List of Homophones - 400+ Homophones Words For English Language

The knowledge of List of Homophones is important for candidates preparing for any competitive exam or government examinations. Homophones words form an important part of the competitive exams.

Candidates appearing for government exams like SSC, RRB, Bank, IBPS, and more frequently face questions related to Homophones in the English language section of these exams. Not particularly for competitive or government exams, the usage of homonyms/homophones has now been useful in day to day life as well. 

Candidates preparing for any competitive exams or any government exams can check other important topics for the preparation of the English language section in these exams. 

Generally, candidates tend to lose marks in the English Language section of the exams if their vocabulary is not up to the mark. Hence, in this article, we have come up with the list of Homophones with examples. The list of Homophones provided here contains 400 plus English Homophones words. 

Check the List of Synonyms and Antonyms for assistance in the preparation.

Candidates along with the homonyms list will get sample questions on homophones asked in the examination. Not just this, candidates will also be able to download the list of Homophones in PDF Format, given below and at the bottom of the article.

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Homophones List

Before heading towards the list of Homophones, it is important to understand the meaning and difference between the Homophones, Homonyms and Homographs.

What are Homonyms?

The word “homonym” comes from the prefix “homo”, meaning “the same”, and the suffix “-nym,” means “ the name”. Hence. Homonyms are the word or words that sound alike and have different meanings. They either sound the same or spelt the same but their meanings are different. 

Homonym Examples:

  1. Address – location/ to speak to
  2. Bark – the sound of dogs/ tree’s outer layer
  3. Band – a ring/ a musical group

What are Homophones?

Homophones are a type of homonyms. They also sound the same and have different meanings but they also have different spellings.

Homophones Examples:

  1. Altar/ Alter
  2. Berth/ Birth
  3. Cast/ Caste
  4. Days/ Daze
  5. Earn/ Urn

What are Homographs?

Homographs are words that are spelt the same but have different meanings. Understand it with examples.

Homographs Examples:

  1. Entrance – the way in/ to delight
  2. Bow – to incline/ type of knot
  3. Bat – an animal/sports equipment

Now that we have gained familiarity with the meaning of homonyms, homophones and homographs, lets us go through the list of homophones. Candidates need to download the PDF of List of Homophones to get the list of 400+ homophones words.  

Given below is the list of homophones containing 30 homophones words along with the example sentences. 

List of Homophones
Homophones Words & Sentences Homophones Words & Sentences
Aural -The Aural experience of the concert was impressive Oral- She practices good oral hygiene
Ascent – He first wanted to ascent Mt. Everest Assent – They want PM’s assent on the bill
Access – The elevator gave access to the top floor Excess – do not take an excess of stress in life
Ate – the ape ate all the apples Eight – we will meet after the office at eight
Bald – he is planning to go Bald (hairless) Bawled – she began to bawl (cry) like a child
Baron – His mother is a press baron(important person) Barren – this hall used to be a barren building
Blew – he picked a tissue and blew his nose Blue – his favourite colour is blue
Band – he played guitar in the live band yesterday  Banned – taking pets to malls should be banned
Beat – will he be able to beat the champion of all times? Beet – he loves to eat beet because it is healthy
Bolder – She is bolder and stronger to cope with the situation Boulder- He was sitting on a boulder when he fell into the sea
Brake – Use the brake to stop the truck or it will kill the dog Break – the children play and enjoy during the break 
Carat – he bought her half-a-carat diamond ring Carrot – drinking carrot juice regularly is good for health
Callous – his callous comments make me feel as if he is only the murdered Callus – the irritated cells healed by forming callus
Ceiling – the ceiling of the palace shone like gold and diamond Sealing – The closing door sounded like the sealing of her fate. 
Cent – he was treated in hospital for 50 cents Scent – The scent of the sandal is refreshing and sweet
Choir – she is a member of a church choir Quire – the scribe numbered the quires of the manuscripts leaves
Censor – The film got the approval from the censor Sensor – there are sensor water taps in the office building  no need to touch them 
Dual – the meeting with the Chairman will serve dual purpose.  Duel – Do you think we should duel over this?
Disburse – I disbursed the EMI for our house Disperse – seeds can be dispersed with the storms
Dam – the torrential rain might burst the Dam Damn – She treated her badly and she will be damned to hell for it
Die – Doctors said she will Die as she is suffering from cancer Dye – She dyed her hair pink
Eave – the wild bees usually nest under the eaves of the building Eve – on the eve of her birthday we have planned a surprise
Eye – She is blind in one eye Aye – Aye! you are right here and they are searching for you all over. 
Fined – He was fined 10 thousands rupees for driving without a helmet. Find – I could find myself new topics to write articles
Flair – she had the flair for writing Flare – a flare of something went through her face when she met an accident
Franc – he might be from France as I can see the currency Franc in his wallet Frank – she is frank and open-hearted
Gait – we saw the gait(walking style) of a Cheetah in the zoo Gate – the guard opened the gate and let the students in the school
Hew – the carpenters will hew the logs with an axe  Hue – the hue of the prism is like the rainbow in the sky
Holy – Kashi is a holy place and a tourist attraction as well Wholly – the claims from the insurance is wholly without the interest
Islet – the islet of Santa Clara is worth visiting Eyelet – he saw the kidnappers from the eyelet of the wall in his room
Idle – she was sitting idle but did not complete the assignments given  Idol – he is the idol of all the young singers in the industry

Apart from the ones given in the list above, get 400+ Homophones words, download the PDF of the list of homophones given below

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English Homophones Words – Sample Questions

To understand the prominence of English Homonyms/Homophones in various competitive exams it is important for candidates to understand the type of questions asked in the examination based on homophones words.

Hence, given below are sample questions on homophones asked in the English language section of various government examinations:

Directions: out of the sentences given and numbered below, choose the sentence in which the homonym is correctly used.

Q.1. (1)the robbers seas the money in the bank/ (2) Tina seas three geese in the pond/ (3) The sailor travelled the deep seas during the voyage.

  1. 1 is correct
  2. 2 is correct
  3. 3 is correct
  4. None is correct

Answer (3) The sailor travelled  the deep seas during the voyage

Q.2 (1) he is feeling blew today as he did not sleep last night/ (2) My dress has blew flowers on it/ (3) the waves were rising because the wind blew across the ocean.

  1. 1 & 3 are correct
  2. 2 is correct
  3. 2 & 3 are correct
  4. Only 3 is correct

Answer (4) the waves were rising because the wind blew across the ocean

Q.3. (1) he gifted a new pair of shoes to her for the dance/ (2) he ate a pair during lunchtime/ (3) do not eat the rotten pair kept on the basket

  1. Only 1 is correct
  2. Only 2 is correct
  3. Both 1 and 2 are correct
  4. Only 3 is correct

Answer (1) he gifted a new pair of shoes to her for the dance

Q.4. (1) Her bare hands got cold while playing with the snow/ (2) the challenge was to walk on the broken glass Bearfoot/ (3) he tortured her and she used to bare silently.

  1. 1 is correct
  2. 2 and 3 are correct
  3. Only 3 is correct
  4. None is correct

Answer (1) Her bare hands got cold while playing with the snow

Q.5. (1)She has to pay her library dews/ (2) the plants in the morning are covered with dews/ (3) Are you going to dew all your office work for home?

  1. 1 is correct
  2. 2 is correct
  3. 3 is correct
  4. None is correct

Answer (2)  the plants in the morning are covered with dews

Apart from the above-given MCQ type questions, homonyms/ homophones are asked in reading comprehension sections/ spotting the error type questions as well. Also, it will enhance candidates’ vocabulary skills for the descriptive section.

Aspirants of the upcoming government exams must carefully go through the list of homophones as candidates tend to score the least in the English Language section.

Candidates preparing for the various government exams can refer to the detailed exam syllabus in the links given below:

For any further questions or information regarding the competitive exams, study material or best books for preparation, candidates can turn to BYJU’S. 

Given below are the links that may help you prepare for the upcoming Government exams 2020:

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