ha ha, ha-ha

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

The answer is simple: ha ha, ha-ha are homophones of the English language.

ha ha
  1. :: interjection

    Expression of laughter.

  1. :: noun

    A sound made in imitation of laughter.

  2. :: noun

    Slang An instance of amusement. Often used in the plural: drove past the old school just for ha-has.

  3. :: interjection

    Used to express amusement or scorn.

  4. :: noun

    See sunk fence.

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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").