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.

bear meme


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."

advise rex


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."

- flaunt


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.."



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."



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.

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