What are homonyms?
Homonyms include two sub categories: Homographs and Homophones
♦ Homographs are words with the same spelling but a different meaning.
♦ Homophones are words with the same sound but have different meanings.
This list of frequently-used homonyms below, with examples of their use,
is designed to help English learners.
is designed to help English learners.
|heir||I'm going out for some fresh air;|
George is the heir to the throne.
|aloud||Children are not allowed in the casino.|
Could you read the letter aloud please?
|eight||The littlel boy ate all the biscuits.|
There were eight biscuits on the plate.
|band||Keep them together with a rubber band.|
A band of thieves arrived in the area.
|bank||My salary is paid into my bank account.|
I often walk along the bank of the river.
|bear||The floor was bare, with not even a rug.|
Polar bears can be found in the Arctic Circle.
|bark||Some dogs bark a lot.|
Cork comes from the bark of a tree.
|bat||You need a bat to play baseball.|
A bat flies at night.
|bred||We need bread to make sandwiches.|
Charles was born and bred in England.
|bough||The actors bowed to the audience.|
A bough of the tree nearly touched the ground.
|cell||sell||The human body is composed of millions of cells.|
The prisoner was kept in a cell.
The shop sells fruit and vegetables.
|sent /scent||There are 100 cents in a dollar.|
His mother sent him to buy the newspaper.
Do you like the scent of lavender?
|serial||Alex has cereal for breakfast.|
Serials are popular on TV.
|close||Close the door please.|
The cinema is close to the church.
|course||He wore a coarse woollen jacket.|
She is taking a course in Chinese.
|deer||Dear Mr. Brown.|
The female deer is called a doe.
|dye||It's very sad to die young.|
I'm going to dye my hair red.
|ate||Eight is the double of four.|
He ate everything on his plate.
|fair||fare||Our teacher is fair. She treats us all equally.|
The weather was quite fair all week.
How much is the bus fare?
|fan||Did the Rolling Stones have many fans?|
It's so hot! Please turn on the fan.
|fine||My grandmother is feeling fine today.|
Jack got a fine for illegal parking.
|flee||Cats and dogs often get fleas.|
Hundreds of refugees are trying to flee the country.
|flour||My mother has a variety of flowers in her garden.|
Flour is used to make cakes and pastries.
|grate||Tom! It's great to see you!|
Grate cheese over the dish, then put it in the oven.
|ground||Julie loves the smell of ground coffee.|
The boy fell on the ground and hurt his knee.
|hare||She keeps her hair shoulder-length.|
A hare is a bit like a rabbit with longer ears.
|haul||Let's meet in the entrance hall in 30 mins.|
I had to haul my suitcase up 3 flights of stairs!
|hanger||Each plane is in a separate hangar.|
Here's a hanger to hang up your coat.
|heel||His wounds took quite some time to heal.|
I can't walk in high heels!
|here||Did you hear what I said?|
Come here and look at this photograph!
|whole||The old man's sweater was full of holes.|
Alex ate the whole bar of chocolate!
|quay||I'd open the door if I had the key.|
A crowd on the quay waited for the boat to arrive.
|night||The Knights of the Round Table.|
They worked day and night to finish the project.
|no||"Do you know that man?"|
"No, I don't."
|lie||"Don't lie to me. Tell me the truth!"|
"I'm going to lie down and have a rest."
|male||The contract will be sent by mail.|
Human beings are either male or female.
|mean||What does 'homonym' mean?|
He's wealthy but mean; he won't make a donation.
|meet||Meat is an excellent source of protein.|
I suggest we meet at 12.30 for lunch tomorrow.
|nun||We've eaten all the apples. There are none left.|
A nun takes religious vows and lives in a convent.
|won||You can have one sweet only.|
Jack won the tennis match last week.
|pale||She used a pail of water to wash the dishes.|
"You look a bit pale. Are you feeling ok?"
|pear||"I need a pair of scissors to cut the thread."|
In the fruit bowl there were apples and pears.
|piece||After years of civil war the people wanted peace.|
"Would you like a piece of chocolate?"
|plain||plane||She looked elegant in a plain simple dress.|
His disapproval was plain to see.
The plane to London left at 3 p.m.
|pupil||The teacher reminded the pupils to arrive on time.|
The pupil is in the centre of the iris of the eye.
|race||"Which horse won the race on Saturday?"|
People of all races can live in harmony here.
|reed||He finds it difficult to read without his glasses.|
Reeds are grass-like plants that grow near the water.
|write||"That's right. Your answer is correct!"|
"I'm going to write a letter of application for the job."
|ring||The young couple exchanged wedding rings.|
The children sat in a ring around the teacher.
The church bells ring for the morning service.
|roll||George Clooney played the main role in the film.|
They bought 3 rolls of wallpaper.
Don't let the ball roll across the road.
|route||The root of a plant is in the soil.|
They looked for the straightest route home.
|row||We got seats in the front row.|
Julie is not happy; she had a row with her boyfriend.
|sale||Jack got in his boat to sail across the bay.|
The salesman gets a commission on each sale.
|see||Dolphins live in the sea.|
Look! Can you see the dolphins?
|sow||A button fell off my coat, so I had to sew it back on.|
Every spring he sows flower seeds in his garden.
|site||My grandfather can't see well. His sight is failing.|
The town authorities have bought a site for a school.
|sole||soul||There were holes in the soles of his shoes.|
He was the sole survivor of the plane crash.
Christians believe that the soul exists after death.
|sum||Some people fine English difficult, others find it easy.|
The sum of 2 and 2 is 4.
|sun||Their son is called Tom; their daughter is called Eva.|
People wear suncream when they lie in the sun.
|stare||Stairs lead from one floor to another.|
It's very rude to stare at other people.
|stake||steak||A strong wooden stick can be called a stake.|
Drive carefully; your life is at stake.
His favourite meal is steak and chips.
|steel||It's dishonest to steal. You must give that back!|
Steel is used to make vehicles and machinery.
|sweet||A set of rooms in a hotel is called a suite.|
Sugar has a sweet taste.
|tale||Cats and dogs have tails.|
Children love listening to fairy tales.
|tear||The story was so sad a tear rolled down her cheek.|
Be careful not to tear the newspaper.
|tip||He gave the waiter a tip.|
Do you need some advice? I can give you a tip.
|toast||I usually have tea and toast for breakfast.|
Guests raise their glasses to toast the bridal couple.
|tow||Each foot has five toes.The police will tow your car away if you park there.|
|vain||vein||She's a vain person who has a high opinion of herself.|
Our efforts were in vain; the project failed.
Veins in the body carry blood to the heart.
|waste||She wore a red belt around her waist.|
Turn off the tap. We mustn't waste water.
|weight||I had to wait 10 minutes for the bus.|
If you eat too much you'll put on weight.
|weigh||Can you tell me the way to the station please?|
That looks heavy. How much does it weigh?
|week||My mother still feels weak after her illness.|
There are seven days in a week.
|witch||Which do you prefer, the blue one or the green one?|
In fairy stories a witch has evil powers.
|wind||We can't go windsurfing if there's no wind.|
I'm going to wind a bandage around your arm.
|wound||I wound up the old alarm clock and got into bed.|
Several bullet wounds were found on his body.