What are homographs and homonyms?

What are homographs and homonyms?

Homophones are words that sound the same but are different. Homographs are words that are spelled the same but are different. Homonyms can be homophones, homographs, or both. Homographs are words that are spelled alike but are different in meaning or derivation or pronunciation.

What is Oronyms?

A sequence of words (for example, “ice cream”) that sounds the same as a different sequence of words (“I scream”). The term oronym was coined by Gyles Brandreth in The Joy of Lex (1980).

What is homonyms and examples?

If they are pronounced the same then they are also homophones (and homonyms) – for example, bark (the sound of a dog) and bark (the skin of a tree). If they are pronounced differently then they are also heteronyms – for example, bow (the front of a ship) and bow (a ranged weapon).

When a phrase has multiple meanings?

Polysemy (/pəˈlɪsɪmi/ or /ˈpɒlɪsiːmi/; from Greek: πολύ-, polý-, “many” and σῆμα, sêma, “sign”) is the capacity for a word or phrase to have multiple meanings, usually related by contiguity of meaning within a semantic field.

How do you respond to sending a lot of love?

Go out there and spread the love!

  1. I love you more.
  2. Thank you.
  3. Hearing you say that makes me so happy.
  4. Did you know that you make the world a better place?
  5. No, I love you!
  6. You’re the only person who makes me smile constantly.
  7. You’re so wonderful that you made me forget my reply to your “I love you.”

What word has the most multiple meanings?


What are examples of Heteronyms?


Spelling Pronun. Meaning
laminate /ˈlæmɪnɪt/ material formed of thin sheets glued together
lead /ˈliːd/ to guide
/ˈlɛd/ a metal
learned /ˈlɜːrnɪd/ having much learning

What do you call one word with two meanings?

When words are spelled the same and sound the same but have different meanings, then they are called homonyms. When they are just spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings, then they are homographs. Here are some of the most popular homonyms and homographs in the English language.