Ready to give your brain a little bit of a workout? We’re going to delve into the world of grammar and explain the differences and similarities between homonyms, homophones and homographs. We’ll give you definitions and some examples of each. We’ve even got a quiz to test out what you’ve learned. But don’t worry, this homonym quiz is purely for fun, no grades will be given.
They are words that are spelled and/or pronounced the same, but have different meanings.
Example of homonyms spelled and pronounced the same: Right can mean correct, and also a direction which is the opposite of left.
Example of homonyms spelled differently and pronounced the same: Groan and Grown
Homophones are two or more words that when pronounced sound alike, they may be spelled differently, and they have different definitions.
Example of homophones spelled differently: to and two
Example of homophones spelled the same: trunk, can mean body part of an elephant, or a storage container
Homographs are two or more words that are spelled exactly the same, they may be pronounced differently, and they have different definitions.
Example of homographs pronounced differently: bass can be defined as a fish, or low in pitch.
Example of homographs pronounced the same: accent, can mean the pronunciation of language distinct to a region, or to place emphasis on
A homonym overlaps with both a homophone and a homograph.
See if you can identify the words described as well as determine if they are a homonym, homophone and/or homograph. The answers can be found below.
To grow fatigued; part of a wheel
A male deer; one US dollar
A right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged; be in a sloping position
Speech delivered to an audience; numbers that indicate where someone lives
Male child of a couple; brightest orb in the Milky Way Galaxy
Edge of a river; a financial institution where people can deposit money
The lowest cardinal number, half of two; the past tense of win
A competitive sporting event; a pair of items with similar features
The steepness of a slope; the delivery of a baseball to a batter
A grain commonly used to make bread and wiskey; referring to a persons face when twisted into an expression of disgust, disappointment, or annoyance
An object that is thrown, hit, and kicked in sports games; to cry intensely
A small number of items; an exclamation of relief
Brain and intellect; to look after
The area on the body below the ankle, containing the toes; a major accomplishment
An account kept in writing or some other permanent form; a thin plastic disk which contains music that can be heard when played on a phonograph
The noise made from a dissatisfied audience; alcohol, particularly hard liquor
An officer of high rank in the Army directly below a brigadier general; a softer, usually edible part of a nut or seed contained within its hard shell
An object or piece of material that connects to a mast and helps a ship propel forward when caught by the wind; the period when a merchant or retailer discounts prices
An area of outdoor land often used for recreation; to bring a car or other vehicle to a hault
The past tense of rolling a ball on the ground; a person who shows they are extremely brave and confident
Phew, are you tired yet? Yes, puns intended (see #12 & #1 below). See how you did by checking out the answers below.
Tire - Homonym and Homograph
Buck - Homonym and Homograph
Lien and Lean - Homonym and Homophone
Address - Homonym and Homograph
Son and Sun - Homonym and Homophone
Bank - Homonym and Homograph
One and Won - Homonym and Homophone
Match - Homonym and Homograph
Pitch - Homonym and Homograph
Rye and Wry - Homonym and Homophone
Ball and Bawl - Homonym and Homophone
Few and Phew - Homonym and Homophone
Mind - Homonym and Homograph
Feet and Feat - Homonym and Homophone
Record - Homonym and Homograph
Boos and Booze - Homonym and Homophone
Colonel and Kernel - Homonym and Homophone
Sail and Sale - Homonym and Homophone
Park - Homonym and Homograph
Bowled & Bold - Homonym and Homophone
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