A homophone refers to words that sound the same, may be spelled the same, but have different meanings.
Editor's note: some of the words on this page may not be strictly homophones, but words that can commonly cause confusion.
Usually a VERB; normally refers to an act that produces an effect or a change.
"The tornado barreling towards us will AFFECT our picnic plans."
Usually a NOUN; normally refers to a result or consequence.
"His sunburn was an EFFECT of exposure to the sun."
Is a NOUN, meaning an opinion or recommendation, or a guide to action.
Is a VERB, meaning to give counsel, the offering of an opinion or suggestion.
"If you ADVISE a friend, you are giving them a piece of ADVICE."
Usually a NOUN - if something complements something else, it completes it, enhances it, or makes it perfect.
"Your shirt COMPLEMENTS your eye colour."
Usually a VERB - means to praise, or express admiration for someone. Something that is complimentary can often be free.
"COMPLIMENTS to the chef for such a lovely meal."
Is a NOUN; a thing made for a particular purpose; an invention or contrivance, especially a mechanical or electrical one.
Is a VERB; to contrive, plan, or elaborate; invent from existing principles.
"You can DEVISE a pan using a DEVICE."
Is an ADJECTIVE; normally refers to a person who is judicious in one's conduct or speech, prudent; circumspect.
"The famous playwright liked to dress DISCREETLY whenever he left his home."
Is an ADJECTIVE; refers to separate parts; distinct; detached.
"The robot had 6 DISCRETE parts."
Usually a VERB; to parade, or display oneself conspicuously, defiantly, or boldly.
"The heiress liked to FLAUNT her wealth with expensive handbags."
Usually a VERB; to treat with disdain, scorn, or contempt; scoff at; mock.
"Some like to FLOUT the rules of propriety."
Can be a NOUN; a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation, future use, etc.
or a VERB; to accumulate for preservation, future use, etc. in a hidden or carefully guarded place..
"The dragon sat on a HOARD (noun) of gold."
"Doomsday preppers like to HOARD (verb) food.."
Usually a NOUN; meaning a large group, multitude, number; i.e. a mass or crowd.
"There was a HORDE of tourists at the airport.."
Can be an ADJECTIVE; open to discussion or debate; debatable; doubtful.
"Whatever caused the troubles is a MOOT point."
Can also be a VERB; of little or no practical value, meaning, or relevance; purely academic.
"The issue of her application is MOOT because the deadline has passed."
Is also a NOUN; an assembly of people in early England exercising political, administrative, and judicial powers.
Usually an ADJECTIVE; silent; refraining from speech or utterance.
"He remained MUTE to spite the many microphones placed before him."
Can be a NOUN; a person incapable of speech. This is often used in a derogative (offensive) manner and is best avoided.
Can be a NOUN; the pointed top of anything, usually a mountain.
"Many have tried to reach the PEAK of Mount Everest."
Can also be an ADJECTIVE; being at the point of maximum frequency, intensity, etc; busiest or most active.
"Hotel rooms are at their most expensive during PEAK travel seasons."
Usually a VERB; to look or glance quickly or furtively, especially through a small opening, or from a concealed location.
"To PEEK is to peep, or peer.."
Usually a VERB; to wound, to excite, to arouse, to provoke.
"Her curiosity was PIQUED by the lack of an invitation."
Can also be a NOUN; a feeling of irritation or resentment, as from a wound to pride or self-esteem.
"Sally was in a PIQUE because she was not picked for the rowing team."
A NOUN; is the possessive form of IT..
"The book has lost ITS jacket."
A contraction of IT IS or IT HAS.
"IT'S starting to rain; IT'S been a long time."
Is an ADJECTIVE; standing still, not moving, having a fixed position.
"An exercise bike is usually STATIONARY."
Is a NOUN; writing materials - pens, pencils, paper, etc.
"Smiggle makes cute STATIONERY."
Is a NOUN; a short, sharp-pointed nail, usually with a flat, broad head.
"The most common type of tack is a thumb TACK."
Is a NOUN; a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense, skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
"The young royal will need to display a level of TACT he has not previously displayed."
Is a PRONOUN; the possessive case of WHO, and WHICH; and the one or ones belonging to what person or persons.
"WHOSE umbrella did I take? There is an animal WHOSE fur changes colour. WHOSE painting won?"
Is a CONTRACTION of WHO IS and WHO HAS.
"WHO'S there? WHO's seen my book?"
Is a PRONOUN; the possessive case of the pronoun THEY, and can be singular or plural.
"Someone left THEIR book on the table."
Is an ADVERB; 1. in or at that place - opposite of HERE; 2. pronoun introducing a sentence.
1. "She is THERE now."; 2. "THERE is still hope."
Is a CONTRACTION of THEY and ARE.
"THEY'RE mastering the differences between HOMOPHONES."
Is an ADVERB; in the literal or strict sense; she failed to grasp the metaphor and interpreted the poem literally.
"The city was LITERALLY destroyed."
Is an ADJECTIVE; of the nature of or involving a figure of speech, especially a metaphor; not literal.
"Elizabethan poetry is highly FIGURATIVE."
Is an ADVERB; for the most part; almost wholly; just about.
"The new artist in town is VIRTUALLY unknown."