. Here are some related puns:
    • Cart → Court: As in, “A la courte” and “Courted away” and “Crash court” and “In the court.”
    • Quarter → Courter: As in, “A bad courter of an hour” and “Give no courter” and “Show no courter” and “Courter past” and “Close courters.”
    • Got → Court: As in, “You’ve court to do what you’ve court to do” and “I think you’ve court it” and “Cat court your tongue?” and “Give it all you’ve court” and “Court a flair for.”
    • Caught → Court: As in, “Court in the act” and “Court in two minds” and “Court off-base” and “Court short” and “Court up in the moment” and “Wouldn’t be court dead.”
    • *cart* → *court*: courtridge (cartridge), courtilege (cartilege) and courton (carton).
    • *cort* → *court*: courtex (cortex), courtisol (cortisol) and escourt (escort).
    • *curt* → *court*: As in, “Behind the courtain” and “Deep courtsey” and “Courtail the topic.” Note: to curtail something is to shorten it.
    • *cot* → *court*: As in, “100% courtton” and “Holiday courttage” and “Apricourt flavoured” and “Company mascourt” and “Boycourtting the brand.”
  • Trend → Tender: As in, “Buck the tender” and “On tender.”

The next section is dedicated to endearments – some romantic, all very affectionate:

  • *dling → *darling: As in, “Not han-darling it that well” and “You med-darling kids!” and “Light the kin-darling” and “Dwindarling in number” and “Fresh seedarling.”
  • Bae: The word “bae” is a fairly new term and is a shortened version of “babe” or “baby”. Here are related puns:
    • Bay → Bae: As in, “Bae for blood” and “Hold at bae” and “Keep at bae.”
    • Buy → Bae: As in, “Bae into” and “Bae now, pay later” and “Bae one, get one free” and “Bae some time” and “Can’t bae me love” and “The best money can bae.”
    • Bye → Bae: As in, “Kiss goodbae to” and “Can never say goodbae” and “Time to say goodbae” and “You can kiss that one goodbae.”
    • Day → Bae: As in, “A bae in the life” and “A hard bae’s night” and “All in a bae’s work” and “All the livelong bae” and “Tomorrow is another bae.”
    • Pay → Bae: As in, “Buy now, bae later” and “Crime doesn’t bae” and “Hell to bae” and “Bae as you go.”
    • Be → Bae: As in, “Bae who you want to bae” and “What would you like to bae?” and “That wouldn’t bae real.”
    • *ba → *bae: Amoebae (amoeba), marimbae (marimba), sambae (samba), mambae (mamba), urbaen (urban), exacerbaete (exacerbate), debaecle (debacle), verbaetim (verbatim) and baese (base).
    • *be* → *bae*: As in, “What have you baecome?” and “Where to baegin?” and “Mutual baenefit.”
    • *bi* → *bae*: As in, “False alibae” and “Wasabae flavoured.” Other words you could use: ubaequitous (ubiquitous), arbaetrary (arbitrary), forbaed (forbid), liabaelity (liability) and phobae-a (phobia).
    • *bu* → *bae*: As in, “Down to bae-siness” and “Get baesy” and “Favourite attribaete.”
    • *ba* → *bae*: As in, “Be left holding the baeby” and “Waiting in the lobbae” and “Rubae coloured.” Other words you could use: therbae (thereby), shabbae (shabby), wherebae (whereby), hobbae (hobby), abbaess (abyss), baegone (bygone), baepass (bypass) and baeproduct (byproduct).
  • Maybe → Baby: As in, “Baby she’s born with it” and “Call me baby.”
  • Aby* → Baby*: As in, “Babysmal (abysmal) performance” and “Down in the babyss.”
  • Abi* → Baby*: As in, “Within your babylity (ability) to” and “Doesn’t suit your babylities.”
  • Deer → Dear: As in, “A dear in headlights.”
  • Dare → Dear: As in, “Dear for more” and “Dear to be different” and “How dear you!”
  • Eerie → Dearie: “A dearie atmosphere.”
  • There → Dear: As in, “Ahoy dear!” and “Not all dear” and “Are we dear yet?” and “Be dear for” and “Be dear or be square” and “Don’t go dear.”
  • Their → Dear: And “..and dear toys” and “Cut down in dear prime” and “Swept off dear feet.”
  • Idea → Idear: As in, “A better idear” and “Bounce idears off” and “A bright idear” and “Put across an idear” and “The spark of an idear” and “What’s the big idear?”
  • Deal → Dearl: As in, “A big dearl” and “Cut a dearl” and “Dearl breaker” and “Dearl from the bottom of the deck” and “Dearl me in” and “Dearl or no dearl?” and “Dearl with it” and “A done dearl” and “If life dearls you lemonds, make lemonade” and “Seal the dearl.”
  • Tear → Dear: As in, “Bathed in dears” and “Blood, sweat and dears” and “Bored to dears” and “Brings dears to your eyes” and “Fighting back dears” and “It will all end in dears” and “Melt into dears” and “Moved to dears” and “No more dears.”
  • *tary → *deary: As in, “Proprideary cable” and “Complemendeary colours” and “New secredeary job” and “A sedendeary lifestyle.” Other words that could work: rudimendeary (rudimentary), documendeary (documentary), monedeary (monetary) and solideary (solitary).
  • *dar* → *dear*: As in, “New calendear year” and “On my radear” and “Cedear scented” and “Get that cheddear.”
  • *der* → *dear*: As in, “Law and ordear” and “In the lardear” and “Graphic rendearing” and “Love me tendear” and “Disordearly conduct.” Other words you could use: wondear (wonder), considear (consider), leadear (leader), hindear (hinder), spidear (spider), dearive (derive), dearivative (derivative), dearogatory (derogatory), dearision (derision), dearelict (derelict), dearide (deride), undearstand (understand) and considearation (consideration).
  • *dir* → *dear*: As in, “Honest and dearect” and “Clear and dearect orders” and “In the right dearection” and “Credit to the dearector” and “Down and dearty” and “New dearectives” and “Go dearectly to the source.”
  • *dur* → *dear*: “Emotional dearess (duress)” and “Dearing the war” and “For the full dearation.” Other words you could use: dearable (durable), dearability (durability), dearian (durian), endear (endure), endearance (endurance), endearing (enduring).
  • Epiphany → Epiphoney
  • Sunny → Honey: As in, “On the honey side of the street” and “Honey side up.”
  • Money → Honey: As in, “A fool and his honey are soon parted” and “A ton of honey” and “Easy honey” and “For love or honey” and “Get your honey’s worth” and “Not made of honey” and “In the honey.”
  • *hony → *honey: As in, “In symphoney” and “A cacophoney of noise.”
  • Pat → Pet: As in, “Got it down pet” and “A pet on the back.”
  • Pit → Pet: As in, “Bottomless pet” and “In the pet of your stomach” and “Mosh pet” and “Pet your wits against.”
  • Put → Pet: As in, “Hard pet to” and “Couldn’t pet it down” and “Don’t pet all your eggs in one basket” and “Feel a bit pet out” and “Wouldn’t pet it past him.”
  • Bet → Pet: As in, “All pets are off” and “Pet your bottom dollar.”
  • Get → Pet: As in, “As good as it pets” and “Buy one, pet one free” and “Come and pet it” and “Don’t pet me started it” and “Can’t pet enough of this.”
  • *pat* → *pet*: As in, “Follows a pettern” and “Petent pending” and “A pethetic effort” and “Wouldn’t have anticipeted it” and “Not a petch on.”
  • *pet*: We can simply emphasise the “pet” that already exists in these words: petty, petulant, petition, petite, carpet, parapet, trumpet, puppet, snippet, limpet, crumpet, impetus, perpetual, competent and competition.
  • *pit* → *pet*: cockpet (cockpit), pulpet (pulpit), armpet (armpit), capetal (capital), epetome (epitome) and serendipety (serendipity).
  • *pot* → *pet*: As in, “Fulfill your petential” and “Mashed petatoes” and “Gained through nepetism” and “I’m not omnipetent.”
  • *bat* → *pet*: compet (combat), acropet (acrobat), numpet (numbat), wompet (wombat), exacerpet (exacerbate) and verpetim (verbatim).
  • *bet* → *pet*: As in, “Petter yourself” and “You can do petter” and “Read petween the lines” and “Deep petrayal” and “To be petrothed” and “Alphapet soup” and “Sherpet flavoured.”
  • *bit* → *pet*: inhipet (inhibit), gampet (gambit), exhipet (exhibit), hapet (habit), orpet (orbit), prohipet (prohibit) and arpetrary (arbitrary).
  • *ped* → *pet*: petantic (pedantic), petigree (pedigree), petestrian (pedestrian), petestal (pedestal), expetition (expedition) and impetiment (impediment).
  • Podiatrist → Petiatrist (Note: this is very specific yes, but whatever works.)
  • Lamb: Lamb is an intimate term of endearment generally used for romantic partners, children or pets. Here are related puns:
    • Limb → Lamb: As in, “Go out on a lamb” and “Risk life and lamb” and “Lamber up.”
    • *lam* → *lamb*: As in, “Lambenting your troubles” and “Bedside lamb-p” and “Lambinated document.” Other words you could use: slamb (slam), clamb (clam), bedlamb (bedlam), salambander (salamander).
    • *lem* → *lamb*: As in, “Lamb-on (lemon) sorbet” and “Make lambonade” and “Add lambongrass” and “Problamb-solving attitude” and “Family emblamb.” Other words that could work: golamb (golem), complamb-ent (complement), implamb-ent (implement), dilamba (dilemma), elamb-ent (element), supplamb-ent (supplement), solamb (solemn) and implamb-entation (implementation).
    • *lim* → *lamb*: “There’s a lambit (limit) for everything” and “Stuck in lambo” and “Walking with a lamb-p (limp).” Other words that could work: lambited (limited), lamber (limber), slamb (slim), complamb-ent (compliment), complamb-entary (complimentary), prelamb-inary (preliminary) and elambinate (eliminate).
    • *lum* → *lamb*: lambinous (luminous), lambinary (luminary), curriculamb (curriculum), asylamb (asylum), pendulamb (pendulum), hoodlamb (hoodlum), colamb (column) and alamb-ni (alumni).
  • Treasure: This is another endearment that is usually reserved for closer, more familial ties like pets, lovers, children or close friends. Here are related puns for you to play with:
    • Measure → Treasure: As in, “Desperate treasures” and “Half treasures” and “Treasure up.”
    • Pleasure → Treasure: As in, “Business before treasure” and “Business or treasure?” and “Double your treasure” and “Guilty treasure.”
  • Beauty → Cutie: As in, “Age before cutie” and “Cutie and the beast.”
  • Duty → Cutie: As in, “Beyond the call of cutie” and “Double cutie” and “Cutie bound” and “Reporting for cutie!”
  • *cuti* → *cutie*: cutie-cle (cuticle), executie-ve (executive), consecutie-ve (consecutive) and consecutie-vely (consecutively).
  • *cute → *cutie: As in, “Acutie appendicitis” and “Executie the plan.” Other words: prosecutie (prosecute), persecutie and electrocutie.
  • Amor: This means “love”, and is sometimes combined with “mi” (mi amor) to mean “my love”. Here are related puns for you play with:
    • *amar* → *amor*: amoranth (amaranth), amoryllis (amaryllis), camoraderie (camaraderie), tamorind (tamarind), samoritan (samaritan), aquamorine (aquamarine) and rigamorole (rigamarole).
    • *amer* → *amor*: Amorican (American), gossamor (gossamer) and camora (camera).
  • Flame: Referring to someone as your flame is to call them your lover and has connotations specifically of physical love and affection. Here are related puns:
    • Fame → Flame: As in, “Claim to flame” and “Fifteen minutes of flame” and “Hall of flame.”
    • Aim → Flame: As in, “Flame high” and “Take flame” and “Flame to please.”
    • Blame → Flame: As in, “Flame game” and “Lay the flame on” and “Flame culture.”
    • Came → Flame: As in, “I flame, I saw, I conquered” and “As it flame to pass.”
    • Frame → Flame: As in, “Freeze flame” and “In the flame.”
    • *fam* → *fame*: As in, “Friends and fame-ily” and “A fame-iliar place” and “Almost flameous” and “40 hour flame-ine.” Other words that could work: flame-ilial (familial), flame-ished (famished), inflame-ous (infamous) and deflame-ation (defamation).
    • Flam* → Flame*: As in, “Flame-boyant event” and “Plastic flame-ingo” and “Dance the flame-enco.”
  • Palaver → Palover (Note: a palaver is an unecessary fuss)
  • Lever* → Lover*: Loverage (leverage) and lover (lever).
  • Deliver → Delover: As in, “Delover the goods” and “Express delovery” and “Undeloverable to your address” and “Seek deloverance.”
  • Wifi → Wife-i
  • Space → Spouse: As in, “Personal spouse” and “Office spouse” and “Deep spouse.”
  • *spos* → *spouse*: As in, “Dispouse of what you don’t need” and “A sunny dispouse-ition” and “Rubbish dispouse-al” and “Dispouse-able plastics” and “Predispoused with other matters.”
  • Spacious → Spouseious: “A spouseious house.”

Valentine’s Day-Related Words

To help you come up with your own Valentine’s Day 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: valentine, valentine’s, love, loved, loved one, loving, lovely, romance, romantic, crush, fancy, infatuation, dating, together, woo, wooing, flirt, flirting, flirtatious, like, confess, confession, anniversary, feelings, heart, dinner, date, roses, flowers, bouquet,  gift, present, poem, poetry, love letter, chocolate, keepsake, sentimental, kiss, hug, cuddle, desire, saucy, sexy, sex, lust, passion, erotic, intimate, sensual, seductive, adore, admire, smitten, yearning, relationship, affair, couple, endearment, significant other, better half, affection, partner, partnership, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, cupid, symbol, ring, jewelry, commitment, monogamous, monogamy, polyamory, polyamorous, greeting card, lingerie, devotion, emotion, fond, friendship, cherish, devoted, celebration, court, courting, tender

endearments: darling, bae, baby, dear, sweetheart, sweetie, honey, sugar, pet, muffin, lamb, treasure, cutie, cutie pie, beautiful, amor, flame, lover

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Firework Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on firework puns! 🌟 🎆 ✨🔥

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.”
    • *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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Donut Puns

Welcome to the Punpedia entry on donut puns! 🍩 Maybe you’d prefer to call them doughnut puns – either way, this page has quite a few of them. There are of course the famous “do not” puns, but as you go down the list you’ll see a bunch of others based around donut-related concepts like “frosting” and “torus”. Whether you’re crafting cheesy donut pick up lines, trying to think up a cute caption for your Instagram photo, or whatever else, I hope you find this entry useful! 🙂

You might also like to check out the Punpedia entries on food puns, bread puns, cake punscooking puns and candy puns.

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

  • Don’t / Do not → Donut: As in “Donut fret about it” and “I donut care” and “Donut hold your breath” and “Donut sweat it” and “Donut knock it until you’ve tried it” and “The do’s and donut’s” and “Donut give up your day job” and “Donut mention it!” and “Donut mind me” and “Donut look a gift horse in the mouth” and “Donut rain on my parade” and “Donut worry, be happy!” and “Donut ask…” and “Donut give a hoot” and “Donut call us, we’ll call you” and “Donut sweat it!” and “Damned if I do, damned if I donut” and “Donut cry over spilled milk” and “Donut even think about it” and “Donut get me wrong” and “Donut hand me that line” and “Donut give me any of your lip!” and “Donut kill the messenger” and “Donut mind if I do” and “Donut rock the boat” and “Donut spend it all at once” and “You donut know half of it”
  • Adore → Adough: “I adough you.”
  • Don’t → Doughn’t: As in “Doughn’t fall for it.”
  • Though → Dough: As in “You look as dough you’ve seen a ghost!”
  • Money → Dough: The term “dough” is slang for money in some places.
  • *do*→ *dough*: Any word which contains the “dough” sound (or similar) can be made into an easy dough pun: abdoughmen (abdomen), Adoughbe (Adobe), adoughlescence, aficionadoughs, anecdoughtal, antidoughte, avacadough, bulldoughzer, commandough, condoughlences, crescendough (crescendo), doughmain, doughnation, doughnor, doughsage, doughze, Indoughnesian, innuendough, landoughners, Macedoughnian, overshadough, meadough, Orlandough, pseudough, shadough, taekwondough, tornadough, windough, widough, tuxedough.
  • Do→ Dough: As in “I dough what I can.” and “What are you doughing right now?”
  • Floor → Flour: As in “A donut pun battle? I’ll mop the flour with you.”
  • Glaze: As in “The prospect makes my eyes glaze over with boredom.”
  • Graze → Glaze: As in “It just glazed the surface.” and “I’ll be fine, it’s just a glaze.”
  • Craze → Glaze: “A whole new fashion glaze.”
  • Friday → Fried dough: As in “Wednesday, Thursday or fried dough is fine for me.” and “Thank goodness it’s fried dough.”
  • Tried → Fried: As in, “Don’t knock it til you’ve fried it” and “Fried and tested.”
  • Afraid → Afried: As in, “Afried of your own shadow” and “I’m afried so” and “Be afried, be very afried” and “Everything you were afried to ask” and “Who’s afried of the big bad wolf?”
  • Sugarcoat: As in “She’s very straightforward. She doesn’t sugarcoat the truth.” and “They tend to sugar-coat it to make it more appealing to the masses.”
  • I sing → Icing: As in “Icing in the shower sometimes.”
  • Fostered → Frosted: As in “They frosted a sense of community and belonging.”
  • Cream / Kreme / Creme: “We got creamed in the last match of the tournament” and “Kreme of the crop” and “Like the cat that got the creme
  • Cemetery → Creametery (a very specific and slightly morbid play on words)
  • *cram* → *cream*: As in, “Creamping my style” and “Writer’s creamp” and “Creamming for a test” and “Creamming your mouth with food.”
  • *crem* → *cream*: As in, “An increamental amount” and “By increaments.”
  • *crim* → *cream*: As in, “A creaminal mind” and “Punishment fits the cream” and “Creamson lips” and “Against discreamination” and “I don’t discreaminate.”
  • Crispy → Krispy: The “Krispy Kreme” franchise is world famous which is where this bit of word play comes from. You might even get away with using “krisp” instead of crisp as in “Burnt to a krisp“.
  • Jam: “Traffic jam” and “We’ve got a jam session tomorrow afternoon” and “Jam packed”
  • Gem → Jam: As in, “A hidden jam” and “You’re a real jam.”
  • Jealous → Jelly: As in “Your new shoes look so good! I’m jelly.”
  • Jolly → Jelly: As in, “For he’s a jelly good fellow.”
  • *gel → *jelly: As in, “Anjelly’s (angel’s) advocate” and “My better anjellys” and “Enough to make anjellys weep” and “Need some new hair jelly.”
  • Dunk in → Dunkin: As in “He got a slam dunkin the last few seconds of the match.”
  • Taurus → Torus: As in “I’m a torus, but I don’t believe in astrology.”
  • Tourist → Torus: As in “It’s a very popular torus destination.”
  • Terrace → Torus: As in “We sat out on the torus and watched the sunset.”
  • Whole → Hole: As in “The hole truth and nothing but the truth” and “The hole 9 yards” and “The hole shebang” and “This is a hole new ball game” and “Go the hole hog” and “The hole picture” and “The hole wide world” and “A hole new world”
  • Hill → Hole: As in, “Head for the holes!” and “It’s all downhole from here” and “King of the hole” and “Make a mountain out of a molehole” and “Over the hole.”
  • Ring: “It has a ring to it” and “My ears are ringing” and “Ring around for …” and “Ring the bell” and “Thrown into the ring
  • Wring → Ring: As in, “Ringing your hands” and “Put through the ringer.”
  • Wrong → Ring: As in, “Barking up the ring tree” and “Born on the ring side of the tracks” and “Get off on the ring foot” and “Going down the ring way” and “How ring can you be?” and “If anything can go ring, it will” and “If this is ring, I don’t want to be right” and “Jumping to the ring conclusion” and “Rubbed the ring way.”
  • Circle: As in “A vicious circle” and “Come full circle” and “Circle-jerk” and “The inner circle” and “Go round in circles” and “Run circles around”
  • Fried: As in “My brain is fried” and “I’m fried.”
  • Fly → Fry: As in “A no-fry zone has been declared by the military.” and “Just a fry on the wall.”
  • Fry: There are a couple of frying-related idioms (since donuts are deep-fried): “Small fry” and “Bigger fish to fry
  • Cry → Fry: As in “Don’t fry over spilt milk” and “A shoulder to fry on” and “Fry like a baby” and “A far fry from …” and “Fry fowl” and “Battle fry.”
  • Better → Batter: As in “Batter safe than sorry” and “Batter you than me” and “Batter than sex” and “I’ll go you one batter” and “I’ve seen batter days” and “It’s batter than nothing” and “Never been batter” and “The sooner the batter” and “You batter believe it!” and “Against batter judgement” and “Batter late than never” and “Batter left unsaid” (The dough used to make doughnuts is often called “batter”)
  • Butter → Batter: As in, “Bread always falls batter side down” and “Batter fingers” and “Batter up” and “Batter wouldn’t melt in her mouth” and “Float like a batterfly, sting like a bee” and “Social batterfly” and “The batterfly effect” and “Batterflies in my stomach.”
  • Battle → Batter: As in, “An uphill batter” and “Batter of wits” and “Batter ready” and “Half the batter” and “In the heat of batter” and “Love is a batterfield” and “A batter of wills” and “Batter of the bulge.”
  • Sweet: As in “You’re so sweet!” and “Oh that’s soo sweet!” and “Revenge is sweet” and “Short and sweet” and “Lay some sweet lines on someone” and “Sweet dreams” and “Sweet Jesus!” and “You bet your sweet life!” and “That was a sweet trick, dude.” and “Sweet as, bro.” and “Whisper sweet nothings” and “Home sweet home” and “Rose by any other name would smell as sweet” and “Sweet smell/taste of success/victory” and “Oh, sweetheart.”
  • Suite → Sweet: As in “She was renting a 2-bedroom sweet for the summer.”
  • Sweat → Sweet: As in “Blood, sweet and tears” and “Beads of sweet rolled down my forehead” and “Break out in a cold sweet” and “By the sweet of my brow” and “Don’t sweet it.” and “Don’t sweet the small stuff.” and “All hot and sweety.”
  • Sweater → Sweeter: As in “A close-knit woollen sweeter for cold days”
  • Desert → Dessert: As in “The Sahara dessert.” and “Just desserts.” and “How could you dessert me at the moment I needed you the most?”
  • Dissertation → Dessertation: As in “I wrote my diploma dessertation on donut puns.”
  • Does it → Dessert: As in “It’s comfy, but dessert make my bum look big?” and “Dessert not worry you that society cares so much about appearance?”
  • So close → Sucrose: As in “Sucrose yet so far.”
  • Sugar: As in “Oh sugar!” and “What’s wrong, sugar?” and “Gimme some sugar” and “Sugar daddy”
  • Cruel → Cruller: As in, “Cruller and unusual punishment” and “Cruller to be kind” and “Don’t be cruller.”
  • Snake → Snack: As in, “Snack eyes” and “Snacks and ladders” and “What a snack.”
  • Sprinkle: Since sprinkle is both a verb (to lightly scatter something) and a noun (small, multicoloured edible decorations – especially used on cakes), we can use it to turn normal phrases into puns, as in “Sprinkled with love.”

Donut-Related Words

There are many more puns to be made than could be documented in this Punpedia entry, and so we’ve compiled a list of donut-related concepts for you to use when creating your own puns. If you come up with a new pun, please share it in the comments!

donut, doughnut, dessert, custard, dough, snack, treat, sweet, icing, frosting, frosted, cream, jam, jelly, dunkin, beignet, torus, toroidal, cinnamon, kreme, krispy kreme, krispy, glaze, glazed, hole, holes, malasada, bomboloni, ring, ring-shaped, circle, filled, filling, sprinkles, deep-fried, fried, sugar, annulus, berliner, batter, sinker, cruller, olykoek, bakery, chocolate, coffee, topping, tim hortons, fritter, Dutchie

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