pealing, peeling

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

The answer is simple: pealing, peeling are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Present participle of peal.

  1. :: noun

    A piece or strip, as of skin or vegetable rind, that has been peeled off.

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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").