General English


Written by Rakesh Kumar


Homonym: – In this section we will read about Homonym. What is Homonym and what are the examples of Homonym we will read in detail about all these with examples.


In the previous post we have read in detail about List of vehicles in English”.


In this post you will find interesting homonym definitions and a comprehensive list of homonyms in English with example sentences.


Definition of Homonym:-  


A homonym is a word that sounds the same as another word but differs in meaning. Homonyms can refer to both homophones and homographs.


A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning and is spelled differently.


Homographs are words with the same spelling but having more than one meaning.


Examples of Homonyms:-


Words that sound the same but have different meaning and are spelled differently.


No.-1. Weak — Week

No.-2. Sun — Son

No.-3. See — Sea

No.-4. Plane — Plain

No.-5. Meet — Meat

No.-6. Address – Address

No.-7. Band – Band

No.-8. Bat – Bat

No.-9. Match – Match

No.-10. Mean – Mean

No.-11. Right – Right

No.-12. Ring – Ring


List of Homonyms with Examples:- 



No.-1. I can give you the address of a good attorney.

No.-2.That letter was addressed to me.



No.-1.The band was playing old Beatles songs.

No.-2.She always ties her hair back in a band.

No.-3.Many insects are banded black and yellow.



No.-1. I am afraid of bats.

No.-2.It’s his first time at bat in the major leagues.



No.-1.If you suspect a gas leak do not strike a match or use electricity.

No.-2.Her fingerprints match those found at the scene of the crime.



No.-1.What does this sentence mean?

No.-2. He needed to find a mean between frankness and rudeness.



List of Homonyms with Examples

No.-6.Right – Right

No.-1. I’m sure I’m right.

No.-2. Take a right turn at the intersection.


No.-7.Ring – Ring

No.-1.What a beautiful ring!

No.-2.The children sat on the floor in a ring.


No.-8.Rock – Rock

No.-1.Komuro formed a rock band with some friends while in college.

No.-2.To build the tunnel, they had to cut through 500 feet of solid rock.


No.-9.Rose – Rose

No.-1.She has a rose garden.

No.-2.Sales rose by 20% over the Christmas period.


No.-10.Spring – Spring

No.-1. I’m sorry to spring it on you, but I’ve been offered another job.

No.-2.He was born in the spring of 1944.


No.-11.Stalk – Stalk

No.-1.He ate the apple, stalk and all.

No.-2.Snatching up my bag, I stalk out of the room.


No.-12.Well – Well

No.-1.The conference was very well organized.

No.-2.The dog fell down a well.


No.-13.Clip – Clip

No.-1.They are clips from the new James Bond film.

No.-2.The wire is held on with a metal clip.


No.-14.Date – Date

No.-1.The date on the letter was 30th August 1962.

No.-2.She and Ron go to the park to date.


No.-15.Drop – Drop

No.-1.The apples are beginning to drop from the trees.

No.-2.A single drop of blood splashed onto the floor.


No.-16.Fly – Fly

No.-1.A fly was buzzing against the window.

No.-2. Let’s fly a kite.


No.-17.Letter – Letter

No.-1.There’s a letter for you.

No.-2. “B” is the second letter of the alphabet.


No.-18.Palm – Palm

No.-1.He held the bird gently in the palm of his hand.

No.-2.The coconut palm is a native of Malaysia.


No.-19.Park – Park

No.-1.We went for a walk in the park.

No.-2.The tennis court is sometimes used as a car park.


No.-20.Point – Point

No.-1. No.-1.He’s just saying that to prove a point.

No.-2.Everything seemed to point in one direction.



Homonyms List

No.-21.Ruler – Ruler

No.-1. I have a 12 inch ruler.

No.-2.King Priam was a firm, but just ruler.


No.-22.Saw – Saw

No.-1.Saw is a tool that has a long blade with sharp points along one of its edges.

No.-2.Last night, I saw a lovely girl.


No.-23.Scale – Scale

No.-1.They entertain on a large scale.

No.-2.He somehow managed to scale the sheer outside wall of the tower.


No.-24.Ship – Ship

No.-1.There are two restaurants on board ship.

No.-2.A new engine was shipped over from the US.


No.-25.Sink – Sink

No.-1.The ships sink to the bottom of the sea.

No.-2.I felt chained to the kitchen sink.


No.-26.Tie – Tie

No.-1.He had to tie her hands together.

No.-2.I wear a shirt and tie at work.


No.-27.Trip – Trip

No.-1.We went on a trip to the mountains.

No.-2.Someone will trip over that cable.


No.-28.Wave – Wave

No.-1.Huge waves were breaking on the shore.

No.-2.The people on the bus waved and we waved back.


No.-29.Cool – Cool

No.-1.She swam out into the cool water.

No.-2.When tempers had cooled, he apologized.


No.-30.Duck – Duck

No.-1.Every afternoon they went to the park to feed the duck.

No.-2.He had to duck as he came through the door.


No.-31.Fall – Fall

No.-1.September had come and the leaves were starting to fall.

No.-2.The area is beautiful in the fall.


No.-32.File – File

No.-1.Every file on the same disk must have a different name.

No.-2.We began to file out into the car park.


No.-33. Foot – Foot

No.-1.My foot hurts.

No.-2.Once again it will be the taxpayer who has to foot the bill.


No.-34.Left – Left

No.-1.Look left and right before you cross the road.

No.-2.The plane left for Dallas last night.


No.-35.Nail – Nail

No.-1.The key was hanging on a nail by the door.

No.-2. I’ve broken my nail.



Homonyms Examples

No.-36.Watch – Watch

No.-1. I like watching TV every night.

No.-2. I glanced at my watch.


No.-37.Can – Can

No.-1.Gabriella can speak French fluently.

No.-2.We drank a can of Coke each.


No.-38.Fort – Fought

No.-1. Just  the three of you going to be holding the fort tonight.

No.-2.He fought many battles with the early Labor party in Lancaster and discrimination against socialist employees was alleged.


No.-39.Foul – Fowl

No.-1.He woke up with a foul taste in his mouth.

No.-2.Fish, fowl and meat, most with a decidedly Southwestern treatment, are represented on the menu.


No.-40.Groan – Grown

No.-1.Richard’s jokes make you groan rather than laugh.

No.-2.He had been a grown man with a small but independent income when he had taken Minnie instead of her to wife.


No.-41.Holy – Wholly

No.-1.The priest puts some holy water on the child’s head.

No.-2.The report claimed that the disaster was wholly unavoidable.


No.-42.Hour – Our

No.-1.The interview lasted half an hour.

No.-2.We showed them some of our photos.


No.-43.I – Eye

No.-1.I moved to this city six years ago.

No.-2.Ow! I’ve got something in my eye!


No.-44.Know – No

No.-1.I know people’s handwriting changes as they get older.

No.-2. “It was Tony.” “‘No, you’re wrong. It was Ted.”


No.-45.Links – Lynx

No.-1.A love of nature links the two poets.

No.-2.They may be eagle-eyed or watch like a lynx.


No.-46.Mail – Male

No.-1.He found a mountain of mail waiting for him.

No.-2.Many women earn less than their male colleagues.


No.-47.Meet – Meat

No.-1.Maybe we’ll meet again some time.

No.-2.I gave up eating meat a few months ago.


No.-48.Peace – Piece

No.-1.I wish she would just leave me in peace.

No.-2.He broke off a piece of bread and gave it her.



List Of Homonyms

No.-49.Right – Write

No.-1. Keep on the right side of the road.

No.-2.She had to write a report on the project.


No.-50.Scene – Seen

No.-1.The police soon arrived at the scene of the crime.

No.-2.He crouched down so he couldn’t be seen.


No.-51.Than – Then

No.-1.Natalie was prettier than her sister.

No.-2.I wish I had known then what I know now.


No.-52.Weak – Week

No.-1. No.-1.She is still weak after her illness.

No.-2. He comes to see us once a week.


Homophones List:-


No.-1.Ad – Add

No.-2.Ail – Ale

No.-3.Air – Heir

No.-4.All – Awl

No.-5.Allowed – Aloud

No.-6.Alms – Arms

No.-7.Altar – Alter

No.-8.Ant – Aunt

No.-9.Arc – Ark

No.-10.Ate – Eight

No.-11.Auger – Augur

No.-12.Aural – Oral

No.-13.Baize – Bays

No.-14.Bald – Bawled

No.-15.Ball – Bawl

No.-16.Band – Banned

No.-17.Bard – Barred

No.-18.Bare – Bear

No.-19.Baron – Barren

No.-20.Be – Bee

No.-21.Beach – Beech

No.-22.Bean – Been

No.-23.Beer – Bier

No.-24.Berry – Bury

No.-25.Berth – Birth

No.-26.Billed – Build

No.-27.Blue – Blew

No.-28.Bored – Board

No.-29.Braid – Brayed

No.-30.Break – Brake

No.-31.Brews – Bruise

No.-32.Bridal – Bridle

No.-33.Broach – Brooch

No.-34.Buy – By/ Bye

No.-35.Capital – Capitol

No.-36.Cellar – Seller

No.-37.Census – Sense

No.-38.Cereal – Serial

No.-39.Chili – Chilly

No.-40.Choral – Coral

No.-41.Cite – Sight / Site

No.-42.Coarse – Course

No.-43.Complement – Compliment

No.-44.Coun – Counsel

No.-45.Deer – Dear

No.-46.Die – Dye

No.-47.Discreet – Discrete

No.-48.Doe – Dough

No.-49.Done – Dun

No.-50.Draft – Draught

No.-51.Dual – Duel

No.-52.Earn – Urn

No.-53.Ewe – You

No.-54.Farther – Father

No.-55.Faze – Phase

No.-56.File – Phial

No.-57.Find – Fined

No.-58.Fir – Fur

No.-59.Flaw – Floor

No.-60.Flea – Flee

No.-61.Flew – Flu/ Flue

No.-62.Flex – Flecks

No.-63.Flour – Flower

No.-64.For – Four

No.-65.Foreword – Forward

No.-66.Fort – Fought

No.-67.Foul – Fowl

No.-68.Gait – Gate

No.-69.Gamble – Gambol

No.-70.Genes – Jeans

No.-71.Gored – Gourd

No.-72.Great – Grate

No.-73.Groan – Grown

No.-74.Hart – Heart

No.-75.Hear – Here

No.-76.Heel – Heal

No.-77.Hi – High

No.-78.Him – Hymn

No.-79.Hoard – Horde

No.-80.Hole – Whole

No.-81.Holy – Wholly

No.-82.Hour – Our

No.-83.I – Eye

No.-84.Idle – Idol

No.-85.Incite – Insight

No.-86.Knead – Need

No.-87.Knew – New

No.-88.Knight – Night

No.-89.Knot – Not

No.-90.Know – No

No.-91.Leak – Leek

No.-92.Lessen – Lesson

No.-93.Levee – Levy

No.-94.Links – Lynx

No.-95.Loan – Lone

No.-96.Loot – Lute

No.-97.Made – Maid

No.-98.Mail – Male

No.-99.Main – Mane

No.-100.Manna – Manner


Homonyms With Examples

No.-101.Marshal – Martial

No.-102.Mask – Masque

No.-103.Maw – More

No.-104.Medal – Meddle

No.-105.Meet – Meat

No.-106.Might – Mite

No.-107.Mist – Missed

No.-108.Moose – Mousse

No.-109.Muscle – Mussel

No.-110.None – Nun

No.-111.Oar – Or

No.-112.Overdo – Overdue

No.-113.Pail – Pale

No.-114.Pain – Pane

No.-115.Pair – Pear

No.-116.Passed – Past

No.-117.Peace – Piece

No.-118.Peak – Peek

No.-119.Pedal – Peddle

No.-120.Plane – Plain

No.-121.Principal – Principle

No.-122.Profit – Prophet

No.-123.Rain – Reign

No.-124.Red – Read

No.-125.Right – Write

No.-126.Ring – Wring

No.-127.Rode – Road

No.-128.Role – Roll

No.-129.Rouse – Rows

No.-130.Rung – Wrung

No.-131.Sail – Sale

No.-132.Sauce – Seen

No.-133.Scull – Skull

No.-134.See – Sea

No.-135.Shoe – Shoo

No.-136.Side – Sighed

No.-137.Slay – Sleigh

No.-138.Soar – Sore

No.-139.Sole – Soul

No.-140.Some – Sum

No.-141.Sort – Sought

No.-142.Staid – Stayed

No.-143.Stalk – Stork

No.-145.Stare – Stair

No.-146.Stationary – Stationery

No.-147.Steal – Steel

No.-148.Stile – Style

No.-149.Sun – Son

No.-150.Tail – Tale

No.-151.Team – Teem

No.-152.Than – Then

No.-153.Their – There

No.-154.Throne – Thrown

No.-155.Tide – Tied

No.-156.To – Too / Two

No.-157.Toe – Tow

No.-158.Vain – Vein

No.-159.Vary – Very

No.-160.Wail – Whale

No.-161.Waste – Waist

No.-162.Way – Weigh

No.-163.Weak – Week

No.-164.Weather – Whether

No.-165.Where – Wear

No.-166.Which – Witch

No.-167.Who’s – Whose

No.-168.Won – One

No.-169.Would – Wood

No.-170.You’r – Your


List of homonyms in English:-


No.-1.Address – Address

No.-2.Band – Band

No.-3.Bat – Bat

No.-4.Match – Match

No.-5.Mean – Mean

No.-6.Right – Right

No.-7.Ring – Ring

No.-8.Rock – Rock

No.-9.Rose – Rose

No.-10.Spring – Spring

No.-11.Stalk – Stalk

No.-12.Well – Well

No.-13.Clip – Clip

No.-14.Date – Date.

No.-15.Drop – Drop

No.-16.Fly – Fly

No.-17.Letter – Letter

No.-18.Palm – Palm

No.-19.Park – Park

No.-20.Point – Point

No.-21.Ruler – Ruler

No.-22.Saw – Saw

No.-23.Scale – Scale

No.-24.Ship – Ship

No.-25.Sink – Sink

No.-26.Tie – Tie

No.-27.Trip – Trip

No.-28.Wave – Wave

No.-29.Cool – Cool

No.-30.Duck – Duck

No.-31.Fall – Fall

No.-32.File – File

No.-33.Foot – Foot

No.-34.Left – Left

No.-35.Nail – Nail

No.-36.Watch – Watch

No.-37.Can – Can


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Rakesh Kumar