Saturday, May 28, 2016


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.




(same spelling)


(same sound)


airheirI'm going out for some fresh air;
George is the heir to the throne.
allowedaloudChildren are not allowed in the casino.
Could you read the letter aloud please? 
ateeightThe littlel boy ate all the biscuits.
There were eight biscuits on the plate.
bandbandKeep them together with a rubber band.
band of thieves arrived in the area.
bankbankMy salary is paid into my bank account.
I often walk along the bank of the river.
barebearThe floor was bare, with not even a rug.
Polar bears can be found in the Arctic Circle.
barkbarkSome dogs bark a lot.
Cork comes from the bark of a tree.
batbatYou need a bat to play baseball.
bat flies at night.
breadbredWe need bread to make sandwiches.
Charles was born and bred in England.
bowboughThe actors bowed to the audience.
bough of the tree nearly touched the ground.
cellcellsellThe human body is composed of millions of cells.
The prisoner was kept in a cell.
The shop sells fruit and vegetables.
centsent /scentThere are 100 cents in a dollar.
His mother sent him to buy the newspaper.
Do you like the scent of lavender?
cerealserialAlex has cereal for breakfast.
Serials are popular on TV.
Close the door please.
The cinema is close to the church.
coarsecourseHe wore a coarse woollen jacket.
She is taking a course in Chinese.
deardeerDear Mr. Brown.
The female deer is called a doe.
diedyeIt's very sad to die young.
I'm going to dye my hair red.
eightateEight is the double of four.
He ate everything on his plate.
fairfairfareOur teacher is fair. She treats us all equally.
The weather was quite fair all week.
How much is the bus fare?
fanfanDid the Rolling Stones have many fans?
It's so hot!  Please turn on the fan.
finefineMy grandmother is feeling fine today.
Jack got a fine for illegal parking.
fleafleeCats and dogs often get fleas.
Hundreds of refugees are trying to flee the country.
flowerflourMy mother has a variety of flowers in her garden.
Flour is used to make cakes and pastries.
greatgrateTom!  It's great to see you!
Grate cheese over the dish, then put it in the oven.
groundgroundJulie loves the smell of ground coffee.
The boy fell on the ground and hurt his knee.
hairhareShe keeps her hair shoulder-length.
hare is a bit like a rabbit with longer ears.
hallhaulLet's meet in the entrance hall in 30 mins.
I had to haul my suitcase up 3 flights of stairs!
hangarhangerEach plane is in a separate hangar.
Here's a hanger to hang up your coat.
healheelHis wounds took quite some time to heal.
I can't walk in high heels!
hearhereDid you hear what I said?
Come here and look at this photograph!
holewholeThe old man's sweater was full of holes.
Alex ate the whole bar of chocolate!
keyquayI'd open the door if I had the key.
A crowd on the quay waited for the boat to arrive.
knightnightThe Knights of the Round Table.
They worked day and night to finish the project.
knowno"Do you know that man?"
"No, I don't."
lielie"Don't lie to me. Tell me the truth!"
"I'm going to lie down and have a rest."
mailmaleThe contract will be sent by mail.
Human beings are either male or female.
meanmeanWhat does 'homonym' mean?
He's wealthy but mean; he won't make a donation.
meatmeetMeat is an excellent source of protein.
I suggest we meet at 12.30 for lunch tomorrow.
nonenunWe've eaten all the apples. There are none left.
nun takes religious vows and lives in a convent.
onewonYou can have one sweet only.
Jack won the tennis match last week.
pailpaleShe used a pail of water to wash the dishes.
"You look a bit pale. Are you feeling ok?"
pairpear"I need a pair of scissors to cut the thread."
In the fruit bowl there were apples and pears.
peacepieceAfter years of civil war the people wanted peace.
"Would you like a piece of chocolate?"
plainplainplaneShe looked elegant in a plain simple dress.
His disapproval was plain to see.
The plane to London left at 3 p.m.
pupilpupilThe teacher reminded the pupils to arrive on time.
The pupil is in the centre of the iris of the eye.
racerace"Which horse won the race on Saturday?"
People of all races can live in harmony here.
readreedHe finds it difficult to read without his glasses.
Reeds are grass-like plants that grow near the water.
rightwrite"That's right. Your answer is correct!"
"I'm going to write a letter of application for the job."
ringringThe young couple exchanged wedding rings.
The children sat in a ring around the teacher.
The church bells ring for the morning service.
rolerollGeorge Clooney played the main role in the film.
They bought 3 rolls of wallpaper.
Don't let the ball roll across the road.
rootrouteThe root of a plant is in the soil.
They looked for the straightest route home.
rowrowWe got seats in the front row.
Julie is not happy; she had a row with her boyfriend.
sailsaleJack got in his boat to sail  across the bay.
The salesman gets a commission on each sale.
seaseeDolphins live in the sea.
Look!  Can you see the dolphins?
sewsowA button fell off my coat, so I had to sew it back on.
Every spring he sows flower seeds in his garden.
sightsiteMy grandfather can't see well.  His sight is failing.
The town authorities have bought a site for a school.
solesolesoulThere 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.
somesumSome people fine English difficult, others find it easy.
The sum of 2 and 2 is 4.
sonsunTheir son is called Tom; their daughter is called Eva.
People wear suncream when they lie in the sun.
stairstareStairs lead from one floor to another.
It's very rude to stare at other people.
stakestakesteakA strong wooden stick can be called a stake.
Drive carefully; your life is at stake.
His favourite meal is steak and chips.
stealsteelIt's dishonest to steal. You must give that back!
Steel is used to make vehicles and machinery.
suitesweetA set of rooms in a hotel is called a suite.
Sugar has a sweet taste.
tailtaleCats and dogs have tails.
Children love listening to fairy tales.
teartearThe story was so sad a tear rolled down her cheek.
Be careful not to tear the newspaper.
tiptipHe gave the waiter a tip.
Do you need some advice? I can give you a tip.
toasttoastI usually have tea and toast for breakfast.
Guests raise their glasses to toast the bridal couple.
toetowEach foot has five toes.The police will tow your car away if you park there.
vainvainveinShe'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.
waistwasteShe wore a red belt around her waist.
Turn off the tap.  We mustn't waste water.
waitweightI had to wait 10 minutes for the bus.
If you eat too much you'll put on weight.
wayweighCan you tell me the way to the station please?
That looks heavy. How much does it weigh?
weakweekMy mother still feels weak after her illness.
There are seven days in a week.
whichwitchWhich do you prefer, the blue one or the green one?
In fairy stories a witch has evil powers.
windwindWe can't go windsurfing if there's no wind.
I'm going to wind a bandage around your arm.
woundwoundwound up the old alarm clock and got into bed.
Several bullet wounds were found on his body.

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