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Poof, pouf or pouffe

Poof, pouf and pouffe are three words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words poof, pouf and pouffe, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Poof is mostly used as an interjection to mean something has disappeared. Poof may also be used to express derision or dismissal. Poof is used in British English as a slang term for a homosexual, it is an … [Read more...]

Tear vs tare

Tear and tare are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of tear and tare, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A tear is a hole in something caused by being pulled apart, forcefully. Tear is also used as a verb to mean to pull something apart, forcefully, or to rip something because of being stretched beyond its limits. In the United … [Read more...]

Mach vs mock

Mach and mock are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of Mach and mock, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Mach is a ratio that relates the speed of a moving body to the speed of sound in the substance that the body is moving through. Most often, Mach is used with a number such as Mach 1, which is the speed of sound, Mach 2 which … [Read more...]

Side vs sighed

Side and sighed are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words side and sighed, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Side is the position that is to the right or the left of an object or area. Side may also mean one half of an object or the left or right area of something. Side may also mean one of opposing factions in an … [Read more...]

Bunt vs Bundt

Bunt and Bundt are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words bunt and Bundt, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. The word bunt may mean to push something or someone. Most often, the word bunt is a term used in the sport of baseball to mean to gently tap a pitched ball in order to make it difficult to make a play. … [Read more...]

Missed vs mist

Missed and mist are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of missed and mist, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Missed is the past tense of miss, which means to fail to make contact with something, to fail to catch a thrown object, to fail to understand or hear something. Miss may also mean to fail to keep an appointment. The … [Read more...]

Higher vs hire

Higher and hire are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the differing definitions of higher and hire, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Higher is an adjective that means farther above, something that extends farther above sea level. Higher is something that extends to a further degree. The word higher is the comparative of the word high. A comparative … [Read more...]

Whacks vs wax

Whacks and wax are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of whacks and wax, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Whacks is the plural form of the word whack, which is a sharp blow or the sound made when delivering a sharp blow. Whack is also used as a verb to mean to deliver a sharp blow, related words are whacked, whacking. Whack is … [Read more...]

Cheap vs cheep

Cheap and cheep are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of cheap and cheep, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Cheap describes something that is economically priced, something that doesn’t cost much, something inexpensive or something that is poorly made or of inferior quality. Cheap may also describe a person who is a miser. … [Read more...]

Beau vs bow

Beau and bow are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of beau and bow, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A beau is a lady’s boyfriend, a suitor or sweetheart of a lady. Beau may also mean a fashionable young man, though it is rarely used. The plural form of beau may be rendered as beaux or beaus. The word beau is a … [Read more...]

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