boos, booze

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

The answer is simple: boos, booze are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of boo.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of boo.

  1. :: noun

    Hard liquor.

  2. :: noun

    An alcoholic beverage.

  3. :: noun

    A drinking spree.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To drink alcoholic beverages excessively or chronically.

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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").