Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs Lists

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VocabularySpellingCity’s spelling lists will help students learn homonyms, homographs, and homophones (sound-alike words) and have fun all at the same time! Resources include printable worksheets, videos, online games, and various teaching strategies for Kindergarten through High School. Here you can customize a unique lesson to illustrate, with the help of grade level appropriate homophone and homonym lists, the differences in these words.

Homographs, homophones, and homonyms lists can bring confusion to even adults and teachers! VocabularySpellingCity can help anyone master these word groups. For clarity, we’ve brought them all together on one page. It makes it easier to learn the difference among the three types of words using the definitions below in conjunction with homonyms, homophones and homographs activities.


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Homonyms Homophones Homographs & Heteronyms
Multiple meaning words Words that sound alike Same spelling,
different pronunciation,
different meanings
 the spruce tree…
to spruce up…
addition for math
edition of a book
desert = abandon
desert = area of land
suit yourself…
wore a suit
 I want to go
I like it too
One plus one is two
bass = fish
bass = instrument
 weigh on the scale
scale the wall…
capitol building
state capital
close = nearby
close = to shut
 the price is fair
go to the fair…
 pick a flower
bake with flour
bow = to bend down
bow = ribbon

How do you Teach Homonyms Word Lists?

Homonyms, or multiple meaning words, are words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. For example, bear.

  • A bear (the animal) can bear (tolerate) very cold temperatures.
  • The driver turned left (opposite of right) and left (departed from) the main road.

How Do You Learn Homophone Lists?


Homophones, also known as sound-alike words, are words that are pronounced identically although they have different meanings and often have different spellings as well. These words are a very common source of confusion when writing. Common sets of homophones include: to, too, and two; they’re and their; bee and be; sun and son; which and witch; and plain and plane. VocabularySpellingCity is a particularly useful tool for learning to correctly use and spell the soundalike words.

  • The toys are over there on the floor.
  • The wind gust blew away their papers.
  • Did they say they’re coming to my party?


Homographs are words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings and are often pronounced differently as well. Some homographs are:

  • bass as in fish vs bass as in music
  • bow as in arrow vs bow as in bending or taking a bow at the end of a performance
  • close as in next to vs close as in shut the door
  • desert as in dry climate vs desert as in leaving alone

Currently, VocabularySpellingCity cannot distinguish between homographs, as we are unable to have two pronounciations for the exact same word. We are looking for possibilities in the future.


Heteronyms Lists

Heteronyms or heterophones have the same spelling, different pronunciations, and different meanings. All heteronyms are homographs, but not all homographs are heteronyms. See why this concept can be so confusing to learn?

  • Wind: I need to wind the alarm clock so I can fly my kite in the early morning gusty wind.
  • Record: Please record the program when they try to beat the world record for word nerdiness.
  • Excuse: Please excuse this poor excuse for art.

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1st Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: to, two, one, won, be, bee, in, inn, sun, son
  • List 2: for, four, see, sea, I, eye, meet, meat, ant, aunt

2nd Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: toe, tow, week, weak, mane, main, tail, tale, our, hour
  • List 2: bare, bear, so, sew, here, hear, dear, deer, grown, groan

3rd Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: hare, hair, sail, sale, wait, weight, their, there, maid, made
  • List 2: hole, whole, medal, metal, knight, night, fur, fir, right, write
  • List 3: road, rode, piece, peace, cents, sense, ate, eight, threw, through

4th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: peak, peek, seam, seem, feat, feet, steal, steel, flea, flee
  • List 2: male, mail, pale, pail, days, daze, rays, raise, vane, vain, vein
  • List 3: pair, pare, pear, stair, stare, loan, lone, flour, flower, principle, principal

5th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: throne, thrown, doe, dough, clothes, close, waist, waste, brake, break
  • List 2: cent, scent, sent, wear, where, site, sight, cite, berry, bury
  • List 3: which, witch, pedal, peddle, bored, board, sweet, suite, creek, creak

6th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: affect, effect, allowed, aloud, aisle, isle, I’ll, patience, patients
  • List 2: weather, whether, accept, except, ceiling, sealing, hanger, hangar, alter, altar

7th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: vile, vial, wave, waive, addition, edition, horse, hoarse, manor, manner
  • List 2: sensor, censor, bizarre, bazaar, heel, heal, carrot, carat, miner, minor

8th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: sole, soul, rain, reign, rein, pause, paws, wail, whale, heard, herd
  • List 2: naval, navel, sheer, shear, air, heir, scene, seen, presence, presents

9th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: cellar, seller, allusion, illusion, capital, capitol, symbol, cymbal, compliment, complement
  • List 2: boarder, border, council, counsel, genes, jeans, bridal, bridle, incite, insight
  • List 3: whine, wine, mall, maul, muscle, mussel, slay, sleigh, course, coarse

10th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: discreet, discrete, loot, lute, currant, current, profit, prophet, borough, burrow

11th Grade Homophones:

  • List 1: dual, duel, cereal, serial, idle, idol, faint, feint, wrote, rote
  • List 2: baron, barren, birth, berth, knead, need, mantle, mantel, leased, least

12th Grade Homophones:

  • colonel, kernel, palette, pallet, palate, morning, mourning, canvas, canvass, gorilla, guerilla

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