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English Homophones


Name the sets of English homophones – words which are spelled differently and have different meanings, but have the same pronouncation. Groups of homophones are sorted by the first word in each group alphabetically. Words then sorted within each group A-Z. Parts of speech such as plurals, past participles, gerunds, etc are not included if the root word is already listed UNLESS a third new word is a homophone in the group created by the other part of speech. Only sets of words in which each word is on the TWL06 word list (a widely-used Scrabble word list) are included, so in general proper nouns are not included. Group # shown along with number of words in that group.

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1 month ago

phase / faze

all three of rout / root / route

aerie / airy (as noted below)

Last edited 1 month ago by clemente
9 months ago

Gnu (with new and knew)?

11 months ago

joule jewel

1 year ago

caught, court ?

1 year ago

Three and Free (?)

9 years ago

also aerie/airy

9 years ago

affect/effect (I pronounce the verb of the former and the noun of the latter the same — YMMV), addition/edition.

4 years ago
Reply to  victoria

in what dialect are put and putt homophonous?

9 years ago

Fort / Fought should be there surely?

9 years ago

Err? with air and heir. I know some rhyme it with prefer, but “air” is considered a valid pronunciation by my dictionary.

When I finish, the hardest/missed don’t appear.

5 years ago
Reply to  prcstntr

A quiz like this is highly dependent on dialect, and a lot of people distinguish the vowel in “err” (or “merry”) from that in “air” (or “Mary”).

9 years ago

I imagine that a bunch of homophones that I’m not finding are because of regional accent differences, i.e. ant/aunt are homophones to me while cot/caught are not, but it’s the opposite for my cousins who grew up in a different state. However, there were some that I was surprised not to find, like banned/band, ate/eight, do with dew/due. Is this a case of regional differences that I am unaware of?

9 years ago

There were a few others missing—some because of the nature of the source (so, “can’t” and “cant”, or “why” and “Y”), but there were a few others I expected to be there but didn’t find (and now can’t remember, sigh).

9 years ago

Close and clothes don’t seem to be there. Also don and dawn didn’t work. Or maybe I’m mixed up.

9 years ago
Reply to  Retracto

In my accent, neither of those are homophones.

9 years ago
Reply to  Aiwendil

In mine, both are.

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