weights, waits

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

The answer is simple: weights, waits are homophones of the English language.

waits
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of wait.

  2. :: noun

    A group of singers or musicians performing in the streets, especially around Christmas.

  3. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of wait.

weights
  1. :: noun

    Any collection of weighted objects, such as dumbbells or barbells, used for exercise and training the muscles.

  2. :: noun

    Plural form of weight.

  3. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of weight.

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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").