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Homophones & Homonyms

(and Heterophones)

Definitions:

Homophones:  Two (or more) words that sound the same, but have different spellings

Homonyms:  Two (or more) words that are spelled the same & sound the same, but have different meanings.

Heterophones:  Two (or more) words with the same spelling, but different sounds and different meanings.

Examples:

Homophones

be bee  
bear bare  
bow  /bau/ bough  
by bye buy
clause claws Claus
die dye  
fair fare  
fin Finn  
finish Finnish  
flea flee  
for four fore
gate gait  
grate great  
hair hare  
hay hey  
hi high  
knight night  
knot not  
know no  
main mane  
morning mourning  
pain pane  
pair pear  
pie pi ( π )  
plain plane  
pray prey  
que cue  
rain reign   
red read (past tense)  
read  (present tense) reed  
right rite  
see sea  
sight site  
stair stare  
tea tee  
tear tare  
there their they're
to too two
toe tow  
wait weight  
war wore  
waste waist  
we wii  
wear where  
weather whether  
witch which  

 

Homonyms

Word Meaning 1 Meaning 2 Meaning 3
bark (n.) the outer covering of a tree (v.) to make a dog sound  
bear (n.) animal (v.) to carry (v.) to endure
bow  /bou/ (n.) weapon used with arrows (n.) ornament made with ribbon  
bow  /bau/ (n.) forward part of a boat (v.) to bend at the waist  
fly (n.) an insect (v.) to soar in the air (in the sky) (a.) when a baseball is hit high in the air, it is called a "fly ball"
lead  /led/ (n.) a heavy, soft metal (n.) graphite in pencils  
light (n.) form of energy (n.) lamp (a.) not heavy
park (n.) recreational place (v.) to stop a vehicle  
right (n.) permission (a.) correct (a.) opposite of left
rock (n.)  a stone (v.)  to move back and forth as if to swing while still touching the ground (slang)  a kind of music
row (n.) a line of items (v.) to propel a boat with paddles  

 

Heterophones

Word  /diction/ Meaning Word  /diction/ Meaning
lead  /leed/ or /li:d/ to show the way lead  /led/ a heavy, soft metal
Polish  /poh-lish/ person from Poland polish  /pah-lish/ shine
read  /reed/ or /ri:d/ to look at written language read  /red/ past tense of read
tear  /teer/ or /ti:r/ a drop of eye fluid tear  /tehr/ rip
wind  /wind/ breeze wind  /waind/ turn