hays, haze

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

The answer is simple: hays, haze are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of hay.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hay.

  1. :: noun

    Atmospheric moisture, dust, smoke, and vapor that diminishes visibility.

  2. :: noun

    A partially opaque covering: Let the polish dry to a haze before buffing it.

  3. :: noun

    A vague or confused state of mind.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To become misty or hazy; blur.

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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").