g, gee

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

The answer is simple: g, gee are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Music A string, key, or pipe tuned to the pitch of this tone.

  2. :: noun

    The seventh letter of the modern English alphabet.

  3. :: noun

    Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter g.

  4. :: noun

    The seventh in a series.

  1. :: noun

    The letter g.

  2. :: interjection

    Used to command an animal pulling a load to turn to the right.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To turn to the right.

  4. :: interjection

    Used as a mild expletive or exclamation, as of surprise, enthusiasm, or sympathy.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition 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").