What are homophones?

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What is English Homophones words?

A homophone is a word that has the same pronunciation as another word but has different spelling and meaning. For example, ‘one’ and ‘won’ are pronounced the same (/wʌn/ in the IPA) but the have different spelling and different meanings.

English Homophone Examples With Short Vowels

/i:/

  • be – bee /biː/
  • key – quay /kiː/
  • sea – see /siː/
  • seas– sees – seize /siːz/
  • seam – seem /siːm/
  • beat – beet /biːt/
  • bean – been /biːn/
  • feet – feat /fi:t/
  • be – bee /biː/
  • key – quay /kiː/
  • sea – see /siː/
  • seas– sees – seize /siːz/
  • seam – seem /siːm/
  • beat – beet /biːt/
  • bean – been /biːn/
  • feet – feat /fi:t/
  • meat – meet /miːt/
  • creak – creek /kriːk/
  • weak – week /wiːk/
  • peak – peek /pi:k/
  • read – reed /riːd/
  • steal – steel /stiːl/
  • heal – heel /hi:l/
  • scene – seen /siːn/
  • teas – tease /tiːz/
  • piece – peace /piːs/
  • ceiling -sealing /ˈsiː.lɪŋ/
  • sweet – suite /swiːt/
  • genes – jeans /dʒiːnz/
  • cereal – serial /ˈsi:.ri.jəl/

/ɔː/

  • awe – oar – or /ɔː/
  • your – you’re /jɔː/
  • for – four /fɔː/
  • saw – sore – soar /sɔː/
  • paw – pour – poor /pɔː/
  • shore – sure /ʃɔː/
  • raw – roar /rɔː/
  • bored – board /bɔːd/
  • sort – sought /sɔːt/
  • caught – court /kɔːt/
  • hall – haul /hɔːl/
  • sauce – source /sɔːs/
  • horse – hoarse /hɔːs/
  • pause – paws /pɔːz/
  • morning-mourning /ˈmɔː.nɪŋ/

/u:/

  • to – too – two /tuː/
  • you – U – ewe /juː/
  • cue – queue /kju:/
  • threw – through /θruː/
  • knew – new /njuː/
  • flew – flu /fluː/
  • blew – blue /bluː/
  • chews – choose /tʃuːz/
  • crews – cruise /kruːz/
  • root – route (UK Aus) /ruːt/
  • moose–mousse /muːs/

/ɜː/

  • heard – herd /hɜːd/

/a:/

  • passed – past /pɑːst/
  • aren’t–aunt (UK Aus) /ɑːnt/
  • draft – draught /dra:ft/

English Homophone Examples With Diphthong Vowels

/eɪ/

  • ate – eight /eɪt/
  • way – weigh – whey /weɪ/
  • pray – prey /preɪ/
  • wait – weight /weɪt/
  • waist – waste /weɪst/
  • great – grate /greɪt/
  • made – maid /meɪd/
  • break – brake /breɪk/
  • steak – stake /steɪk/
  • rain – reign /reɪn/
  • plain – plane /pleɪn/
  • vein – vain – vane /veɪn/
  • pain – pane /peɪn/
  • base – bass /beɪs/
  • phase – faze /feɪz/
  • raise – rays /reɪz/
  • faint – feint /feɪnt/
  • sail – sale /seɪl/
  • mail – male /meɪl/
  • tail – tale /teɪl/
  • bail – bale /beɪl/
  • wail – whale /weɪl/

/aɪ/

  • die – dye /daɪ/
  • high – hi /haɪ/
  • buy – by – bye /baɪ/
  • bite – byte – bight /baɪt/
  • night – knight /naɪt/
  • right – write /raɪt/
  • sight – site /saɪt/
  • tide – tied /taɪd/
  • side – sighed /saɪd/
  • mind – mined /maɪnd/
  • find – fined /faɪnd/
  • I’ll – aisle – isle /aɪl/
  • idle – idol /ˈaɪ.dəl/
  • higher – hire /ˈhaɪ.jə/

/aʊ/

  • bow (v) – bough /baʊ/
  • foul – fowl /faʊl/
  • allowed – aloud /əˈlaʊd/
  • flower – flour /ˈflaʊ.wə/

/oʊ/

  • know – no /noʊ/
  • toe – tow /toʊ/
  • so – sow (verb) – sew /soʊ/
  • soul – sole /soʊl/
  • rose – rows /roʊz/
  • knows – nose /noʊz/
  • roll – role /roʊl/
  • whole – hole /hoʊl/
  • holy – wholly – holy /ˈhoʊ.li/
  • loan – lone /loʊn/
  • thrown – throne /θroʊn/
  • road – rode /roʊd/
  • wrote – rote /roʊt/
  • grown – groan /groʊn/

/eə/

  • air – heir /eə/
  • pair – pear /peər/
  • hair – hare /heə/
  • fair – fare /feə/
  • stair – stare /steə/
  • bare -bear /beə/
  • there – they’re – their /ðeə/
  • where – we’re – wear /weə/
  • mare – mayor /meə/

/ɪə/

  • hear – here /hɪə/
  • tear (n) – tier /tɪə/
  • dear – deer /dɪə/

/ɔɪ/

  • boy – buoy /bɔɪ/