Homophones

Conker vs conquer

Conker and conquer are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words conker and conquer, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. A conker is a chestnut, which is the shiny brown seed of the horse chestnut tree. The horse chestnut tree is a large, deciduous, flowering tree that provides shade. …

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Basal, basil, or Basel

Basal, basil, and Basel are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words basal, basil and Basel, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Basal is an adjective that describes something that belongs to the base of something; for instance, basal cell carcinoma refers to cancer in the base layer of …

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Braise, brays, or braze

Braise, brays, and braze are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words braise, brays and braze, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Braise is a cooking term that means to brown something and then stew it slowly in liquid until it is cooked. The word braise is a transitive verb, which is …

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Mustard vs mustered

Mustard and mustered are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words mustard and mustered, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Mustard is a yellow condiment that is made from mustard seeds, vinegar, and spices. Mustard is also the plant that produces the seeds that are turned into the condiment, mustard. Mustard comes …

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Append vs upend

Append and upend are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words append and upend, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Append means to attach, to add, or to supplement something. Append is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are appends, …

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Mannequin, manikin, or manakin

Mannequin, manikin, and manakin are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words mannequin, manikin, and manakin, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. A mannequin is a dummy that is used to display clothes. Mannequins are common in retail stores and are used to display clothing in windows …

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Flesh vs flèche

Flesh  and flèche are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words flesh and flèche, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Flesh is the soft part of an animal’s or human’s body consisting of muscle and fat or the pulp of a fruit or vegetable. Flesh is also used figuratively to mean the …

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Heir vs err

Heir  and err are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words heir and err, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. An heir is someone legally entitled to property or a title upon a certain person’s demise. Heir may also be used figuratively to refer to someone who carries on a the tradition or legacy of a …

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Close vs clothes

Close  and clothes are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words close and clothes, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. Close is a verb that means to fasten, to complete, to shut, to fill or block, to come nearer to, to come together, to end. Related words are closes, closed, closing, closer. The word close is …

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Burger vs burgher

Burger  and burgher are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words burger and burgher, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences. A burger is a ground patty used in cooking. Typically, a burger is made of beef, but the term has been applied to turkey, soy, etc. The word burger is an …

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