whiled, wild

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

The answer is simple: whiled, wild are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of while.

  1. :: adjective

    Occurring, growing, or living in a natural state; not domesticated, cultivated, or tamed: wild geese; edible wild plants.

  2. :: adjective

    Not inhabited or farmed: remote, wild country.

  3. :: adjective

    Uncivilized or barbarous; savage.

  4. :: adjective

    Lacking supervision or restraint: wild children living in the street.

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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").