Homophones

A homophone is a word that is pronounced and sounds the same as another word but is spelled differently and has a completely different meaning. For example, aisle and isle are pronounced the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings, as do their and there. There are many more.

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aerialof or relating to the airarielMiddle Eastern and African gazelle
aerienest of any bird of preyairywell-ventilated
ailbe in pain, ill healthaleintoxicating drink
airatmosphere; manner, mieneresooner than, before
aislea passageislesmall islandI'llI will (abbr.)
aitsmall islandateconsumed
allevery oneawlsharp tool
almscharityarmsweapons
aloudaudiblyallowedpermitted
alreadypreviouslyall readyall prepared
altarplace of sacrifice, commemoration, devotionaltervary, change; modify
antegambling stakeantiopposed to
arcpart of circumference of a circlearkship, boat; box, chest
ascentact of risingassentconsent, agree
auralof or relating to the earoralspoken
awayabsent, at a distanceaweighslightly raised anchor
ayeyeseyeorgan of visionIpossessive of ME, MY, MINE

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B

bailsecurity, guaranteebalepackage
baittempt, enticebatein suspense, anxiously
ballspherical bodybawlcry loudly, howl
balmfragrant ointment or oilbarmfrothy scum on fermenting malt liquor
balmyproducing balm; soft, soothingbarmycrazy, silly (sl)
bandstripe; groupbannedforbidden
barenakedbeara mammal; to carry
barksound of a dog; covering of a treebarquesmall sailing vessel
baronnoble, peerbarrenunfertile
baselowest partbasslowest tone; musical instrument
baudunit of electronic transmissionbawdprocuress, brothel-keeper; prostitute
beexistbeean insect
beachseashorebeechforest tree
beatstrike with repeated blowsbeetplant of genus Beta
beaterone who beatsbeta2nd letter of Greek alphabet
beanedible plant seedbeento have come or gone
beausuitor, loverbowornamental knot; a weapon
berthsleeping placebirthbearing of offspring
bighta bendbitecut into with teethbytebinary unit
blewpast tense of BLOWbluea colour
bloccombination of parties, nationsblocksolid mass of wood, stone
boarmale swineboreperforate, drill; tiresome person
boardflat slab of wood, tableboredtired, fed up; drilled
boldermore daringbouldera large rock
bornbrought forthbornecarried by
bortfragments split from diamondsboughtpurchased
boughbranch of treebowknot; bend; weapon
boymale childbuoya float
brakeappliance to stop motionbreakrend apart
breadfood made of doughbredbrought forth
bridalrelating to a bridebridleheadgear of horse
broachto open, to mootbroochornamental clasp
buryinterberrya fruit
butexcept, barringbuttblunt end; large cask
buypurchasebynear, at, besidebyesubsidiary object, goodbye

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C

cachehidden provisions, treasure, arms, etccashmoney, coins, banknotes
calendara record of timecalendermachine used in finishing paper & cloth
canvascourse unbleached clothcanvasssolicit votes, interest, support, etc
carata weight of precious stonescarrotvegetable of genus Daucus carotakaratmeasure of gold content (N Am)
castthrow; a mouldcasteexclusive class
cedesurrenderseedmature ovule of a plant, etc
celcelluloid for animated filmcellsmall room, cavityselldispose of property
ceilingupper surface of a roomsealingaffixing a seal to
cellarunderground room, vaultsellerperson who sells
censerblame, reproachcensorofficial with power to suppress books, etcsensorinstrument which responds to signals
cent100th part of currencyscentsmell, odoursentdispatched, transmitted
cerealrelating to grainserialhaving the nature of a series
chasedpursuedchastepure, virginal
cheaplow in pricecheepfeeble cry of young bird
checktest for accuracy, quality etc; cross-lined pattern; halt, pausechequedraft on a bank for money payable
chewsmasticates foodchooseselect
chuteinclined troughshootrush out; to sprout
citeto quote; to summonsightvision, viewsiteposition, location
clausesubdivision of document, sentenceclawssharp hooked nails
climbascendclimeregion, country; climate
coarserough, rude, vulgarcoursecontinued progress along a path
cocksmale birdscoxperson who steers a rowing crew
colonelarmy officerkernelcontents of a nut; nucleus, gist, essence
complementthat which is necessary to make something completecomplimentexpression of praise
coosound of a dovecoupdecisive blow; to overturn
coreheart, middle, centre of somethingcorpsa body of troops
creaksharp grating noisecreeksmall coastal inlet, bay, harbour
cuesignal, hint; rod used in snooker etcqueueline of people etc
currantdried grapecurrentbelonging to the present; a flow of water, electricity
cygnetyoung swansignetsmall seal
cymbalmetal disc which causes loud clashing soundsymbolemblem, character, letter

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D

dambank or mound to retain water; female parentdamna profane oath
daysplural of daydazestupefy, confuse
dearbeloved; expensivedeerruminant quadruped of family Cervidae
defusedremoved fuse; dispelled tensiondiffusedscattered, diverged
descentgoing downdissentdisagreement
desertabandondessertlast course of a meal; a deserved reward
dewatmospheric moisturedueowing, claimable
dieexpire, cease to existdyestain, colour
discreetprudent, warydiscretedistinct, detached, seperate
djinnrace of spirits, demons in Muslim mythologyginalcoholic drink; trap, snare; Australian Aborigine woman
doefemale deerdoughpaste for making bread etc
doesplural of doedoughsplural of doughdozesleep lightly
doneperformed, executed, finisheddundull brown colour; demand payment from; hill, mound, earthwork
drafta rough copydraughtcurrent of air; drink; depth of a boat in water
dualconsisting of twoduelcontest between two persons
dyingnear deathdyeingchanging the colour of

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E

earnmerit, deserve, become entitled toernesea eagleurna vase
everydayordinary, commonplaceevery dayeach day
ewefemale sheepyewevergreen shrub or treeyouthe person, animal, etc addressed

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F

fainglad, well-pleasedfeigninvent, pretend
faintdim, indistinctfeinta pretence; faint ruled lines
fairjust, reasonable; light colouredfaremoney paid by passenger; food
farthermore remote; moreover; furtherfathermale parent
fazedisconcertphasestage of development
featnotable actfeetparts of the legs
filedocument; instrument for cutting & smoothingphialsmall glass vessel
finddiscover, learn, acquire by search, study, etcfinedimposed a penalty
firconiferous treefuranimal hair
flairnatural aptitudeflareopen outwards; light, signal
fleasmall insectfleerun away
flewmoved through air; escapedfluviral disease (coll)fluechimney; fishing net
flockscompanies of animals; crowdsphloxplant of genus Phlox
flourfine mealflowerplant blossom
forin place offorebeing in frontfourthe number 4
forewordintroduction of bookforwardin front
forgorelinquish; let passforegoto go before
fortfortified placefoughtcontended in battle, combat; strove
fouldirty, filthy, unclean; breach of rulesfowldomestic bird
freezeto become coldfriezedecorative band
friarmember of monastic orderfryerone who fries

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G

gaitmanner of walkinggateopening in fence
geneunit of heredityjeantwilled undressed clothJeanfemale name
genesplural of genejeansdenim trousersJean'sbelonging to Jean
gibesneer, scoff, tauntgybeshift a boat's sail into windjibeagree, accord with; alt. GIBE & GYBE
gildcoat with goldguildsociety of same class, trade, etc
giltgilded; young sowguiltcriminality, culpability
goredpirced, stabbed with a horn, point,etcgourdlarge fleshy fruit
gorillalarge African apeguerrillamember of small independent fighting band
gratefireplace recess; rub harshlygreatlarge in bulk, number, etc
grislyhorrible, terrible, fearfulgrizzlygrey, greyish; grizzly bear
guessedpast tense of GUESSguestan invited visitor

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H

hailfrozen rain; call, signal tohalerobust; drag
hairfilaments growing on head, etcharelong-eared mammal
halllarge room or buildinghaulpull or drag
hangarbuilding for storage, repair of aircrafthangerdevice for suspending clothing etc
hartmale red deerheartorgan for pumping blood
healrestore to healthheelhind part of foothe'llhe will (abb)
hearperceive by the ear; listen toherein this place
heardperceived by the ear; listened toherda number of beasts; a crowd
hia greetinghighextending greatly upwards
highertallerhireprocure temporary use of
himobjective of HEhymnsong of praise
hoardaccumulated storehordegang, multitude
hoarseharsh, rough or huskyhorsehoofed quadruped
hoestools to scrape or stir earth; uses hoehoseflexible tubing; stockings; trousers
holeyfull of holesholyof high spiritual excellencewhollyentirely

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I

idlelazy; not occupiedidolimage worshipped as a god
ileumpart of small intestineiliumupper part of hip bone
inwithin; duringinnpublic house
inciteto arouseinsightunderstanding
indictcharge someone with a crimeinditeput into words, compose
itsbelonging to itit'sit is (abbr)

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J

jamwedge: fruit conservejambupright side of a doorway
jewelprecious stonejouleunit of work or energy
jinksmoves nimbly; dances; dodgesjinxbringer of ill luck
jinnspiirit or demon of Muslim mythologyginalcoholic drink; trap, snare; Australian Aboriginal woman

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K

keydevice for opening a lockquaylanding place or wharf
knaphill crest; protuberancenapbrief sleep; card game; srface of fabric
knewwas aware ofnewnot formerly in existence
knightnon-hereditary titlenighttime of darkness
knitjoin closely togethernitegg of a louse
knobrounded protuberancenobperson of rank (sl); the head (sl)
knotintertwinement of rope, etcnotparticle expressing negation
knowto have perception ofnoword of denial
knowsis aware ofnoseorgan of smell
kohlfine black powder used to darken eyelidscoalhard black mineral used as fuelcolecabbage

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L

laudpraise, celebrate, extollordruler, master, sovereign
layplace in horizontal positionleigarland of flowers
laysplural of laylazeto be lazyleisplural of lei
leachwash outleechaquatic worm
leadto conduct; heavy metalledconducted
leakescape of liquid etc through hole etcleekculinary vegetable
leanto incline; thinlienright to detain goods
liarone who utters a falsehoodlyrestringed instrument
liedeceive; reclinelyealkaline solution
lieuinstead, substituteloolavatory (coll); card game
linksconnectionslynxfeline mammal
losee!, behold!, look!lownot high; below; moo of a cow
loadburdenlodeore bearing vein in rock
loansomething lentlonesolitary
locksdevices for fastening doors etcloxsmoked salmon; liquid oxygen
lookto watch, gaze, stare; seem, appearluckchance, fortune

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M

mademanufactured, constructedmaidgirl, unmarried woman; female servant
mailletters etcmalerelating to man
mainchief, most important; conduet; the oceanmanelong hair on neck of animals
maizecereal plantmazelabyrinth
mallsheltered public walkmaulhandle roughly
marshalofficer of statemartialwarlike
matsmall rug; tangled massmattdull, lustreless, not glossy
mayexpressing probabilityMay5th month of year; hawthorn blossom
meanintend, not extrememienair or manner
meatflesh of animalsmeetencounter; fit, proper
medalcommemorative metal discmeddleinterfere
metremeasuring instrumentmetremetric measure of length; verse
mightstrength, force; expressing probabilitymiteminute arachnid; small coin
mindintellectual power; heedminedexcavated
moanlow sound; complaintmownto have cut grass etc
moatditch round a castle, fort etcmoteparticle of dust, speck, spot
moovocal noise of cattlemouepouting grimace
moorsecure a ship etc; tract of open landMoormember of mixed Berber & Arab peoplemoregreater in quantity, number, etc
moosethe elk, Alces alcesmoussewhipped, frozen cream dish
morningfirst part of daymourningexpressing or feeling sorrow
muscleband of fibrous tissuemusselmollusc of genus Mytilus
mustarda condimentmusteredbrought together

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N

navalrelating to ships or navynavelscar of the umbilical cord
naymore than that; word of negationnéebornneighcry of a horse
newnot formerly in existenceknewhad knowledge of
needbe in want ofkneadwork into a plastic mass; shape; pummel
noneno one, no personnunwoman devoted to religious life

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O

oarflattened blade for rowingoralternative; ere, beforeorenatural mineral substance
ohan exclamationowebe indebted to
onesingle, undividedwongained, achieved; monetary unit of Korea
orcwhale of the genus Orcaauknorthern seabird
ovafemale egg celloverabove; extra

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P

pailround, open vesselpalelacking in colour; pointed stake
painbodily or mental sufferingpanesheet of glass
pairtwo of a kindparecut or shavepearfruit of pear tree
palateroof of mouth; sense of tastepalettearrangement of colours
pallcover or shroudpawllever used to prevent a wheel running back
pauseintermission of action etcpawsfeet of animals
peacestate of quiet, tranquillitypiecedistinct part of anything
peaksharp point or top; pine away; raise verticallypeekpeer, peep, prypiqueirritate; stimulate; heavy fabric
pealloud sound, as of bellspeelskin of fruit etc
pedallever worked by footpeddlesell in small quantities
peermember of nobility; look very closely atpierlanding stage
pi16th letter of Greek alphabet; math. symbolpiepastry; printer's type
pickschooses or selectspyxbox, casket
placelocality, positionplaicea flatfish
plainclear, evident; simpleplanelevel surface; smoothing tool; tree; aeroplane
pleasentreaties; excusespleasegive pleasure; be desire of
plumsmall fleshy fruitplumblead weight; vertically; downright
polelong, thin piece of wood, metal; N/S point of compasspollvoting, counting
porehole in skin; studypourflow downwards; emit copiously
praiseextol, glorifypraysbeseeches, begs
praybeseech, begpreyvictim; to make a victim of
prieslooks closely, peeps, peersprisewrench; force open; leverprizean award; value highly
principalchief, leading, mainpriciplesource, origin; comprehensive truth
profitadvantage, benefitprophetone who fortells future
programcomputer applicationprogrammelist of successive items
psi23rd letter of Greek alphabetsighinhale & exhale deeply

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Q

queandisreputable woman, slut, hussyqueenfemale sovereign
quire24 or 25 sheets of paperchoirorganised body of singers

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R

rackopen framework; destruction; draw offwrackseaweed; moving clouds; destruction, ruin
raincondensed atmospheric moisturereignperiod of predominencereinnarrow strip for guiding a horse
raiseput in higher positionraysbeams of lightrazedemolish, level to ground
rapstrike smartly; the least amountwrapenfold, envelop, pack  
rappedstruck smartlyraptenraptured, absorbedwrappedenfolded, enveloped, packed
readreproduce words mentallyreedwater plant
readto have reproduced words mentallyredbright warm colour
realactually existingreelspool, bobbin; stagger; lively dance
reekstrong disagreeable odourwreakcarry out, cause
restcease from exertion, reposewrestpull, wrench forcibly
retchtry to vomit; to strainwretchmiserable, unfortunate person
reviewfinal examination; look back onrevuea light entertainment
rho17th letter of Greek alphabetroefish eggs; small deerrowa series in a straight line; propel by oars
rhymecorrespondence of soundrimea deposit of ice
rightcorrect, just; opposite of leftritereligious or solemn actwrightperson who makes, builds etc
 writeform words with pen etc
ringcircle; give a clear vibrating soundwringtwist, squeeze, compress
roadtrack or way for travelling onrodepast tense of RIDE
roleactor's part; functionrollanything rolled up; small loaf
rootlower part of plant; fundementalroutecourse, way, road travelled
rotemechanical, routine memorywroteformed words with pen etc
roughuneven, broken, irregular textureruffpleated, fluted collar; small fish
routdefeatrouteto root up, turn; gouge scoop
rungstep of a ladder; past tense of RINGwrungpast tense of WRING
ryea cerealwrytwisted, crooked; dryly humerous

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S

sailship's canvas used to catch windsaleact of selling
scenesite of an occurrenceseenperceived by eye; comprehended
seabody of waterseeperceive by eye; diocese
seamjunction between 2 partsseemgive the impression of
searburn or scorch the surface ofseerperson who sees; prophetsereseries of ecological communities
seasbodies of waterseizegrasp suddenlyseesperceives by eye
sewstitch togethersoin such a manner; extremelysowscatter seed
shakemove rapidly to & fro, up & downsheikhead of Bedouin family, clan, tribe
shearcut with shearssheerpure, simple, absolute; perpendicular
shoefootwearshoobegone, be offchouxtype of pastry
shoreland on border of body of water; prop, staysurecertain, confident
sidebounding suface of a material objectsighedinhaled & exhaled deeply
sighsinhales & exhales deeplysizemeasurement, dimensions; solution used for glazing
signmark expressing a meaningsinetrigonometric function; without, lacking
slayput to death, killsleighsnow vehicle, sledge
sleightdexterity; a trick, stratagemslightinconsiderable, insignificant
slewkilled; turn, twist aboutslueturn, twist about
sloefruit of blackthornslownot quick
soarfly into air, risesoretender & painful
soaredflew into air, roseswordweapon
soleunderside of foot; flat fish; single, only, uniquesoulspiritual part of person; vital principle
someindeterminate quantitysumaggregate of 2 or more quantities; total
sonmale descendantsunheavenly body
spadeimplement for digging; playing cardspayeddestroyed, removed ovaries of female animal
staidsteady, sober, sedatestayedremained
staireach of a series of stepsstareslooks with fixed eyes
stakestick, post; a wagersteakthick slice of meat
stationarynot moving; fixedstationerywriting materials
stealtake without permission; secure covertlysteelmetal; sharpening implement
stilecontrivance for climbing a wall, fence etcstylemanner, fashion
storeyhorizontal division of a buildingstorynarrative, plot, tale
straightnot bentstraitnarrow passage of water; a trying position
suiteset of connecting rooms, matching furniture etcsweetcontaining sugar; fragrant; pleasant
swathit sharplyswotstudy hard

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T

tackssmall, sharp nailstaxa levy; heavy demand, strain
tailpart of an animal etc; reartalea narrative, story
talkcommunicate by speechtorquemovement of a system of forces causing rotation
tarethe common vetch; a weight allowancetearpull forcibly apart, rip
taughtcaused to learntauttight
teaevergreen shrub of genus Camellia sinensis; a drinkteea golf ball rest; the letter T
teamgroup of people; 2 or more horses etcteembe prolific, abundant; pour as rain
tearmoisure from eyetierrow, rank
teaseannoy, torment; separate fibres of; one who teasesteesplural of tee
ternsmall seabird; set of 3ternealloy of lead & tinturnrotate; point in different direction; succession
theirpossesive of THEYtherein or at that place, point or stagethey'rethey are (abb)
theirsbelong to themthere'sthere is (abb)
throneroyal seatthrownflung, hurled, cast
thymeplant of genus Thymustimeperiod of succession; epoch, era
ticconvulsive twitchtickregular sound as of clock; parasitic arachnid; bed cover or case
tiderise & fall of the seatiedbound, secured, fastened
tooexcessive quantity; as well, also; moreovertwothe number 2
tooklaid hold of, grasped, seized, captured, stoletuckpress, fold roll loose ends compactly; beat of a drum; narrow sword
toughfirm, strong, resilienttuffearthy deposit of volcanic materials
troopassemblage of persons or animals; crowd, companytroupecompany of actors, performers etc

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V

vaillower or doff one's cap; to availvalevalley; farewellveilcloth attached to headdress; curtain; mask
vainexcessively proud; empty; fruitlessvaneweathercock; arm of windmillveinblood vessel; seam; trait
vialsmall vesselvilefoul, disgusting; depraved; morally base

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W

waillament; plaintive soundwaleridge on skin, wealwhalelarge marine mammal
wailsplural of wailwales/Walesplural of wale/ country of UKwhalesplural of whale
wain4-wheeled vehicle; wagonwanediminish in size & brilliance; decrease in power; decline
waistpart of human body; middlewasteconsume, spend, use up unnecessarily
wantlack, deficiency, absence of; longing, desirewontused, accustomed to; custom, habit
wararmed conflictworepast tense of WEAR
warespecific manufactured articles; conscious, aware; warywearhave on person as clothing; be diminished by usewhereat or in what place
warngive notice to beforehand; cautionwornpast participle of WEAR
wattunit of power or rate of doing workwhatwhich thing or things
waxyellow mouldable substance excreted by bees; increase gradually in size & brilliancewhacksstrikes heavily
wayroad, path, track or other place of passage; methodweighfind the weight of; to have weightwheywatery part of milk
weplural of MEweevery small, tiny
weakdeficient in strengthweekperiod of 7 days
weatherstate of the atmosphere at a given time, placewethera castrated ramwhetherintroducing an alternative clause
weirdam across river or streamwe'rewe are (abb)
wetmoistened, soaked, covered with water or other liquidwhetsharpen; excite, stimulate
whenat what or which timewensebaceous cyst; abnormal growth; runic letter W
whichwhat person, thingwitchfemale practitioner of sorcery; hag
whileduring that timewiletrick, artifice, deception
whineplaintive, long-drawn out cry; complainwinefermented juice of grapes
whirledswung rapidly round at speedworldthe earth
whirredrevolved, moved, flew quickly with buzzing soundwordconstituent part of a sentence
wighead covering of false hair; reprimand, scoldWhigmember of British political party
wingain, obtain, achievewhinfurze, gorse
witintelligence, sense, sagacity; humourwhita jot, the least amount, iota
woodfibrous substance of a tree; timberwoulddesired, wished, chose

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Y

yokeCarrying frameyolkyellow of an egg; natural grease in sheep's wool
yorelong ago, old timeyourpossessive of YOUyou'reyou are (abb)
youthe person, animal, thing, etc., addressed; yourselfewefemale sheep; a condition in horsesyewevergreen shrub or tree
YuleChristmas time; cake shaped like a logyou'llyou will (abb)

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