Homophone List

Last Up date: 2013 January 29
Recent changes: Cleaned 2005 December 1 version, made end stuff not italics.
Added link to a page with an in-text sample.

The list has nearly 1,000 Homophone pairs. Here is a sample of the results of my program that exchanged homophones from this list.

I started making this list on 2004-04-11 at 19:34:11 It has at least one pair for every letter of the alphabet. It is a alphabetized text file. Each line is a pair of homophones. The first word is alphabetically before the second.

I use an assembly program, I wrote, to make two lines out of each line the second line being just the first with the words reversed. (That program also forces the initial letter of each word to be upper case.) I then sort the expanded file on the first letter of each line to make what the Word Exchange program actually uses.

The reasons for this are: 1. It keeps the "main" file half as long. 2. Corrections don't have to be made in two places.

The following list does not include more than a pair of Homophones. For example it does not contain the triple "to, too, two". Further, if the word is on the right it will not be on the left and visa versa. Hopefully, no word appears twice in the following table.

In some cases this may make a bit difficult to find the homophone, for example there is a line: "know no" under the k's but you will not find "no" under the n's.

I have numbered the following entries. If you find errors or want to make additions, the numbers should allow easier identification of the problem or suggestion. Lastly, if you would like just the list without the numbers contact me at the address below.
      0  acts axe
      1  ad add
      2  adds ads
      3  adherence adherents
      4  admittance admittants
      5  adolescence adolescents
      6  aerie airy
      7  affect effect
      8  affects effects
      9  aid aide
     10  aides aids
     11  ail ale
     12  ails ales
     13  air heir
     14  airs heirs
     15  all awl
     16  allowed aloud
     17  allude elude
     18  alludes eludes
     19  altar alter
     20  altars alters
     21  amend emend
     22  amends emends
     23  analyst annalist
     24  analysts annalists
     25  ant aunt
     26  ante anti
     27  ants aunts
     28  apatite appetite
     29  apatites appetites
     30  appose oppose
     31  apposes opposes
     32  arc ark
     33  arcs arks
     34  arrant errant
     35  ascent assent
     36  ascents assents
     37  assistance assistants
     38  ate eight
     39  aught ought
     40  away aweigh
     41  awful offal
     42  axes axis
     43  bail bale
     44  bails bales
     45  bait bate
     46  baits bates
     47  baize bays
     48  bald bawled
     49  ball bawl
     50  balls bawls
     51  balm bomb
     52  balms bombs
     53  band banned
     54  bans banns
     55  bard barred
     56  bare bear
     57  bares bears
     58  bares bears
     59  bark barque
     60  barks barques
     61  baron barren
     62  barons barrens
     63  barrel beryl
     64  base bass
     65  based baste
     66  bask basque
     67  baud bawd
     68  bay bey
     69  bazaar bizarre
     70  be bee
     71  beach beech
     72  beaches beeches
     73  beat beet
     74  beats beets
     75  beau bow
     76  been bin
     77  beer bier
     78  beers biers
     79  beetle betel
     80  bell belle
     81  belligerence belligerents
     82  bells belles
     83  benzene benzine
     84  berg burg
     85  berger burger
     86  bergle burgle
     87  berries buries
     88  berry bury
     89  berth birth
     90  berths births
     91  better bettor
     92  billed build
     93  bird burred
     94  bite byte
     95  blend blende
     96  blends blendes
     97  blew blue
     98  bloc block
     99  boar bore
    100  board bored
    101  boarder border
    102  boarders borders
    103  boars bores
    104  bocks box
    105  bode bowed
    106  bogie bogy
    107  bold bowled
    108  bolder boulder
    109  bole bowl
    110  boles bowls
    111  boos booze
    112  bootie booty
    113  born borne
    114  borough burrow
    115  boroughs burrows
    116  boy buoy
    117  boys buoys
    118  brae bray
    119  braid brayed
    120  brain brane
    121  brains branes
    122  braise braze
    123  braises brazes
    124  brake break
    125  brakes breaks
    126  breach breech
    127  breaches breeches
    128  bread bred
    129  brede breed
    130  bredes breeds
    131  brewed brood
    132  brews bruise
    133  bridal bridle
    134  broom brougham
    135  brooms broughams
    136  brows browse
    137  brr burr
    138  buccal buckle
    139  burger burgher
    140  burgers burghers
    141  burro burrow
    142  burros burrows
    143  bus buss
    144  buses busses
    145  bussed bust
    146  but butt
    147  buts butts
    148  buy by
    149  byre buyer
    150  byres buyers
    151  cache cash
    152  cachou cashew
    153  cachous cashews
    154  calendar calender
    155  calendars calenders
    156  calk caulk
    157  calks caulks
    158  call cawl
    159  callous callus
    160  calls cawls
    161  cam camb
    162  cams cambs
    163  can't cant
    164  canape canopy
    165  canapes canopies
    166  cane cain
    167  cannon canon
    168  cannons canons
    169  canter cantor
    170  canters cantors
    171  canvas canvass
    172  capital capitol
    173  carie carry
    174  caries carries
    175  carol carrel
    176  carols carrels
    177  carrot karat
    178  carrots karats
    179  cart kart
    180  carts karts
    181  cask casque
    182  casks casques
    183  cast caste
    184  caster castor
    185  casts castes
    186  cause caws
    187  cedar seeder
    188  cedars seeders
    189  cede seed
    190  cedes seeds
    191  ceiling sealing
    192  cell sell
    193  cellar seller
    194  cellars sellers
    195  cells sells
    196  census senses
    197  cent sent
    198  cents sense
    199  cereal serial
    200  cereals serials
    201  cession session
    202  chance chants
    203  chard charred
    204  chary cherry
    205  chased chaste
    206  cheap cheep
    207  chews choose
    208  chic sheik
    209  chili chilly
    210  choir quire
    211  choirs quires
    212  choler collar
    213  choral coral
    214  chorale corral
    215  chorales corrals
    216  chorals corals
    217  chord cord
    218  christmas x-mass
    219  chronical chronicle
    220  chute shoot
    221  chutes shoots
    222  cirrus serous
    223  cite sight
    224  cited sighted
    225  cites sights
    226  clack claque
    227  clacks claques
    228  clause claws
    229  clew clue
    230  clews clues
    231  click clique
    232  clicks cliques
    233  climb clime
    234  close clothes
    235  coarse course
    236  coat cote
    237  coats cotes
    238  coax cokes
    239  coffer cougher
    240  coffers coughers
    241  coign coin
    242  coigns coins
    243  collard collared
    244  colonel kernel
    245  colonels kernels
    246  come cum
    247  competence competents
    248  complacence complaisance
    249  complacent complaisant
    250  complement compliment
    251  complementary complimentary
    252  complements compliments
    253  continence continents
    254  coo coup
    255  coop coupe
    256  coops coupes
    257  coos coups
    258  cops copse
    259  coquet coquette
    260  core corps
    261  correspondence correspondents
    262  cosher kosher
    263  cosign cosine
    264  cosigns cosines
    265  coulee coolie
    266  council counsel
    267  councillor counselor
    268  councillors counselors
    269  councils counsels
    270  cousin cozen
    271  cousins cozens
    272  coward cowered
    273  crape crepe
    274  crapes crepes
    275  creak creek
    276  creaks creeks
    277  crewed crude
    278  crewel cruel
    279  crews cruise cruse
    280  cubical cubicle
    281  cubit qubit
    282  cue queue
    283  cues queues
    284  currant current
    285  currants currents
    286  curser cursor
    287  cursers cursors
    288  cygnet signet
    289  cygnets signets
    290  cymbal symbol
    291  cymbals symbols
    292  dain deign
    293  dam damn
    294  days daze
    295  dear deer
    296  deem deme
    297  deems demes
    298  delinquence delinquents
    299  dense dents
    300  dental dentil
    301  dependence dependents
    302  depravation deprivation
    303  depravations deprivations
    304  descendant descendent
    305  descent dissent
    306  descents dissents
    307  desert dessert
    308  deserts desserts
    309  deviance deviants
    310  devisor divisor
    311  dew do
    312  dewed dude
    313  dews dues
    314  die dye
    315  died dyed
    316  dies dyes
    317  dine dyne
    318  dire dyer
    319  disburse disperse
    320  disburses disperses
    321  discreet discrete
    322  discussed disgust
    323  dissidence dissidents
    324  doe dough
    325  draft draught
    326  drafts draughts
    327  dray drey
    328  droop drupe
    329  dual duel
    330  ducked duct
    331  dyeing dying
    332  earn urn
    333  earns urns
    334  elicit illicit
    335  emerge immerge
    336  emerges immerges
    337  eminent immanent
    338  ensure insure
    339  epic epoch
    340  epics epochs
    341  equivalence equivalents
    342  errors heirs
    343  ewe you
    344  ewes use
    345  exercise exorcise
    346  exercises exorcises
    347  existence existents
    348  extravagance extravagants
    349  eyed I'd
    350  eyelet islet
    351  eyelets islets
    352  facts fax
    353  fain feign
    354  faint feint
    355  fainted feinted
    356  faints feints
    357  fair fare
    358  fairy ferry
    359  faun fawn
    360  fauns fawns
    361  fay fey
    362  faze phase
    363  fazes phases
    364  feat feet
    365  fends fens
    366  fern firn
    367  ferule ferrule
    368  feudal futile
    369  file phial
    370  files phials
    371  fill faille
    372  filter philter
    373  finally finely
    374  find fined
    375  fir fur
    376  firs furs
    377  fisher fissure
    378  fishers fissures
    379  flacks flax
    380  flair flare
    381  flairs flares
    382  flea flee
    383  fleas flees
    384  flew flu
    385  flour flower
    386  flours flowers
    387  for four
    388  forego forgo
    389  foregoes forgoes
    390  foreword forward
    391  formally formerly
    392  forth fourth
    393  foul fowl
    394  fouls fowls
    395  frees freeze
    396  fussed fust
    397  gage gauge
    398  gait gate
    399  gaits gates
    400  gamble gambol
    401  gambles gambols
    402  gang gangue
    403  gays gaze
    404  gel jell
    405  gels jells
    406  gene jean
    407  genes jeans
    408  gibe jibe
    409  gibes jibes
    410  gild guild
    411  gilt guilt
    412  glair glare
    413  glairs glares
    414  gluttonous glutinous
    415  gnaw naw
    416  gneiss nice
    417  gnomic nomic
    418  gnu new
    419  gnus news
    420  goaled gold
    421  gored gourd
    422  gorilla guerrilla
    423  grade grayed
    424  grate great
    425  grays graze
    426  groan grown
    427  grocer grosser
    428  guarantee guaranty
    429  guest guessed
    430  guide guyed
    431  guise guys
    432  gyre jire
    433  hail hale
    434  hails hales
    435  hair hare
    436  hairs hares
    437  hairy harry
    438  hall haul
    439  halls hauls
    440  halve have
    441  hardy hearty
    442  hart heart
    443  harts hearts
    444  hay hey
    445  hays haze
    446  he'd heed
    447  heal heel
    448  heals heels
    449  hear here
    450  heard herd
    451  hertz hurts
    452  hew hue
    453  hews hues
    454  hi high
    455  higher hire
    456  him hymn
    457  ho hoe
    458  hoar whore
    459  hoarse horse
    460  hoes hose
    461  hold holed
    462  hole whole
    463  holes wholes
    464  holey holy
    465  hostel hostile
    466  hour our
    467  hours ours
    468  i eye
    469  i'll aisle
    470  idle idol
    471  idles idols
    472  in inn
    473  incidence incidents
    474  incite insight
    475  independence independents
    476  indict indite
    477  indicts indites
    478  indigence indigents
    479  indiscreet indiscrete
    480  innocence innocents
    481  instance instants
    482  intense intents
    483  it's its
    484  jam jamb
    485  jams jambs
    486  jinks jinx
    487  key quay
    488  keys quays
    489  knapp nap
    490  knave nave
    491  knaves naves
    492  knead need
    493  kneads needs
    494  kneel neal
    495  knew new
    496  knick nick
    497  knicker nicker
    498  knickers nickers
    499  knicks nicks
    500  knight night
    501  knights nights
    502  knit nit
    503  knits nits
    504  knob nob
    505  knobs nobs
    506  knock nock
    507  knocks nocks
    508  knot not
    509  know no
    510  knows nose
    511  lacks lax
    512  ladder latter
    513  lade laid
    514  lain lane
    515  lair layer
    516  lairs layers
    517  lam lamb
    518  lama llama
    519  laps lapse
    520  lase lays
    521  laser lazar
    522  lay ley
    523  laze leis
    524  lea lee
    525  leach leech
    526  leaches leeches
    527  lead led
    528  leader liter
    529  leaders liters
    530  leaf lief
    531  leak leek
    532  leaks leeks
    533  lean lien
    534  leans liens
    535  leased least
    536  lends lens
    537  lessen lesson
    538  lesser lessor
    539  levee levy
    540  liable libel
    541  liar lyre
    542  liars lyres
    543  lichen liken
    544  licker liquor
    545  lickerish licorice
    546  lie lye
    547  lies lyes
    548  lightening lightning
    549  limb limn
    550  limbs limns
    551  linch lynch
    552  links lynx
    553  lo low
    554  load lode
    555  loads lodes
    556  loan lone
    557  locks lox
    558  loop loupe
    559  loot lute
    560  loots lutes
    561  macks max
    562  madder matter
    563  made maid
    564  mail male
    565  mails males
    566  main mane
    567  maize maze
    568  mall maul
    569  malls mauls
    570  manner manor
    571  mantle mantel
    572  marchal martial
    573  mare mayor
    574  mares mayors
    575  marquee marquis
    576  marshal marshall
    577  marshals marshalls
    578  marten martin
    579  maser mazer
    580  mask masque
    581  massed mast
    582  mat matte
    583  mead meed
    584  meat meet
    585  meats meets
    586  meddle metal
    587  meddler medlar
    588  meddlers medlars
    589  meddles metals
    590  men's mends
    591  mewl mule
    592  mews muse
    593  mho mow
    594  micks mix
    595  middy midi
    596  might mite
    597  mil mill
    598  mild miled
    599  millenary millinery
    600  mince mints
    601  mind mined
    602  miner minor
    603  miners minors
    604  minks minx
    605  missal missile
    606  missed mist
    607  missed mist
    608  moan mown
    609  mode mowed
    610  mold mould
    611  molds moulds
    612  mood mooed
    613  moor more
    614  moose mousse
    615  morn mourn
    616  morning mourning
    617  mortar morter
    618  mucous mucus
    619  muscle mussel
    620  muscles mussels
    621  mustard mustered
    622  naval navel
    623  nicks nix
    624  none nun
    625  o'er or
    626  oar ore
    627  oars ores
    628  odder otter
    629  ode owed
    630  oh owe
    631  one won
    632  ordinance ordnance
    633  overdo overdue
    634  oversea oversee
    635  overseas oversees
    636  paced paste
    637  packed pact
    638  paean peon
    639  paeans peons
    640  pail pale
    641  pails pales
    642  pain pane
    643  pains panes
    644  pair pear
    645  pairs pears
    646  palette pallet
    647  palettes pallets
    648  pall paul
    649  parish perish
    650  parities parodyies
    651  parity parody
    652  passable passible
    653  passed past
    654  patience patients
    655  pause paws
    656  pea pee
    657  peace piece
    658  peak peek
    659  peaks peeks
    660  peas pees
    661  pedal peddle
    662  pedals peddles
    663  peer pier
    664  peers piers
    665  pence pents
    666  pend penned
    667  pendant pendent
    668  pendants pendents
    669  pends pens
    670  penitence penitents
    671  per purr
    672  petit petty
    673  petrel petrol
    674  phosphorous phosphorus
    675  pi pie
    676  pica pika
    677  picks pix
    678  pidgin pigeon
    679  pinion pinon
    680  pistole pistol
    681  place plaice
    682  plain plane
    683  plains planes
    684  plaintiff plaintive
    685  plait plate
    686  plaits plates
    687  plantar planter
    688  plantars planters
    689  pleas please
    690  plough plow
    691  ploughs plows
    692  plum plumb
    693  plums plumbs
    694  pole poll
    695  poles polls
    696  politic politick
    697  politics politicks
    698  poor pour
    699  praise prays
    700  pray prey
    701  prays preys
    702  presence presents
    703  pride pried
    704  pries prize
    705  prince prints
    706  principal principle
    707  principals principles
    708  prior pryer
    709  profit prophet
    710  profits prophets
    711  pros prose
    712  psalter salter
    713  pupal pupil
    714  pupals pupils
    715  quarts quartz
    716  quean queen
    717  queans queens
    718  quince quints
    719  rabbet rabbit
    720  rack wrack
    721  radical radicle
    722  radicals radicles
    723  rain reign
    724  rains reigns
    725  raise rays
    726  raiser razor
    727  raises razes
    728  rancor ranker
    729  rap wrap
    730  rapped wrapped
    731  raps wraps
    732  read reed
    733  reads reeds
    734  real reel
    735  recede reseed
    736  recedes reseeds
    737  receipt reseat
    738  receipts reseats
    739  reck wreck
    740  reek wreak
    741  reeks wreaks
    742  reference referents
    743  rends wrens
    744  residence residents
    745  rest wrest
    746  rests wrests
    747  retch wretch
    748  retches wretches
    749  review revue
    750  reviews revues
    751  rex wrecks
    752  rheum room
    753  rheums rooms
    754  rhyme rime
    755  rhymes rimes
    756  rigger rigor
    757  right rite
    758  righting writing
    759  rights rites
    760  ring wring
    761  ringer wringer
    762  ringers wringers
    763  rings wrings
    764  rise ryes
    765  road rode
    766  roc rock
    767  rocs rocks
    768  roe row
    769  roil royal
    770  role roll
    771  roles rolls
    772  rood rude
    773  roomer rumor
    774  roomers rumors
    775  root route
    776  roots routes
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    778  rote wrote
    779  rough ruff
    780  rouse rows
    781  rued rude
    782  rues ruse
    783  rung wrung
    784  rye wry
    785  sailer sailor
    786  sailers sailors
    787  sails sales
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    789  saver savor
    790  scene seen
    791  scents sense
    792  scull skull
    793  sculls skulls
    794  sea see
    795  seam seem
    796  seaman semen
    797  seamed seemed
    798  seams seems
    799  sear seer
    800  seas sees
    801  seas seize
    802  serf surf
    803  serfs surfs
    804  serge surge
    805  set sett
    806  sets setts
    807  sew so
    808  sewn sown
    809  shear sheer
    810  shoes shoo's
    811  shone shown
    812  shoo shoe
    813  sic sick
    814  side sighed
    815  sighs size
    816  sight site
    817  sign sine
    818  signs sines
    819  silicon silicone
    820  sink sync
    821  slay sleigh
    822  slays sleighs
    823  sleight slight
    824  sleights slights
    825  slew slough
    826  sloe slow
    827  soar sore
    828  soared sword
    829  soars sores
    830  socks sox
    831  sold soled
    832  sole soul
    833  soles souls
    834  some sum
    835  son sun
    836  sonny sunny
    837  sons suns
    838  soot suit
    839  spade spayed
    840  staff staph
    841  staid stayed
    842  stair stare
    843  stairs stares
    844  stake steak
    845  stakes steaks
    846  statice status
    847  statices statuses
    848  stationary stationery
    849  steal steel
    850  steals steels
    851  step steppe
    852  steps steppes
    853  stile style
    854  stiles styles
    855  stoop stoup
    856  stoops stoups
    857  straight strait
    858  straights straits
    859  succor sucker
    860  succors suckers
    861  suede swayed
    862  suer sewer
    863  suite sweet
    864  suites sweets
    865  summary summery
    866  sundae sunday
    867  sundaes sundays
    868  surplice surplus
    869  surplices surpluses
    870  tacet tacit
    871  tack taque
    872  tacked tact
    873  tacks tax
    874  tail tale
    875  tails tales
    876  talesman talisman
    877  taper tapir
    878  tapers tapirs
    879  tare tear
    880  tares tears
    881  tarry terry
    882  taught taut
    883  taupe tope
    884  tea tee
    885  team teem
    886  teams teems
    887  teas tease
    888  tends tens
    889  tense tents
    890  tenser tensor
    891  tern turn
    892  terns turns
    893  their there
    894  theirs there's
    895  therefor therefore
    896  threw through
    897  throe throw
    898  throes throws
    899  throne thrown
    900  thyme time
    901  tic tick
    902  tics ticks
    903  tide tied
    904  tighten titan
    905  timber timbre
    906  to two
    907  toad towed
    908  tocsin toxin
    909  tocsins toxins
    910  toe tow
    911  toes tows
    912  tongue tung
    913  tool tulle
    914  tor tore
    915  tore tour
    916  tort torte
    917  torts tortes
    918  toughed tuft
    919  tracked tract
    920  trader traitor
    921  traders traitors
    922  tray trey
    923  troop troupe
    924  trooper trouper
    925  troopers troupers
    926  troops troupes
    927  trussed trust
    928  tucks tux
    929  tune toon
    930  turn tern
    931  turns terns
    932  udder utter
    933  udders utters
    934  undo undue
    935  vain vein
    936  valance valence
    937  vale veil
    938  vales veils
    939  valiance valiants
    940  variance variants
    941  vary very
    942  verses versus
    943  vial vile
    944  vial vile
    945  vice vise
    946  villain villein
    947  virtu virtue
    948  viscous viscus
    949  wacks wax
    950  wade weighed
    951  wail whale
    952  wain wane
    953  waist waste
    954  waists wastes
    955  wait weight
    956  waits weights
    957  waive wave
    958  waiver waver
    959  waivers wavers
    960  waives waves
    961  walk wok
    962  walks woks
    963  watt what
    964  way weigh
    965  ways weighs
    966  we wee
    967  we'd weed
    968  we're weir
    969  we've weave
    970  weak week
    971  wear where
    972  weather whether
    973  wheeled wield
    974  which witch
    975  whine wine
    976  whines wines
    977  whirled world
    978  whirred word
    979  whoa woe
    980  whose who's
    981  whys wise
    982  wind wined
    983  winds wins
    984  wood would
    985  worst wurst
    986  wright write
    987  wrights writes
    988  yoke yolk
    989  yokes yolks
    990  you'll yule
    991  you're your
    992  zooglea zoogloea
    993  zooglea zoogloea
    

In addition to the above table there are the following which are what I call "odds" the first word may be exchanged for what follows, but not the other way around. Or one of the words is in the above list (as part of a triple), and hence has a different exchange.

  1. Before Bee four
  2. Error Heir
  3. Fore Four
  4. Often Of ton
  5. Pore Poor
  6. Seas Seize
  7. Too 2

If you would like to get this list in a machinable form, I suggest you save the source for this page and delete the HTML tags. An easy task if you have a respectable text editor.

I started with a Google search for "homonyms", it would have been more productive to search for "homophones". Initially, the best I could do was to work with the source from: www.edhelper.com which I got on 2004 April 4 at 7:32 AM. As of: 2013-01-29 09:50:29 the web page is quite different.

The best I have found was from a web site that has the following note:

An English Homophone Dictionary
Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College
A.L.P. Thorpe, Classics Department, Earlham College

We're too busy to continue updating this page. Please use and enjoy it as is. For a more useful homophone site, see Alan Cooper's Homophone Zone. Peter Suber and Liffey Thorpe.

I haven't explored Cooper's page yet. I sort of think I have enough for the time being.


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