brewed, brood

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

The answer is simple: brewed, brood are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of brew.

  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To hover envelopingly; loom.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    To sit on or hatch eggs.

  3. :: noun

    The young of certain animals, especially a group of young birds or fowl hatched at one time and cared for by the same mother. See Synonyms at flock1.

  4. :: noun

    The children in one family.

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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").