wins, winze

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

The answer is simple: wins, winze are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of win.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of win.

  1. :: noun

    An inclined or vertical shaft or passage between levels in a mine.

Definitions from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License, from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

Share wins, winze

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").