Homograph

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A homograph (/hɒməgræf/) is a word that has the same spelling as another word but different meanings.

Same pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Words that have the same spelling, the same pronunciation and different meaning are called homonyms.

  • arm: body part; gun
  • bank: financial services; side of a river
  • bear: n. animal; v. accept
  • left: past tense of leave; opposite of right
  • spring: season after winter; twisted wire; water that comes from underground
  • trunk: part of a tree; nose of an elephant; back of a carAmE (bootBrE)

Different pronunciation[edit | edit source]

Words that have the same spelling, different pronunciation and different meaning are called heteronyms.

  • bass: /bæs/ a type of fish; /beɪs/ a musical instrument; a deep sounding voice.
  • bow: /baʊ/ bend down in respect; front of a ship; /bəʊ/ a weapon; a decorative knot.
  • close: /kləʊs/ adj. near; /kləʊz/ v. shut.
  • dove: /dʌv/ a kind of bird; /dəʊv/ past tense of dive (also dived).
  • lead: /liːd/ to go ahead; /led/ a grey metal used in the past for pipes.
  • moped: /məʊpt/ to be depressed; /ˈməʊped/ a motorized bike.
  • minute: /ˈmɪnɪt/ part of an hour; /maɪˈnjuːt/ very small.
  • present: /ˈpreznət/ a gift; existing now; /prɪˈzent/ to introduce, show, exhibit.
  • refuse: /rɪˈfjuːz/ won't do something; /ˈrefjuːs/ trash, junk.
  • sewer: /ˈsuːər/ smelly underground pipes; /ˈsəʊər/ person or thing that sews
  • tear: /teər/ to rip; /tɪər/a drop of water from the eye.