Homophones List

This list contains more that 2000 homophones. Only homophones with different spellings are listed. Some proper nouns, contractions, and possessives are included in the list.

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A

a, eh

acclamation, acclimation

acts, ax

ad, add

ade, aid, aide

ades, aids, aides

adherence, adherents

adieu, ado

admittance, admittants

adolescence, adolescents

ads, adds, adz

aerie, airy

aero, arrow

agar, auger, augur

agars, augers, augurs

ail, ale

ails, ales

air, ere, heir

airs, heirs

aisle, I’ll, isle

all, awl

allowed, aloud

all’s, awls

altar, alter

altars, alters

analyst, annalist

analysts, annalists

ant, aunt

ants, aunts

ante, anti, aunty

apatite, appetite

append, upend

appended, upended

appending, upending

arc, ark

arcs, arks

arrant, errant

ascent, assent

ascents, assents

assistance, assistants

ate, eight

attendance, attendants

aught, ought

auks, ox

aural, oral

aureole, oriole

aureoles, orioles

auricle, oracle

auricles, oracles

auxin, oxen

away, aweigh

awed, odd

awes, os

awful, offal

awn, on

axel, axil, axle

axes, axis

aye , eye, I

ayes, eyes

 

B

baa, bah

bad, bade

Baal, bail, bale

bailer, baler

bailers, balers

bailing, baling

bails, bales

bait, bate

baited, bated

baits, bates

baize, bays

bald, balled, bawled

balks, box

ball, bawl

balls, bawls

balm, bomb

balms, bombs

baloney, bologna

band, banned

bans, banns, bands

bar, barre

bard, barred

bare, bear

bares, bears

baring, bearing

baron, barren

barrel, beryl

base, bass

based, baste

basis, basses

bask, Basque

basks, Basques

bate, bait

bated, baited

bates, baits

bauble, bobble

baubles, bobbles

baud, bawd

bawdy, body

bay, bey

bazaar, bizarre

be, bee

beach, beech

beaches, beeches

beat, beet

beats, beets

beau, bow

beaus, bows

been, bin

beer, bier

beers, biers

beetle, betel

bees, bise

belligerence, belligerents

bell, belle

bells, belles

berg, burg

bergs, burgs

berries, buries

berry, bury

berth, birth

berthed, birthed

berthing, birthing

berths, births

better, bettor

bib, bibb

bibs, bibbs

bight, bite, byte

bights, bites, bytes

billed, build

bird, burred

birr, burr

bit, bitt

bits, bitts

blend, blende

blends, blendes

blew, blue

bloc, block

blocs, blocks

blond, blonde

boar, bore

board, bored

boarder, border

boarders, borders

boars, bores

bode, bowed

bodies, body’s

bogie, bogey, bogy

bold, bowled

bolder, boulder

bole, boll, bowl

boles, bolls, bowls

boos, booze

bootie, booty

born, bourn

borough, burro, burrow

boroughs, burros, burrows

bouillon, bullion

bow, bough

bows, boughs

brae, bray

braid, brayed

Braille, brale

braise, brays, braze

brake, break

brakes, breaks

braking, breaking

breach, breech

breaches, breeches

bread, bred

brede, breed,

bredes, breeds

brewed, brood

brews, bruise

bridal, bridle

broach, brooch

broom, brougham

brooms, broughams

browse, brows

bruit, brute

buccal, buckle

burger, burgher

burgers, burghers

bus , buss

buses, busses

bussed, bust

but, butt

buts, butts

buy, by, bye

buyer, byer

buyers, byers

buys, byes

C

cache, cash

cached, cashed

caches, cashes

caching, cashing

cachou , cashew

cachous, cashews

calendar, calender

calendars, calenders

calix, calyx

calixes, calyxes

calk, caulk

calks, caulks

call, caul

caller, choler, collar

callers, collars

cannon, canon

cannons, canons

cant, can’t

canter, cantor

canters, cantors

canvas, canvass

canvases, canvasses

capital, capitol

capitals, capitols

caret, carrot, karat

carets, carrots, karats

caries, carries

carol, carrel

carols, carrels

cart, kart

carts, karts

cask, casque

casks, casques

cast, caste

caster, castor

casters, castors

casts, castes

catch, ketch

catches, ketches

cat’ll, cattle

caudal, caudle, coddle

cause, caws

cawed, cod

cedar, seeder

cedars, seeders

cede, seed

ceded, seeded

cedes, seeds

ceding, seeding

ceil, seal, seel

ceils, seals, seels

ceiling, sealing

ceilings, sealings

cell, sell

cellar, seller

cellars, sellers

cellar’s, seller’s

cells, sells

cense, cents, scents, sense

censers, censors, sensors

census, senses

cent, scent, sent

cents, sense

centuries, century’s

cere, sear, seer, sere

ceres, sears, seers, seres

cereal, serial

cereals, serials

cession, session

cessions, sessions

chalk, chock

chalks, chocks

chance, chants

chanty, shanty

chantys, shantys

chard, charred

chary, cherry

chased, chaste

cheap, cheep

check, cheque, Czech

checks, cheques, Czechs

chews, choose

chic, sheik

chili, chilly

chitin, chiton

choir, quire

choirs, quires

choral, coral

chorale, corral

chorales, corrals

chord, cord, cored

chordate, cordate

chords, cords

chott, shot

chotts, shots

chough, chuff

choughs, chuffs

chrism, chrisom

chucker, chukker

chuckers, chukkers

chute, shoot

chutes, shoots

cingular, singular

cirrus, serous

cist, cyst

cists, cysts

citable, sightable

cite, sight, site

cited, sighted, sited

cites, sights, sites

citing, sighting, siting

clack, claque

clacks, claques

claimant, clamant

claimants, clamants

clause, claws

clawed, clod

clew, clue

clews, clues

click, clique, klick

clicks, cliques, klicks

climb, clime

climbs, climes

close, clothes

coal, cole, kohl

coarse, corse, course

coat, cote

coats, cotes

coax, cokes

cocks, cox

coffer, cougher

coffers, coughers

coin, quoin

coins, quoins

collared, collard

colonel, kernel

colonels, colonel’s, kernels

competence, competents

complacent, complaisant

complement, compliment

complementary, complimentary

complemented, complimented

complementing, complimenting

concord, conquered

confectionary, confectionery

conk, conch

conks, conchs

coo, coup

coop, coupe

coops, coupes

coos, coups

cops, copse

coquet, coquette

cord, cored

core, corps

correspondence, correspondents

cosign, cosine

cosigns, cosines

council, counsel

councils, counsels

councillor, counselor

councillors, counselors

cousin, cozen

cousins, cozens

coward, cowered, cowherd

craft, kraft

crape, crepe

crapes, crepes

crater, krater

craters, kraters

crawl, kraal

crawls, kraals

creak, creek

creaks, creeks

crewel, cruel

crews, cruise, cruse

crows, croze

crude, crewed

cue, queue

cues, queues

currant, current

currants, currents

curser, cursor

cursers, cursors

cygnet, signet

cygnets, signets

cymbal, symbol

cymbals, symbols

D

dam, damn

dammed, damned

damming, damning

dams, damns

Dane , deign

Danes, deigns

dawn, don

dawns, dons

days, daze

dean, dene

deans, dene

dear, deer

deem, deme

deems, demes

defuse, diffuse

delinquence, delinquents

dense, dents

descent, dissent

dental, dentil

dependence, dependents

depravation, deprivation

depravations, deprivations

descent, dissent

descents, dissents

deviance, deviants

devisor, divisor

devisors, divisors

dew, do, due

dewed, dude

dewing, doing

dews, dues

die, dye

died, dyed

dies, dyes

dine, dyne

dines, dynes

dire, dyer

disburse, disperse

disburses, disperses

discreet, discrete

discussed, disgust

dissidence, dissidents

djinn, gin

do doe, dough

doc, dock

docs, docks

doe, dough

doer, dour

does, doze, doughs

doing, dewing

done, dun

dos, dues

dost, dust

douse, dowse

droop, drupe

droops, drupes

dual, duel

duals, duels

ducked, duct

dyeing, dying

E

earn, erne, urn

earns, ernes, urns

eave, eve

eaves, eves

eek, eke

eeks, ekes

eerie, erie

elicit, illicit

elude, allude

eludes, alludes

emerge, immerge

emerged, immerged

emerges, immerges

emerging, immerging

encyst, insist

encysts, insists

enfold, infold

enfolds, infolds

ensure, insure

ensure, insuring

ensured, insured

ensuring, insures

epic, epoch

epics, epochs

equivalence, equivalents

erupt, irrupt

eruption, irruption

eruptions, irruptions

eruptive, irruptive

eruptively, irruptively

ewe, yew, you

ewer, your, you’re

ewes, use, yews

exercise, exorcise

eyed, I’d

eyelet, islet

eyelets, islets

F

facts, fax

fade, fayed

faille, file

fain, feign

faint, feint

fainted, feinted

fainting, feinting

faints, feints

fair, fare

fairies, ferries

fairs, fares

fairy, ferry

faker, fakir

fakers, fakirs

farming, pharming

faro, Pharaoh

fat, phat

fate, fete

faun, fawn

fauns, fawns

faux, foe

fay, fey

faze, phase

fazed, phased

fazes, phases

fazing, phasing

fear, fere

feat, feet

felloe, fellow

felloes, fellows

fends, fens

fiche, fish

fie, phi

filer, phylar

find, fined

fir, fur

fern, firn

ferule, ferrule

ferules, ferrules

file, phial

files, phials

filter, philtre

filters, philtres

find, fined

firs, furs, furze

fisher, fissure

fishers, fissures

fishing, phishing

flacks, flax

flare, flair

flea, flee

fleas, flees

flecks, flex

flew, flu, flue

floc, flock

flocks, phlox

floe, flow

floes, flows

florescent, fluorescent

flour, flower

flours, flowers

flus, flues

foaled, fold

for, fore, four

forbear, forebear

foreword, forward

fort, forte

forth, fourth

foul, fowl

fouler, fowler

fouls, fowls

franc, frank

francs, franks

frays, phrase

frees, freeze, frieze

freezes, friezes

friar, fryer

friars, fryers

fro, froe

fungous, fungus

furs, furze

G

gaff, gaffe

gage, gauge

gages, gauges

gait, gate

gaits, gates

gamble, gambol

gambled, gamboled

gambles, gambols

gambling, gamboling

gaud, god

gauds, gods

gays, gaze

genes, jeans

gibe, jibe

gilt, guilt

gin, jinn

gnu, new, knew

gnus, news,

gored, gourd

graft, graphed

grate, great

grater, greater

grays, graze

greave, grieve

greaves, grieves

grill, grille

grills, grilles

grip, grippe

grisly, grizzly

groan, grown

grocer, grosser

guessed, guest

guide, guyed

guise, guys

H

hahs, hawse

hail, hale

hair, hare

hairier, harrier

hairs, hares

hairy, harry

hall, haul

halls, hauls

halve, have

halves, haves

halving, having

handsome, hansom

hangar, hanger

hangars, hangers

hart, heart

harts, hearts

hauler, holler

hauler, holler

haulers, hollers

hawk, hock

hawks, hocks

hay, hey

hays, heys, haze

heal, heel, he’ll

healed, heeled

healer, heeler

healers, heelers

healing, heeling

heals, heels

hear, here

heard, herd

hears, here’s

he’d, heed

herd, hurd

herds, hurds

heroin, heroine

hertz, hurts

hew, hue

hews, hues

hi, hie, high

higher, hire

him, hymn

ho, hoe

hoar, whore

hoard, horde

hoards, hordes

hoarse, horse

hoes, hose

hold, holed

hole, whole

holey, holy, wholly

hoop, whoop

hoops, whoops

hostel, hostile

hour, our

hours, ours

house, how’s

humerus, humorous

I

idle, idyll

imminent, immanent

impassable, impassible

in, inn

incidence, incidents

incite, insight

indict, indite

indicted, indited

indicting, inditing

innocence, innocents

ins, inns

its, it’s

J

jam, jamb

jams, jambs

jewel, joule

jewels, joules

K

kill, kiln

kills, kilns

knap, nap

knave, nave

knaves, naves

knead, kneed, need

kneaded, needed

kneads, needs

knight, night

knights, nights

knit, nit

knits, nits

knob, nob

knobs, nobs

knock, nock

knocks, nocks

knot, not

knotty, naughty

know, no

knows, noes, nose

L

lacks, lax

lade, laid

lager, logger

lagers, loggers

lain, lane

lam, lamb

lama, llama

lamas, llamas

laps, lapse

laser, lazar

lasers, lazars

lay, lei, ley

lays, leis

lea, lee

leach, leech

leaches, leeches

lead, led

leak, leek

leaks, leeks

lean, lien

leans, liens

leas, lees

leased, least

leaven, levin

less, loess

lessen, lesson

lessens, lessons

lesser, lessor

leucine, loosing

levee, levy

levees, levies

lever, livre

levers, livres

liar, lyre

liars, lyres

lichen, liken

lichens, likens

licker, liquor

lickers, liquors

lie, lye

limb, limn

limbs, limns

links, lynx

lo, low

load, lode, lowed

loads, lodes

loan, lone

loaner, loner

loch, lock

lochs, locks, lox

loot, lute

loots, lutes

luck’s, lux

lumbar, lumber

M

ma, maw

made, maid

mail, male

mails, males

main, mane

mains, manes

maize, maze

mall, maul, moll

malls, mauls. molls

mandrel, mandrill

mandrels, mandrills

manner, manor

manners, manors

marry, merry

marshal, martial

martin, marten

mask, masque

masks, masques

massed, mast

mat, matte

mean, mien

meat, meet, mete

meatier, meteor

meats, meets

medal, meddle

medals, meddles

metal, mettle

mews, muse

mho, mow

mhos, mows

might, mite

millenary, millinery

mince, mints

mind, mined

miner, minor

miners, minors

minion, minyan

minks, minx

miscible, missable

missal, missile

missals, missiles

missed, mist

misses, Mrs., missus

moan, mown

moat, mote

moats, motes

mock, Mach

mode, mowed

mood, mooed

moose, mousse

mordant, mordent

mordants, mordents

morn, mourn

morning, mourning

morns, mourns

mucous, mucus

murderess, murderous

murre, myrrh

muscle, mussel

muscles, mussels

mussed, must

mustard, mustered

N

nae, nay, neigh

naval, navel

nays, neighs

neumatic, pneumatic

nibble, nybble

nibbles, nybbles

none, nun

O

oar, or, ore

oars, ores

ode, owed

oh, owe

ohs, owes

one, won

oohs, ooze

P

paced, paste

packed, pact

paid, payed

pail, pale

pails, pales

pain, pane

pains, panes

pair, pare, pear

paired, pared

pairing, paring

pairs, pears, pares

pall, pawl

pan, panne

parasite, pericyte

parasites, pericytes

parish, perish

parishes, perishes

parlay, parley

parred, pard

passable, passible

passed, past

patience, patients

pauper, popper

pause, paws

pawed, pod

pawned, pond

pax, pox

peace, piece

peak, peek, pique

peaked, peeked, piqued

peaks, peeks, piques

peal, peel

pealed, peeled

pealing, peeling

peals, peels

pearl, purl

pearls, purls

pedal, peddle

pedalled, peddled

pedaller, peddler

pedalling, peddling

pedals, peddles

peer, pier

peers, piers

penance, pennants

pencel, pencil

pencels, pencils

people, pipal

per, purr

pew , phew, piu

pi, pie

pic, pick

pica, pika

picas, pikas

picks, pics, pyx

picnic, pyknic

pict, picked

pidgin, pigeon

pis, pies

pistil, pistol

pistils, pistols

pixie, pyxie

plain, plane

plains, planes

plait, plate

plaiter, plater

plaiters, platers

plaits, plates

plantar, planter

pleas, please

pleural, plural

plum, plumb

plums, plumbs

pocks, pox

pole, poll

poled, polled

poler, poller

polers, pollers

poles, polls

pommel, pummel

populace, populous

pore, pour

pored, poured

pores, pours

poring, pouring

praise, prays, preys

pray, prey

prayed, preyed

praying, preying

precedence, precedents

premier, premiere

presence, presents

presser, pressor

pressers, pressors

pride, pried

prier, prior

pries, prize

prince, prints

principal, principle

principals, principles

prise, prys

profit, prophet

profits, prophets

pros, prose

psychosis, sycosis

pupal, pupil

putty, puttee

puttys, puttees

Q

quarts, quartz

quean, queen

quince, quints

R

rack, wrack

racks, wracks

rah, raw

raid, rayed

rain, reign, rein

rained, reigned, reined

rains, reigns, reins

raise, rays, raze, rase

raised, razed

raiser, razer, razor

raisers, razers, razors

raises, razes

raising, razing

rancor, ranker

rap, wrap

rapped, rapt, wrapped

rapper, wrapper

rappers, wrappers

rapping, wrapping

raps, wraps

read, red, redd

read, reed

reads, reeds

real, reel

recite, resite

recites, resites

reek, wreak

reeks, wreaks

resister, resistor

rest, wrest

rests, wrests

retch, wretch

review, revue

reviews, revues

rheumy, roomy

rigger, rigor

riggers, rigors

right, rite, wright, write

rights, rites, wrights, writes

rime, rhyme

ring, wring

ringer, wringer

ringers, wringers

rings, wrings

rise, ryes

road, rode, rowed

roe, row

role, roll

roles, rolls

roomer, rumor

roomers, rumors

root, route

roots, routes

rose, rows

rot, wrought

rote, wrote

rued, rude

rues, ruse

rum, rhumb

rung, wrung

rye, wry

S

sac, sack

sachet, sashay

sacks, sax

sail, sale

sails, sales

sane, seine

sari, sorry

sawed, sod

scene, seen

scull, skull

sculls, skulls

sea, see, cee

seal, seel

seam, seem

seamed, seemed

seamen, semen

seams, seems

sear, seer, sere

sears, seers

seas, sees, seize

sects, sex

Senate, sennit, sennet

serf, surf

serge, surge

settler, settlor

settlers, settlors

sew, so, sow

sewed, sowed

sewer, sower

sewer, suer

sewn, sown, sone

sews, sows

sexed, sext

sextan, sexton

shear, sheer

shears, sheers

sheave, shiv

sheaves, shivs

shivery, shivaree

shoe, shoo

shoes, shoos

shone, shown

sic, sick

side, sighed

sighs, size

sign, sine, syne

signet, cygnet

signs, sines

sink, sync

sinking, syncing

slay, sleigh

slays, sleighs

sleave, sleeve

sleaves, sleeves

sleight, slight

slew, slough

soar, sore

soared, sword

soars, sores

socks, sox

sole, soul

soles, souls

some, sum

son, sun, sunn

sonny, sunny

sons, suns

sot, sought

sou, sue

sous, sues

spade, spayed

specks, specs

spits, spitz

spoor, spore

stade, staid, stayed

staff, staph

staid, stayed

stair, stare

stairs, stares

stake, steak

stakes, steaks

stalk, stock

stalks, stocks

stanch, staunch

stationary, stationery

steal, steel

steals, steels

step, steppe

steps, steppes

sticks, Styx

stile, style

stiles, styles

stolen, stolon

stoop, stoup, stupe

stoops, stoups, stupes

strait, straight

succor, sucker

succors, suckers

suede, swayed

suite, sweet

suites, sweets

sundae, Sunday

sundaes, Sundays

surplice, surplus

T

tacked, tact,

tacks, tax

tail, tale

tails, tales

talk, tock

talks, tocks

taper, tapir

tapers, tapirs

tare, tear

tares, tears

tarries, terries

tarry, terry

taught, tot, taut

tea, tee

team, teem

teams, teems

tear, tier

tearrer, terror

tears, tiers

teas, tease

tense, tents

tern, turn

terns, turns

Thai, tie

Thais, ties

their, there, they’re

threw, through

throe, throw

throes, throws

throne, thrown

tic, tick

tics, ticks

tied, tide

tighten, titan

til, till

timber, timbre

timbers, timbers

time, thyme

to, too, two

toad, toed, towed

tocsin, toxin

tocsins, toxins

toe, tow

toes, tows

told, tolled

tole, toll

ton, tun

tons, tuns

tool, tulle

tooter, tutor

tooters, tutors

tough, tuff

toughed, tuft

tracked, tract

tracks, tracts

trade, trayed

tray, trey

trays, treys

troop, troupe

troops, troupes

trussed, trust

turban, turbine

turbans, turbines

twill, ‘twill

U

undo, undue

V

vail, vale, veil

vain, vane, vein

vales, veils

vanes, veins

vary, very

vial, vile, viol

vice, vise

vices, vises

villain, villein

W

wade, weighed

wail, wale

wails, Wales

wain, wane

waist, waste

waists, wastes

wait, weight

waits, weights

waive, wave

waiver, waver

waivers, wavers

waives, waves

walk, wok

walks, woks

wand, wanned

want, wont

war, wore

ward, warred

ware, wear

wares, wears

warn, worn

wart, wort

warts, worts

way, weigh

we, wee

weed, we’d

weak, week

weakly, weekly

weal, we’ll

wean, ween

weather, wether

weave, we’ve

we’d, weed

weighs, ways

we’re, weir

wheal, wheel

wheals, wheels

wind, wined

wood, would

Y

yawn, yon

yoke, yolk

yokes, yolks

you’ll, Yule

you're, yore, your