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Definition of Homophones (with examples)

Updated on September 6, 2014

Meaning

Homophones: Words pronounced the same but are different in spelling and meaning. Example: pair (couple) and pear (fruit)


Examples

The following is a list of some common homophones.


A - E

A
B
C
D
E
Abject / Object
Ball / Bawl
Capital / Capitol
Days / Daze
Earn / Urn
Accept / Except
Band / Banned
Carrot / Caret/ Carat / Karat
Dear / Deer
Elicit / Illicit
Ad / Add
Be / Bee
Cell / Sell
Descent / Dissent
Ewe / You
Adverse / Averse
Bear / Bare
Cent / Scent / Sent
Desert / Dessert
Eye / I
Advice (rhymes with ice) / Advise (rhymes with lies)
Billed / Build
Census / Senses
Dew / Do / Due
 
Affect / Effect
Blew / Blue
Cereal / Serial
Die / Dye
 
All ready / Already
Board / Bored
Chews / Choose
Discreet / Discrete
 
Allowed / Aloud
Bow (b-ow ) / Bough
Chute / Shoot
Doe / Dough
 
Allude / Elude
Bow (b-oh ) / Bō / Beau
Clothes / Close
 
 
Allusion / Illusion
Boy / Buoy
Complement / Compliment
 
 
Amoral / Immoral
Brake / Break
Conscious / Conscience
 
 
Ant / Aunt
Beach / Beech
Creak / Creek
 
 
Ante / Anti
Bye / By / Buy
Cymbal / Symbol
 
 
Are / Our
 
 
 
 
Assure / Ensure / Insure
 
 
 
 
Ante / Anti
 
 
 
 
Ate / Eight
 
 
 
 

F - J

F
G
H
I
J
Fair / Fare
Gnu / Knew / New
Hale / Hail
Idle / Idol / Idyl
Jam / Jamb
Faze / Phase
Gored / Gourd
Hall / Haul
In / Inn
Jeans / Genes
Feat / Feet
Gorilla / Guerrilla
Hare / Hair
Incite / Insight
 
Fir / Fur
Grate / Great
Heal / Heel / He'll
Imminent / Immanent / Eminent
 
Flea / Flee
Grays / Graze
Heard / Herd
Its / It's
 
Flew / Flu / Flue
 
Hew / Hue
 
 
Flower / Flour
 
Hi / High
 
 
For / Four / Fore
 
Higher / Hire
 
 
Foreword / Forward
 
Him / Hymn
 
 
Forth / Fourth
 
Hoarse / Horse
 
 
Foul / Fowl
 
Hole / Whole
 
 
Frees / Freeze
 
Hour / Our
 
 
"Knight" not "Night"
"Knight" not "Night"

K - O

K
L
M
N
O
Knead / Need / Kneed
Lead / Led
Meat / Meet
Nays / Neighs
One / Won
Knight / Night
Leased / Least
Maid / Made
No / Know
Or / Oar / Ore
Knows / Nose / No's
Lesson / Lessen
Maize / Maze
None / Nun
Overdo / Overdue
 
Links / Lynx
Male / Mail
Not / Knot / Naught
 
 
Load / Lode
Medal / Meddle
 
 
 
Loan / Lone
Mince / Mints
 
 
 
Locks / Lox
Miner / Minor
 
 
 
Loot / Lute
Mist / Missed
 
 
 
Lye / Lie
Morning / Mourning
 
 
 
 
Muscle / Mussel
 
 
 
 
Must / Mussed
 
 

P - T

P
Q
R
S
T
Paced / Paste
Quarts / Quartz
Rain / Reign / Rein
Sail / Sale
Tacks / Tax
Pail / Pale
Quince / Quints
Rap / Wrap
Sea / See
Tale / Tail
Pain / Pane
 
Rays / Raise / Raze
Seam / Seem
Taught / Taut
Pair / Pare / Pear
 
Read / Reed
Seas / Sees / Seize
Tea / Tee
Passed / Past
 
Read / Reed
Seen / Scene
Teas / Tease / Tees
Patience / Patients
 
Real / Reel
Sense / Cents
Tents / Tense
Pause / Paws
 
Red / Read
Sew / So / Sow
There / Their / They're
Peace / Piece
 
Reek / Wreak
Shoe / Shoo
Threw / Through
Peak / Peek / Pique
 
Rest / Wrest
Sighed / Side
Throne / Thrown
Pedal / Peddle
 
Review / Revue
Sighs / Size
Tide / Tied
Peel / Peal
 
Ring / Wring
Sight / Site / Cite
Tighten / Titan
Peer / Pier
 
Rite / Right / Write
Slay / Sleigh
To / Too / Two
Plain / Plane
 
Road / Rode / Rowed
Soar / Sore
Toe / Tow
Plum / Plumb
 
Role / Roll
Soared / Sword
Toed / Towed / Toad
Praise / Prays / Preys
 
Root / Route
Sod / Sawed
Told / Tolled
Presents / Presence
 
Rose / Rows
Sole / Soul
Tract / Tracked
Principal / Principle
 
Rote / Wrote
Son / Sun
Trust / Trussed
Prince / Prints
 
Row / Roe
Some / Sum
 
 
 
Rye / Wry
Spade / Spayed
 
 
 
 
Staid / Stayed
 
 
 
 
Stair / Stare
 
 
 
 
Stake / Steak
 
 
 
 
Stationary / Stationery
 
 
 
 
Steal / Steel
 
 
 
 
Straight / Strait
 
 
 
 
Sundae / Sunday
 
 
 
 
Surf / Serf
 
 
 
 
Swayed / Suede
 

U - Y

U
V
W
Y
Use / Ewes
Vein / Vane
Wade / Weighed
Yoke / Yolk
 
Verses / Versus
Wail / Whale
You'll / Yule
 
Vial / Vile
Waist / Waste
Your / You're / Yore
 
Vice / Vise
Wait / Weight
 
 
 
Waive / Wave
 
 
 
Ware / Wear / Where
 
 
 
Warn / Worn
 
 
 
Way / Weigh / Whey
 
 
 
We / Wee
 
 
 
Weather / Whether
 
 
 
Weld / Welled
 
 
 
We'll / Wheel
 
 
 
We've / Weave
 
 
 
Weak / Week
 
 
 
When / Wen
 
 
 
Which / Witch
 
 
 
Whose / Who's
 
 
 
Wine / Whine
 
 
 
Wood / Would
 
 
 
Worst / Wurst
 

Learn More ...

I hope this has been of use to you. You can learn more by following the links below.


  • Homonyms (Words that same sound and often have the same spelling, but different meanings.)
  • Heteronyms (Words spelled the same but differ in pronunciation and meaning.)
  • Homographs (Words spelled alike but different in meaning.)

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      I sure must bookmark this hub for future reference. I want to share this hub with my sister and her hubby, both English teachers.

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      Rosa Marchisella 5 years ago from Canada

      WOW! Thank you very much. I hope it helpful to them. Someone actually suggested that I turn these articles into a book (or include it in a book on writing) with word definitions for each, but I wasn't sure it would be of interest to anyone.

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      Although I know the different meanings and have no trouble when I writing by hand, my typing skills are slow and I have to look at the keyboard. There are times when I hit a key that is close to the one I meant to hit, but the wrong one. As such I know I have typed out effect when I meant affect and vice versa. Annoying.

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