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Homophones in English

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same (to varying extent) as another word but differs in meaning. A homophone may also differ in spelling. The two words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”), or differently, such as carat, and carrot, or to, two, and too. The term “homophone” may also apply to units longer or shorter than words, such as phrases, letters, or groups of letters which are pronounced the same as another phrase, letter, or group of letters. Any unit with this property is said to be “homophonous”.

Homophones that are spelled differently are also called heterographs.

  1. accessary, accessory
  2. ad, add
  3. ail, ale
  4. air, heir
  5. aisle, I’ll, isle
  6. all, awl
  7. allowed, aloud
  8. alms, arms
  9. altar, alter
  10. arc, ark
  11. aren’t, aunt
  12. ate, eight
  13. auger, augur
  14. auk, orc
  15. aural, oral
  16. away, aweigh
  17. awe, oar, or, ore
  18. axel, axle
  19. aye, eye, I
  20. bail, bale
  21. bait, bate
  22. baize, bays
  23. bald, bawled
  24. ball, bawl
  25. band, banned
  26. bard, barred
  27. bare, bear
  28. bark, barque
  29. baron, barren
  30. base, bass
  31. bay, bey
  32. bazaar, bizarre
  33. be, bee
  34. beach, beech
  35. bean, been
  36. beat, beet
  37. beau, bow
  38. beer, bier
  39. bel, bell, belle
  40. berry, bury
  41. berth, birth
  42. bight, bite, byte
  43. billed, build
  44. bitten, bittern
  45. blew, blue
  46. bloc, block
  47. boar, bore
  48. board, bored
  49. boarder, border
  50. bold, bowled
  51. boos, booze
  52. born, borne
  53. bough, bow
  54. boy, buoy
  55. brae, bray
  56. braid, brayed
  57. braise, brays, braze
  58. brake, break
  59. bread, bred
  60. brews, bruise
  61. bridal, bridle
  62. broach, brooch
  63. bur, burr
  64. but, butt
  65. buy, by, bye
  66. buyer, byre
  67. calendar, calender
  68. call, caul
  69. canvas, canvass
  70. cast, caste
  71. caster, castor
  72. caught, court
  73. caw, core, corps
  74. cede, seed
  75. ceiling, sealing
  76. cell, sell
  77. censer, censor, sensor
  78. cent, scent, sent
  79. cereal, serial
  80. cheap, cheep
  81. check, cheque
  82. choir, quire
  83. chord, cord
  84. cite, sight, site
  85. clack, claque
  86. clew, clue
  87. climb, clime
  88. close, cloze
  89. coal, kohl
  90. coarse, course
  91. coign, coin
  92. colonel, kernel
  93. complacent, complaisant
  94. complement, compliment
  95. coo, coup
  96. cops, copse
  97. council, counsel
  98. cousin, cozen
  99. creak, hi
  100. crews, cruise
  101. cue, kyu, queue
  102. curb, kerb
  103. curr uní ant, current
  104. cymbol, symbol
  105. dam, damn
  106. days, daze
  107. dear, deer
  108. descent, dissent
  109. desert, dessert
  110. deviser, divisor

  1. dew, due
  2. die, dye
  3. discreet, discrete
  4. doe, doh, dough
  5. done, dun
  6. douse, dowse
  7. draft, draught
  8. dual, duel
  9. earn, urn
  10. eery, eyrie
  11. ewe, yew, you
  12. faint, feint
  13. fah, far
  14. fair, fare
  15. farther, father
  16. fate, fête
  17. faun, fawn
  18. fay, fey
  19. faze, phase
  20. feat, feet
  21. ferrule, ferule
  22. few, phew
  23. fie, phi
  24. file, phial
  25. find, fined
  26. fir, fur
  27. fizz, phiz
  28. flair, flare
  29. flaw, floor
  30. flea, flee
  31. flex, flecks
  32. flew, flu, flue
  33. floe, flow
  34. flour, flower
  35. foaled, fold
  36. for, fore, four
  37. foreword, forward
  38. fort, fought
  39. forth, fourth
  40. foul, fowl
  41. franc, frank
  42. freeze, frieze
  43. friar, fryer
  44. furs, furze
  45. gait, gate
  46. galipot, gallipot
  47. gallop, galop
  48. gamble, gambol
  49. gays, gaze
  50. genes, jeans
  51. gild, guild
  52. gilt, guilt
  53. giro, gyro
  54. gnaw, nor
  55. gneiss, nice
  56. gorilla, guerilla
  57. grate, great
  58. greave, grieve
  59. greys, graze
  60. grisly, grizzly
  61. groan, grown
  62. guessed, guest
  63. hail, hale
  64. hair, hare
  65. hall, haul
  66. hangar, hanger
  67. hart, heart
  68. haw, hoar, whore
  69. hay, hey
  70. heal, heel, he’ll
  71. hear, here
  72. heard, herd
  73. he’d, heed
  74. heroin, heroine
  75. hew, hue
  76. hi, high
  77. higher, hire
  78. him, hymn
  79. ho, hoe
  80. hoard, horde
  81. hoarse, horse
  82. holey, holy, wholly
  83. hour, our
  84. idle, idol
  85. in, inn
  86. indict, indite
  87. it’s, its
  88. jewel, joule
  89. key, quay
  90. knave, nave
  91. knead, need
  92. knew, new
  93. knight, night
  94. knit, nit
  95. knob, nob
  96. knock, nock
  97. knot, not
  98. know, no
  99. knows, nose
  100. laager, lager
  101. lac, lack
  102. lade, laid
  103. lain, lane
  104. lam, lamb
  105. laps, lapse
  106. larva, lava
  107. lase, laze
  108. law, lore
  109. lay, ley
  110. lea, lee
  1. leach, leech
  2. lead, led
  3. leak, leek
  4. lean, lien
  5. lessen, lesson
  6. levee, levy
  7. liar, lyre
  8. licence, license
  9. licker, liquor
  10. lie, lye
  11. lieu, loo
  12. links, lynx
  13. lo, low
  14. load, lode
  15. loan, lone
  16. locks, lox
  17. loop, loupe
  18. loot, lute
  19. made, maid
  20. mail, male
  21. main, mane
  22. maize, maze
  23. mall, maul
  24. manna, manner
  25. mantel, mantle
  26. mare, mayor
  27. mark, marque
  28. marshal, martial
  29. marten, martin
  30. mask, masque
  31. maw, more
  32. me, mi
  33. mean, mien
  34. meat, meet, mete
  35. medal, meddle
  36. metal, mettle
  37. meter, metre
  38. might, mite
  39. miner, minor, mynah
  40. mind, mined
  41. missed, mist
  42. moat, mote
  43. mode, mowed
  44. moor, more
  45. moose, mousse
  46. morning, mourning
  47. muscle, mussel
  48. naval, navel
  49. nay, neigh
  50. nigh, nye
  51. none, nun
  52. od, odd
  53. ode, owed
  54. oh, owe
  55. one, won
  56. packed, pact 
  57. packs, pax
  58. pail, pale
  59. pain, pane
  60. pair, pare, pear
  61. palate, palette, pallet
  62. pascal, paschal
  63. paten, patten, pattern
  64. pause, paws, pores, pours
  65. pawn, porn
  66. pea, pee
  67. peace, piece
  68. peak, peek, peke, pique
  69. peal, peel
  70. pearl, purl
  71. pedal, peddle
  72. peer, pier
  73. pi, pie
  74. pica, pika
  75. place, plaice
  76. plain, plane
  77. pleas, please
  78. plum, plumb
  79. pole, poll
  80. poof, pouffe
  81. practice, practise
  82. praise, prays, preys
  83. principal, principle
  84. profit, prophet
  85. quarts, quartz
  86. quean, queen
  87. rain, reign, rein
  88. raise, rays, raze
  89. rap, wrap
  90. raw, roar
  91. read, reed
  92. read, red
  93. real, reel
  94. reek, wreak
  95. rest, wrest
  96. retch, wretch
  97. review, revue
  98. rheum, room
  99. right, rite, wright, write
  100. ring, wring
  101. road, rode
  102. roe, row
  103. role, roll
  104. roo, roux, rue
  105. rood, rude
  106. root, route
  107. rose, rows
  108. rota, rotor
  109. rote, wrote
  110. rough, ruff
  111. rouse, rows
  112. rung, wrung
  113. rye, wry
  114. saver, savour
  115. spade, spayed
  116. sale, sail
  117. sane, seine
  118. satire, satyr
  119. sauce, source
  120. saw, soar, sore
  121. scene, seen
  122. scull, skull
  123. sea, see
  124. seam, seem
  125. sear, seer, sere
  126. seas, sees, seize
  127. sew, so, sow
  128. shake, sheikh
  129. shear, sheer
  130. shoe, shoo
  131. sic, sick
  132. side, sighed
  133. sign, sine
  134. sink, synch
  135. slay, sleigh
  136. sloe, slow
  137. sole, soul
  138. some, sum
  139. son, sun
  140. sort, sought
  141. spa, spar
  142. staid, stayed
  143. stair, stare
  144. stake, steak
  145. stalk, stork
  146. stationary, stationery
  147. steal, steel
  148. stile, style
  149. storey, story
  150. straight, strait
  151. sweet, suite
  152. swat, swot
  153. tacks, tax
  154. tale, tail
  155. talk, torque
  156. tare, tear
  157. taught, taut, tort
  158. te, tea, tee
  159. team, teem
  160. tear, tier
  161. teas, tease
  162. terce, terse
  163. tern, turn
  164. there, their, they’re
  165. threw, through
  166. throes, throws
  167. throne, thrown
  168. thyme, time
  169. tic, tick
  170. tide, tied
  171. tire, tyre
  172. to, too, two
  173. toad, toed, towed
  174. told, tolled
  175. tole, toll
  176. ton, tun
  177. tor, tore
  178. tough, tuff
  179. troop, troupe
  180. tuba, tuber
  181. vain, vane, vein
  182. vale, veil
  183. vial, vile
  184. wail, wale, whale
  185. wain, wane
  186. waist, waste
  187. wait, weight
  188. waive, wave
  189. wall, waul
  190. war, wore
  191. ware, wear, where
  192. warn, worn
  193. wart, wort
  194. watt, what
  195. wax, whacks
  196. way, weigh, whey
  197. we, wee, whee
  198. weak, week
  199. we’d, weed
  200. weal, we’ll, wheel
  201. wean, ween
  202. weather, whether
  203. weaver, weever
  204. weir, we’re
  205. were, whirr
  206. wet, whet
  207. wheald, wheeled
  208. which, witch
  209. whig, wig
  210. while, wile
  211. whine, wine
  212. whirl, whorl
  213. whirled, world
  214. whit, wit
  215. white, wight
  216. who’s, whose
  217. woe, whoa
  218. wood, would
  219. yaw, yore, your, you’re
  220. yoke, yolk
  221. you’ll, yule

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