brews, bruise

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

The answer is simple: brews, bruise are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of brew.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of brew.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of (part of the body) without breaking the skin, as by a blow.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To damage (plant tissue), as by abrasion or pressure: bruised the fruit by careless packing.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To dent or mar.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To pound (berries, for example) into fragments; crush.

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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").