Homophone List

Last Up date: 2010 May 8
Recent changes: Fixed "errors heirs" to "err heir". Link to examples in text.
Expanded to nearly 1,000 Homophone pairs. I have left it as a single column because I suspect that you have better talents at page formatting than I. The entire list can be extracted from the source code for this page

Started on Sun 04-04-11 at 19:34:11

The following is a alphabetized text file. Each line is a pair of homophones. The first word is alphabetically before the second.

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 use a program 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 reason for this is: 1. It keeps the "main" file half as long. 2. Any 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.

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

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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