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Homophones, a linguistic phenomenon that continues to confound and amuse, have long been a source of both amusement and confusion for language enthusiasts. This article presents a comprehensive list of common homophones, carefully curated to enhance the reader’s understanding of this phonetic curiosity.

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120+ Common Homophones in English

Common Homophones List

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Here is the list of more than 120 common homophones in English:

  • accede — exceed
  • accept — except
  • addition — edition
  • adds — adz — ads
  • affect — effect
  • ale — ail
  • all ready — already
  • ayes — eyes
  • baa — bah
  • bail — bale
  • bass — base
  • baste — based
  • bate — bait
  • bated — baited
  • dense — dents
  • descent — dissent
  • dun — done
  • dye — die
  • dyeing — dying
  • fare — fair
  • fate — fete
  • faun — fawn
  • fax — facts
  • flour — flower
  • flow — floe
  • flower — flour
  • flu — flue — flew
  • flyer — flier
  • foaled — fold
  • fort — forte
  • graft — graphed
  • graham — gram
  • graphed — graft
  • greece — grease
  • grill — grille
  • grisly — grizzly
  • groan — grown
  • guerilla — gorilla
  • guessed — guest
  • guild — gild
  • guilder — gilder
  • guilt — gilt
  • gym — Jim
  • hail — hale
  • hair — hare
  • hall — haul
  • halve — have
  • handmade — handmaid
  • handsome — hansom
  • hangar — hanger
  • hay — hey
  • hays — haze
  • he’d — heed
  • he’ll — heal — heel
  • hear — here
  • heard — herd
  • heart — hart
  • heroin — heroine
  • hertz — hurts
  • hew — hue
  • hey — hay
  • hi — high
  • higher — hire
  • him — hymn
  • hire — higher
  • ho — hoe
  • hoard — horde
  • hoarse — horse
  • hoe — ho
  • hoes — hose
  • hole — whole
  • holed — hold
  • hour — our
  • hue — hugh — hew
  • humerus — humorous
  • hurts — hertz
  • hymn — him
  • I — eye
  • I’ll — aisle — isle
  • idle — idol — idyll
  • illicit — elicit
  • illusion — allusion
  • illusive — allusive — elusive
  • incite — insight
  • innocence — innocents
  • jam — jamb
  • jean — gene
  • jell — gel
  • jibe — gibe
  • carat — carrot
  • kernel — colonel
  • knap — nap
  • knave — nave
  • kneed — need
  • lacks — lax
  • ladder — latter
  • lade — laid
  • lain — lane
  • lays — laze — leis
  • lea — lee
  • leach — leech
  • lead — led
  • leak — leek
  • lean — lien
  • leased — least
  • one — won
  • owe — oh
  • padded — patted
  • reed — read
  • reek — wreak
  • reel — real
  • soled — sold
  • some — sum
  • son — sun
  • tied — tide
  • tier — tear
  • veil — vale
  • vice — vise
  • vile — vial
  • wader — waiter
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Homophones List with Meanings

  • Accede – To agree to a request or demand.
  • Exceed – To go beyond a limit or standard.

 

  • Accept – To receive or take something.
  • Except – To exclude or leave out.

 

  • Addition – An increase in quantity or number.
  • Edition – A particular version of a book or publication.

 

  • Adds – To increase in quantity or number.
  • Adz – A cutting tool used for shaping wood or other materials.
  • Ads – Short for advertisements.

 

  • Affect – To influence or cause a change.
  • Effect – A result or consequence of an action or influence.

 

  • Ale – A type of beer.
  • Ail – To be ill or in poor health.

 

  • All ready – Ready.
  • Already – Previously or before now.

 

  • Ayes – A formal expression of assent or agreement.
  • Eyes – The organs of sight in a person or animal.

 

  • Baa – The sound a sheep makes.
  • Bah – An expression of contempt or disapproval.

 

  • Bail – To provide security for the release of someone from jail.
  • Bale – A large bundle of goods tightly bound with cords or wire.

 

  • Bass – A type of fish or a low-frequency sound.
  • Base – The lowest part or foundation of something.

 

  • Baste – To moisten food while cooking to prevent drying.
  • Based – To have a foundation or basis in something.

 

  • Bate – To moderate or lessen the force or intensity of something.
  • Bait – Something used to entice or attract, often for fishing or trapping.

 

  • Lean – To incline or tilt to one side.
  • Lien – A legal claim or right to hold another’s property as security for payment of a debt.
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  • Leased – To have a property or asset rented out to another person or business.
  • Least – The smallest in amount, size, or degree.

 

  • One – The number 1.
  • Won – Past tense of the verb “win”.

 

  • Owe – To be indebted or obligated to pay someone else.
  • Oh – An exclamation used to express surprise, realization, or entreaty.

 

  • Padded – Filled or cushioned for protection or comfort.
  • Patted – Lightly tapped or touched with the hand.

 

  • Reed – A type of tall, narrow-leaved grass.
  • Read – Past tense of the verb “read”.

 

  • Reek – To give off an unpleasant or strong odor.
  • Wreak – To cause or bring about something, often destruction or havoc.

 

  • Reel – A device used for winding and storing cord or film.
  • Real – Actual or existing in fact.

 

  • Soled – To have a sole (bottom) added to a shoe or piece of clothing.
  • Sold – To have transferred ownership of a good or property in exchange for payment.

 

  • Some – An indefinite quantity or number.
  • Sum – An aggregate amount or total.

 

  • Son – A male offspring.
  • Sun – The star at the center of the solar system.

 

  • Tied – To have fastened or secured with a cord or rope.
  • Tide – The alternate rising and falling of the sea caused by the gravitational pull of the moon and sun.

 

  • Tier – A row or level of something.
  • Tear – To rip or break apart.

 

  • Veil – A piece of cloth used to cover the face or head.
  • Vale – A valley or low-lying area of land.
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  • Vice – Immoral or wicked behavior or a habit that is harmful.
  • Vise – A mechanical device used for holding an object in place.

 

  • Vile – Morally reprehensible or disgusting.
  • Vial – A small container, often made of glass, used to hold liquids.

 

  • Wader – A type of waterproof footwear used for walking in water.
  • Waiter – A person who serves food or drinks in a restaurant or similar setting.

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Joshua Lamont

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

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Joshua Lamont

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

2 hey hay

Joshua Lamont

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

there are 2 graft graphed

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Tuesday 15th of June 2021

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king

Tuesday 15th of June 2021

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