warn, worn

The words warn, worn sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do warn, worn sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: warn, worn are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: transitive verb

    To notify or make aware in advance of something, especially of possible danger or misfortune.

  2. :: transitive verb

    To make known (a warning).

  3. :: transitive verb

    To advise or caution (someone) about a course of action.

  4. :: transitive verb

    To notify (a person) to go or stay away.

  1. :: intransitive verb

  2. :: adjective

    Affected or damaged by wear or use.

  3. :: adjective

    Showing the wearing effects of overwork, worry, or suffering.

  4. ::

    Impaired or otherwise affected by wear or use.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition., from The Century Dictionary. and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").