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Homophonic sound-alikes vary according to regional language practices. For example, the common twins 'affect' and 'effect' are often sounded the same. In various places, the word 'effect' may be sounded as: uh FEKT, UHfekt, or EEfekt. In parts of America, you might here the sound "all" and it could mean, [1 - all] everything and everybody, [2 - awl] a tool, or [3 - oil] all you put in your engine crankcase.

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a or A the article / the name of the alpha letter
eh expression, often as questioning

aba fabric made from hair of camel or goat
abba a father

abbe [s] alt. for abbot
abbey [s] monastery

acclamation applause or assent
acclimation habituation to climate

acts performances or behaviors
ax, axe chopping tool

ad abbrev. advertisement
add sum up

ade [s] suffix as in lemonade
aid [s] help or assistance
aide [s] assistant in military

adherence attaching to, sticking
adherents believers or followers

adolescence stage of life
adolescents persons in adolescence

ads plural of ad
adds plural of add
adze also adz = ax like tool

affect [d][s] cause an effect
effect [d][s] result

ail [s] be ill
ale [s] beverage

air [s] atmosphere of Earth
e'er poetic contraction for 'ever'
ere before
err [s] commit error, sometimes sounded as urr
heir [s] inheritor

aisle [s] walkway or path
I'll contraction for 'I will'
isle [s] island

all every
awl tool

allowed permitted
aloud audibly

allusion n. referring to
illusion n. not real but perceived as such

altar [s] place of worship or sacrifice
alter [s] change

an one of something
Ann or Anne given name

ant [s] insect
aunt [s] parent's sibling

ante entry fee to hand of playing cards in some games
aunty or Auntie endearing form of aunt

ar 1 = name of the alpha letter 'R', 2 = unit of measure
are plural of is

arc [s] curved line
ark [s] vessel or chest

ascent [s] result of moving upward
assent [s] agreement

ate past tense of eat
eight number between 7 and 9

auger [s] drill
augur [s] portend

aught [s] cipher, nothing
ought [s] should
ought [s] zero

aw expression
awe wonder

aweful wonderful
awful bad

away not here
aweigh depart, as in 'anchors aweigh'

axal alt for axial
axel jump in figure skating (from Axel Paulsen 1855–1938)
axil botanical term
axle wheel shaft
axils pl.
axles pl.

ay interjection as in 'aieeee'
aye [s] yes
eye [s] seeing organ
i or I alpha letter, personal pronoun


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    B

b or B alphabet character or name thereof
be exist
bee insect

bail [s] empty or dip out, / a hoop
bale [s] compressed aggregate, as 'bale of hay'

bailee [s] custodian
bailey [s] palisade or fortress wall
bailie [s] Scottish municipal officer like alderman

bailer [s] one who bails
bailor [s] deliverer under contract
baler [s] maker of bales

baize type of fabric
bays plural of bay
beys plural of bey

bald hairless
balled configured into a ball or sphere
bawled cried

ball [s][ing] v.make spherical [ball fist] / n. round or spherical toy
bawl [s][ing] cry

baller [s] one who makes a ball or who "balls"
bawler [s] one who cries, bawls

ban [s] prohibit
bann [s] announcement

band group of musicians
banned past tense of ban

bar [s] n. rod - as in prisons bars
bar [s] n. saloon
bar [s] v. disallow
barre [s] n. handrail used in ballet practice

bare adj. unadorned; naked / v. expose, uncover
bear n. speies of ursine mammal
bear v. carry

bares v.3rd per. bares his soul
bears n.pl. more than one animal; collective noun
bears v.3rd per. carries

bard poet or writer
barred prevented

bark [s] 1 = outer covering of tree trunk; 2 = canine speech
barque [s] boat

baron [ess] title of nobility
barren [ness] infertile

basal pertaining to a base
basil edible plant used as spice

base home, headquarters, bottom
base alkaline chemical compound
base vulgar
bass low frequency sound range

based founded on or supported by
baste coat with liquid - usually in cooking

bases plural of base
basses stringed musical instrument [s]
basis first principle

bask [s] be exposed to [warmth]
basque [s] type of blouse
Basque [s] nationality

bat [s] 1 = flying nocturnal mammal, 2 = stick
batt [s] cotton batting or insulation material

baud [s] unit of measure - "baud rate"
bawd [s] prostitue [archaic - root of 'bawdy']

bay [s] body of water
bey [s] Turkish title

beach [es] seashore sands
beech [es] tree

beat [s] 1 = thump, 2 = tempo
beet [s] vegetable

beau [s] sweetheart
bow [s] archery device

beaut [s] colloquial for a beauty or beautiful
butte [s] landscape prominence

been past tens of 'be'
bin container or hopper

beer [s] beverage
bier [s] coffin support

bel [s] unit of measure
Bel Babylonian god
bell [s] ringing device
belle [s] beautiful woman

berry fruit
bury inter

berries fruit
buries inter

berth [s] bed or assigned space on conveyance
birth [s] nativity

better [s] socially superior
bettor [s] one who wagers

bib [s] napkin of sorts
bibb [s] bracket on ship's mast

billed past tense of 'bill' - invoice
build 1 = construct, 2 = physique

bird avian creature
burred rough edged

birr [s] whirring sound
brrr] expression of being cold
bur [s] plant seed case
burr [s] variant of 'bur'

bit [s] past tense of 'bite' / tool
bitt [s] deck post on ship

bite [s] cut with teeth
bight [s] corner / loop in rope / bay
byte [s] unit of measure in digital data systems

blew past tense of 'blow'
blue color

bloc [s] cohesive group
block [s] 1 = rectangular solid, 2 = obstruct

boar [s] male swine
bore [s] drill
Boer [s] South African Dutch colonist

board 1 = plank, 2 = governing group
bored 1 = drilled, 2 = listless & disinterested

boarder [s] resident
border [s] dividing line or edge

bode presage or foreshadow
bowed bent or curved

bold courageous
bowled rolled bowling ball

bolder comparative form of 'bold'
boulder rock

bole [s] tree trunk
boll [s] plant pod
bowl [s] receptacle

boos disapproval
booze colloquial for alcoholic beverage

born having come into life
borne carried
bourn stream

boro [s] n. geopolitical subdivision
borough [s] n. geopolitical subdivision
burro [s] n. donkey
burrow [s] n./v. tunnel

bow [s] v. bend at waist in sign of respect
bough [s] n. tree limb

braid v. plait or interleaave
brayed v. pt. of 'bray'

braise [s][d] culinary term
brays makes equine sound
braze [s][d] weld

braising v.p.
brazing v.p

brake [s] [r] arrest motion, halt
break [s] [er] damage

braking participle[s] of brake
breaking participle[s] of break

breach [es] create opening or overrun defenses
breech [es] receptacle for amunition

bread baked food from flour
bred mated

brews plural of 'brew'
bruise injure

bridal pertaining to a bride or wedding
bridle horse control lanyard

broach [es] propose
brooch [es] article of jewelry

brood 1 = offspring group, 2 = sit eggs for hatching
brewed past tense of 'brew'

brows forehead
browse feed on

bunco fraud
bunko dice game

Bundt type of cake or baking pan
bunt short hit baseball

burger [s] colloquial for 'hamburger' sandwich
burgher [s] citizen of town or borough

bus [es] conveyance
buss [es] 1 = kiss, 2 = electrical current handler

bused past tense of 'bus'
bussed past tense of 'buss'
bust n. human female breast
bust v. break up

but [s] take exception with or make condition
butt [s] 1 = hind end, 2 = ram

buy [s] purchase
by preposition for beside or near
bye [s] sports term in cricket and golf

buyer [s] purchaser
byre [s] barn


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c or C name of alphabet character
sea [s] ocean or large body of water
see [s] view
sieze take hold

caca slang for excrement
kaka type of parrot

cache [d] [s] n. storage place. v. to store
cash [ed] [es] legal tender

caching v.p.
cashing v.p.

calendar [s] n. table of days & years
calendar [s][ed][ing] v. place on a calendar schedule
calender [s] n. embossing device
calender [s][ed][ing] v. means of embossing

calf young bovine
kaph name of 11th letter in Hebrew alphabet

call [s] contact or awaken
caul [s] wooden clamp

came past tense of 'come'
kame low mound or hill

cand n. minerology term
canned adj. sealed within a can
kand n. variation of cand

cane [s] n. plant stem
cane [s] n. walking aid
Cain son of Adam & Eve
kain [s] n. tribute paid to landlord [Scot.]

cannon [s] artillery device
canon [s] law

can't v. contraction for 'can not'
cant n./v. 1 = slant, 2 = whining speech

canter [s] n./v. moderate gallop
cantor [s] n. liturgical singer or choir leader

canvas [es] type of fabric
canvass [es] solicit

capital [s] 1 = money, 2 = column top
capitol [s] building

carat [s] lapidary unit of measure
caret [s] typing mark '^' made by shift 6
carrot [s] root vegetable
karat [s] alt. spelling of 'carat'

carol [s] song or hymn
carrel [s] study enclosure

carpal a bone of the carpus in wrist
carpel botanical term - a pistil

cast [s] 1 = to throw, 2 = performing group
caste [s] a social class

caster one who throws
castor type of bean

catch receive a thrown or falling object
ketch type of boat

cause generative force
caws sounds of crows

cay [s] island
quay [s] wharf

cedar [s] an evergreen tree
seeder [s] one who broadcasts seeds

cede [s][ed] v. to give or surrender
seed [s][ed] n./v. plant germ, to insert seeds in growing medium
seed [s][ed] n. term in professional tennis
ceding v.p. giving up
seeding v.p. planting - participle of seed

ceiling [s] overhead wall of a room
sealing [s] to close a package or envelope; place personal seal

cell [s] 1 = a small room, 2 = term in life sciences
sell [s] to exchange for money

cellar [s] basement
seller [s] one who sells

censer [s] n. incense dish
censor [s] n./v. one who censures; to censure
sensor [s] n. a device which detects or senses

cent [s] one hundredth of a dollar
scent [s] an aroma
sent dispatched
scents aromas
sense 1 - detect, 2 - intellect

cere cover with wax
sear [s] to scorch
seer [s] a prophet
sere withered

cereal [s] edible grains
serial [s] sequential

Ceres Roman goddess of agriculture
series a sequence

cession [s] giving up
session [s] a group sitting

chance happenstance
chants more than one litany

chard spinach-like vegetable
charred burnt

chased quickly followed
chaste virginal, sexually pure

cheap low cost
cheep sound made by chick

check [s] 1 = tic mark, 2 = mode of payment
cheque [s]] from Czechoslovakia
Czech [s] from Czechoslovakia

chews masticates
choose select

chic in fashion
sheik Arab ruler

Chile a South American country
chili dried pod of red pepper
chilly uncomfortably cool

choir [s] singing group
quire [s] the twentieth part of a ream of paper

choler yellow bile
collar around your neck

choral by a chorus
coral marine polyp skeleton

chorale [s] song by choir
corral [s] animal enclosure

chord [s] three tones in harmony
cord [s] very light rope
cored divested of its central part

chute [s] inclined trough
shoot [s] fire a weapon

cirrous plant tendril
cirrus fleecy clouds
serous pertaining to serum

cite [s] [d] refer to or acknowledge
sight [s] [ed] vision
site [s [d]] location

citing participle of 'cite'
sighting participle of 'sight'
siting participle of 'site'

clack [s] a chattering sound
claque [s] a group hired to applaud, sycophants

clan tribe
Klan the Ku Klux Klan

clansman member of a clan
Klansman member of The KKK
clansmen pl.
Klansmen pl.

clause contractual unit
claws animals talons or nails

clew [s] sheet cringle on a sail
clue [s] a hint

click [s] ticking noise
clique [s] exclusive group
klick [s] slang for kilometer

climb [s] ascend
clime [s] climate

close shut
clothes garments

coal [s] black mineral
cole [s] plants in the crucifer family
kohl black cosmetic powder

coaled supplied with coal
cold not supplied with coal

coarse rough
course path of travel

coat [s] wear it for warmth
cote [s] small animal shed

coax persuade or cajole
Cokes multiple Coca-Cola® servings

cob [s] core of ear of corn
kob [s] antelope of species kobus

cocks more than one male bird
cox a coxswain

coddling indulging
codling small, unripe apple

coffer [s] a strongbox or money chest
cougher [s] one who coughs

coin [s] money
quoin [s] corner stone

cola [s] beverage
kola [s] African tree

collard n. type of edible greens
collared v.pt. apprehended
collared adj. having a collar

colonel [s] military officer
kernel [s] seed or central essential

comedy n. humorous performance; genre of play, movie, etc
comity courtesy

complacence self-satisfaction
complaisance willingness to please
complacent self-satified
complaisant willing to please

complement [s] allotment
compliment [s] praise

con [s] against
khan [s] East Asian title

conch [s] marine mollusk
conk [s] blow to the head

coo [s] a soft murmuring sound
coup [s] a successful stroke or takeover

cook [s] prepare food
kook [s] bizarre person

coop [s] cage, usually for fowl
coupe [s] style of two door automobile

cop [s] policeman or woman [fron Constable On Patrol]
kop [s] mountain or hill [So Africa]

cops police
kops mountain or hill [So Africa]
copse stand of trees or small wood

copped swiped
Copt member of Coptic culture or church

core [s] inner part
corps organized group
kor [s] round vessel [Hebrew]

cosign [s] to sign in addition
cosine [s] sine of the complement in trigonometry

cough [s] noisily expel air from lungs
koff [s] two-masted Dutch vessel

council [s] group of leaders
counsel [s] advice or advisor

cousin [s] son or daughter of an uncle or aunt
cozen [s] defraud or deceive

craft [s] a manual occupation
kraft [s] a strong paper made from wood pulp

crain [s] derrick
crane [s] bird

crate [s] container
krait [s] type of venomous serpent

crater [s] impact hole
krater [s] ancient Greek jar

creak [s] noise
creek [s] small stream

crewed served by a crew
crude of coarse manner

crewel embroidery material or process
cruel merciless

crews more than one crew
cruise a sea journey

crone [s] old withered ewe or woman
krone [s] monetary unit in some nations

croon [s] sing in gentle manner
kroon [s] monetary unit [obsolete]

cue [s][d] a signal
queue [s][d] a waiting line (another famous English-ism)
q or Q [s] alphabet character

curb [s] raised edge of rodway
kerb [s] British for curb

curd [s] chemical coagulation
Kurd / Koord [s] people of Kurdistan

currant [s] small berry
current of the present
current [s] electric power or water motion

curser [s] one who swears
cursor [s] on-screen positional indicator

cygnet [s] a young swan
signet [s] an authenticating seal

cymbal [s] percussive brass dish
symbol [s] a representation


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dam [s] holds back water
damn [s] consign to hades

dammar [s] tree resin used in varnish, also 'damar'
dammer [s] dam maker
damner [s] curser

dammed prevented from flowing
damned cursed

damming controlling water
damning cursing

darn [s] mend
darne [s] a fish steak

Dane [s] person of Denmark
deign [s] allow with condescension

days more than one day
daze bewilder

dear beloved
deer ruminant quadruped

descent [s] downward motion
dissent [s] disagreement

desert [s] abandon, leave behind
dessert [s] after meal sweet

deviser [s] inventor
devisor [s] testator
divisor [s] mathematical term

dew [s] morning condensation
do perform or execute
due [s] owed, payable

die [d][s] 1 = become dead, 2 = stamping tool
dye [d][s] coloring agent

dyeing p
dying p

dine [s] eat
dyne [s] unit of energy

dire desperate
dyer one who dyes

disc [s] a phonograph record
disk [s] a round, plate-shaped object

discreet confidential
discrete individual

discussed talked about
disgust sickening

do first note of diatonic scale
doe [s] a female deer
dough [s] uncooked bread

doc [s] a physician
dock [s] where a boat is kept

does several female deer
doughs several uncooked breads
doze to nap

done completed
dun demand payment

douse [d][r][rs][s] pour water on fire
dowse [d][r][rs][s] search for uderground water

draft [s] a preliminary written version
draught [s] a gust of wind

dual [s] twofold. plural is slang
duel [s] a fight between two over honor


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    E

earn [s] to come to deserve
urn [s] jar or vase

elicit to draw out
illicit unlawful

el [s] elevated railway
ell [s] name of the alphabetic letter 'L'

elude [s] to escape from
illude [s] to deceive

em [s] name of alphabet letter 'M' or unit of type
m or M [s] alphabet character 'M'

en [s] name of alphabet letter 'N' or unit of type
n or N [s] alphabet character 'N'

epic [s] a narrative poem or story
epoch [s] a noteworthy period in history (also pronounced EEpuck

eunuchs castrated men - harem guardians
Unix computer operating system

ewe [s] female sheep
u or U [s] alphabet character
yew [s] a type of tree
you the second person voice

ex former
x or X alphabet character

eyelet [s] small hole for laces
islet [s] small island


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    F

facts objective realities
fax image transmission technology

faille type of fabric
file [s] a folder for holding papers
phial [s] a small glass bottle

fain willing
feign pretend

faint [s] pass out
feint [s] a weak, misdirected attack to confuse the enemy

fair [s] 1 = carnival, 2 = even-handed
fare [s] price of entry

fairing streamlining
faring the state of progress

fairy imaginary magic person
ferry [ies] river-crossing boat

fairies imaginary magic person
ferries river-crossing boat

faker [s] a deceiver
fakir [s] a Hindu ascetic (also pronounced FAH keer

faro a card game
pharoah Egyptian king

faux fake
foe enemy

fay a fairy
fey faith

fays more than one fairy
faze [s][d] to disconcert
phase [s][d] transition period

feat an accomplishment
feet pl. foot

feral wild
ferrule [s] metal tube or sleeve
ferule [s] walking stick

ferm [s] ferm
firm [s] 1 - solid, unyielding, 2 - business organziation

ferrate [s] a salt containing iron and oxygen
ferret [s] a domesticated polecat

feted celebrated
fetid stinking

few not many
phew expression of relief

fie expression of disgust
phi name of Greek 21st letter

filter [s] access control
philter [s] a love potion

fin [s] fish wings & rudders
Finn [s] perosn of Finland in English

finally at last
finely in very small particles

find to locate
fined penalized

finish to complete
Finnish from Finland

fir [s] evergreen tree
fur [s] animal hair
furr [s] to separate with strips of wood

fish aquatic animal
phish seek unsuspecting persons' identity info

fisher [s] one who fishes
fissure [s] a crack

flair verve
flare to spread

flacks incompetent pretenders
flax plant

flea [s] parasitic insect
flee [s] run away

flecks many tiny specks
flex to bend

flew past tense of fly
flu [s] short for influenza
flue [s] chimney pipe

flocks many sheep or birds
phlox flowering plant

floe [s] sheet of floating ice
flow [s] move as liquid

floor what one walks on
fluor something that glows

flour [s] powdered grain
flower [s] a bloom

for in place of
fore in front
four number after three

forbear [s] endure
forebear [s] forefather

forego [es][ing] to precede
forgo [es][ing] to abstain from

foreword [s] introduction to a book
forward [s] send on

fort [s] a fortification
forte [s] a person's strong point (also pronounced fortay)

forth a direction
fourth following the third

foul grossly offensive to the senses
fowl bird

frays quarrel or combat
phrase language segment

frees releases
freeze [s] very cold
frieze [s] a wall decoration

friar [s] a monk
fryer [s] chicken DRESSED FOR FRYING


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    G

g or G alphabet character
gee command to horse

gaff [s] a barbed spear
gaffe [s] a mistake

gage [s] a pledge or security deposit
gauge [s] instrument for measuring

gait [s] a manner of walking or running
gate [s] fence door

gaited describing a walking horse
gated having a gate

galley ship's kitchen
gally to frighten or terrify

gallop [s] horse's fastest non-running gait
galop [s] a round dance

gamble [ed][ing][s][r] wager
gambol [ed][ing][s][er] prance about

gays modern usage = homosexuals
gaze a languid look

gene [s] a chromosome
jean [s] cotton twill

gild [s] to coat with gold
gilled having gills
guild [s] craft society

gilt [s] gold for decorating objects
guilt [s] sense of shame, regret

gin [s] alcoholic beverage
jinn [s] plural of jinni, a Muslim spirit or demon

gneiss coarse-grained metamorphic rock of feldspar, quartz and mica
nice pleasant

gnu [s] African antelope
knew past tense of know
new [s] not old
nu Greek alphabet letter

gored pierced by an animal's horns
gourd fleshy fruit with hard skin

gorilla [s] large ape
guerrilla [s] irregular soldier

grade a slope
grayed turned gray

graft to attach
graphed plotted

graham n. whole wheat flour
gram [s] n. metric unit of weight
gram [s] n. chick pea

grate [s] a lattice
great [s] extremely good

grays more than one shade of black
graze to eat grass while wandering

grease lubricant
Greece Mediterranean country

greave [s] leg armor
grieve [s] to mourn

grill [ed][s] to sear cook
grille [d][s] an iron gate or door

grisly macabre
grizzly bear

groan reaction to hearing a pun
grown has gotten larger

guessed past tense of guess
guest a visitor

guide one who shows the way
guyed secured with a rope or wire

guise appearance
guys Garrison Keillor's obsession

gunnel small, eel-shaped marine fish; butterfish
gunwale upper part of sides of a boat


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hail [ed][er][s] n. frozen rain, v. raining ice
hale[d][r][s] robust health

hair [s] grows from your head
hare [s] rabbit

hall [s] a large room
haul [s] to carry

halve divide by two
have to hold in possession

hangar [s] garage for airplanes
hanger [s] from which things hang

hart [s] a stag
heart [s] blood pump

haut high, as in "haut couture"
ho an expression of r surprise
hoe garden tool

hay grass
hey a shout

hays more than one type of hay
haze atmospheric obscuration due to water or dust

he'd contraction of "he would"
heed to pay attention

heal [ed][s] to make well
heel [ed][s] bottom rear part of foot
he'll contraction of "he will"

hear to listen
here at this location

heard listened to
herd a group of ruminants

hears listens
here's contration for 'here is'

heigh an exclamation
hi a greeting
hie [s] to go quickly
high [s] way up

heroin narcotic
heroine feminine of hero

hew [s] to chop
hue [s] a color

hide animal skin
hied hurried

higher farther up
hire employ

him male pronoun
hymn religious song

ho greeting
hoe garden implement

hoar [s] a white frost
whore [s] a prostitute

hoard [s] a great stash
horde [s] a great many people
whored prostituted

hoarse rough voice
horse equine

hoes more than one garden weeding tool
hose tube for watering garden weeds

hold grip
holed full of holes or 'holed up'

hole round opening
whole entirety

holey perforated
holy sacred
wholly completely

hoop [ed][er][ing][s] circlular device
whoop [ed][er][ing][s] holler - "whoop it up"

hostel inexpensive lodging for travelers
hostile antagonistic

hour [s] sixty minutes
our [s] possessed by us

humerus funny bone
humorous funny


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idle [s] not working
idol [s] object of worship
idyl / idyll [s] poem

in [s] expressing inclusion
inn [s] hotel

inc short for incorporated
ink writing fluid

incite [s] to provoke
insight [s] understanding

innocence a state without guilt
innocents more than one innocent

it's contraction of "it is"
its possessive pronoun


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j or J [s] alphabet character
jay [s] bird

jam [s] to smash together
jamb [s] side post of a doorway

jewel [s] precious stone
joule [s] unit of measure in physics

juggler [s] one who juggles
jugular [s] artery to head (not an exact homophone)


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kayak [s] small boat
kyack [s] pack saddle pack

knap [s] crest of a hill; break with a hammer
nap [s] a short sleep

knave [s] boy
nave [s] main area of a church

knead [s][ed] working bread dough
kneed hit with a knee [as in a knee to the groin]
need [s][ed] must have

knee leg joint
nee birth surname

knicker [s] woman's underwear
nicker [s] thieves

knight [s] chivalrous man
night [s] opposite of day

knit [s] interlocking loops of yarn
nit [s] louse egg

knob [s] handle
nob [s] rich person

knock [s] to rap
nock [s] a notch in an arrow

knot fastening in cord
not negation

know to possess knowledge
no negation

knows "Only the shadow knows..."
no's multiple negatives, yesses and nos
nose "Plain as the nose on your face..."

knub [s] alt. for 'knob'
nub [s] lump


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lacks does not have
lax loose discipline

ladder climbing aid
latter occuring after or last

lade load on cargo
laid past tense of 'lay'

lain past tense of lay
lane narrow road

lair [s] animal's abode
layer [s] stratum

lam [s] headlong flight
lamb [s] baby sheep

lap [s] circumlocutions of running track
Lapp [s] person dwelling in Lappland
lapse failure to maintain

laser [s] acronym [laser beam]
lazar [s] leper

lay [s] to recline
lei [s] a flower necklace
laze to recline with extreme prejudice

lea a meadow
lee downwind
li about one-third of a mile in China

leach [es] washing action
leech [es] sucking parasite

lead heavy metal
led guided

leader [s] n. one who leads
liter [s] n. 1.06 quarts or 1000 cc

leaf plant part
lief beloved

leak [s] accidental escape of liquid
leek [s] variety of onion

lean [s] slant
lien [s] a claim on property

leas more than one meadow
lees the dregs

leased rented
least the minimum

leave [s] depart
leve [s] believe

lends allows to borrow
lens convex glass

lessen [s] diminish
lesson [s] learning segment

lesser [s] smaller of two
lessor [s] landlord

levee [s] river embankment
levy [ies] apply or charge to

liable legally bound
libel make damaging statements about

liar [s] tells falsehoods
lyre [s] stringed instrument

lichen [s] a fungus among us
liken [s] to compare

licker [s] one who licks
liquor [s] alcoholic beverage

lie [s] an untruth
lye sodium hydroxide

lieu instead of
loo toilet [British]

light illuminator
lite version with less of something; sodium, fat, etc.

lightening removing weight or darkness
lightning meteorological phenomenon

limb [s] tree branch
limn [s] delineate or illuminate

linch [es] terrace or cliff
lynch [es] illegally hang until dead

links parts of a chain
lynx feral cat

literal taking words in their primary sense
littoral having to do with the shore

lo interjection - "lo and behold"
low not high

load [s] cargo
lode [s] mineral vein
lowed sound cattle made

loan borrowed
lone by itself

loaner [s] temporary use
loner operates without others

loch [s] a lake
lock [s] a security device
lough alt. form of 'loch'
lox salmon

loon [s] a water fowl
lune [s] a crescent shape

loonie Canadian coin
loonie a nutty person
loony alt. form of loonie
luny alt. form of loonie

loop [s] a circular pattern or repeating cycle
loupe [s] a jeweler's monocular magnifier

loos several British toilets
lose fail to win

loot [s] steal
lute [s] stringed instrument

lumbar [s] lower back
lumber [s] 1 = dimensional wood, 2 = walks heavily


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ma [s] mother
ma's possessive form
maw [s] mouth

mach speed measurement
mock ridicule

made accomplished
maid servant

mail [s] sned by postal service
male [s] masculine person

main [s] primary
mane [s] back hair
Maine U.S. state

maize [s] corn
maze [s] labrynth

mall [s] hallway
maul [s] shred
moll [s] gangster's girlfriend

manner [s] method
manor [s] house

mantel [s] fireplace shelf or face
mantle [s] cloak

marc coarse brandy
mark [s] a sign
marque [s] a license to privateer; a brand, a signature

mare [s] horse
mayor [s] municipal officer

marlin [s] fish
marline [s] nautical term for specific rope

marquee sign
marquis a nobleman ranking between a duke and a count

marquees plural of "marquee"
marquise feminine form of 'marquis' sounds markeez

marshal military or law enforcement officer
martial pertaining to war

marten [s] weasel
martin [s] bird

Mary proper name
merry joyful

maser [s] acronym [maser beam]
mazer [s] goblet

massed grouped together
mast sail pole

mat floor covering
matte dull finish

me myself
mi musical note

mead [s] meadow & beverage
meed [s] reward

mean vicious
mien manner, character

meat [s] animal flesh
meet [s] encounter
mete [s] a boundary

medal [s] award
meddle [s] interfere
metal [s] substance: iron, lead, gold, etc
mettle stregnth & fortitude

meddler [s] interferer, busybody
medlar [s] loquat tree

mends repairs
men's pertaining to mal gender

mewl [s] whimper
mule [s] offspring of female horse and male donkey

mews stables
muse creative inspiration

mho [s] reciprocal of 'ohm' electrical measure
moe [s] make a wry face
mow [s] cut grass

micks contemptuous slang for Irishman
mix combine

middie / middy midhsipman or his blouse
midi acronym for a digital sound file format

might strength
mite tiny creature

milch [s] cow kept for producing milk
milk [s] mammary effluent

mill [s] factory
mil [s] one one thousandths

millenary pertaining to millenium or thousands
millinery headgear, hats

mince chop finely
mints aromatic candies

mind mental aspect of being
mined extracted from the Earth

miner [s] one who digs
minor [s] below age of majority
mynah [s] species of bird

minks fur bearing animals
minx pert & saucy girl

missal [s] liturgical guidebook
missile [s] projectile

missed not hit
mist water vapor

misses young ladies
mrs. married lady

moan sound
mown cut by mower

moat [s] water around a castle
mote [s] a speck

mode manner
mowed cut by mower

model one who displays garments
mottle mark with blotches

moire [s] optical illusion
moray [s] eel
more [s] folkway, social convention or rule [sound = moray]

mold [s] fungi
mould [s] forms for making replicas

molding [s] making from a mold, shaping
moulding [s] decorative wood trim

moo sound cattle make
mu name of Greek letter

mood emotional state
mooed past tense of moo

moor swampy coastland
more additional

moose large member of deer family
mousse dessert of whipped cream and eggs

moral [s] a social imperative
morel [s] a mushroom

morn [ing] alt. of morning
mourn [ing] remember the dead

mudder
mutter v: speak against in low voice; complain about

muscle [s] fibrous, contracting tissue
mussel [s] a bivalve mollusc

mussed made messy
must required
musth sexual frenzy in male animals, notably elephants

mustard spicy yellow sauce
mustered assembled for roll call


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naval pertaining to ships and the sea
navel pertaining to the belly button

nay [s] no
neigh [s] a horse's cry

neap [s] the lowest tide
neep [s] a turnip

nickel metal
nickle five cent U.S. coin

nigh close or near to
nye flock of pheasants

none not any; zero
nun woman in religious order


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o or O alphabet character
oh [s] exclamation
owe [s] liable for

oar [s] boat propulsion system
o'er contraction for 'over'
or color gold in heraldry
ore [s] mineral-laden dirt

od theoretical force
odd unusual

ode poem
owed past tense of 'owe'

one singularity
won victorious

oohs as in "oohs and ahs"
ooze slime

ordinance a decree
ordnance artillery

overdo carried to excess
overdue past time for payment


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p or P [s] alphabet character
pea [s] vegetable
pee [s] urinate

pac [s] acronym for political action committee
pack [s] fill suitcase, camping carryall

pa [s] colloquial for father
pa's possessive form of 'pa'
paw [s] foot on various animals

paced measured by footsteps
paste thick glue

packed placed in a container
pact agreement

pacts plural of pact
pax peace

pail [s] bucket
pale [s] light colored

pain [s] it hurts
pane [s] a single panel of glass

pair [ed][s] a set of two
pare [d][s] reduce
pear [s] fruit

pairing [s] making into pairs; joining
paring [s] peeling

palate [s] roof of mouth
palette [s] a selection of paints; artists tool
pallet [s] a platform for transporting goods; bed

pall [s] to become wearisome
pawl [s] locks a ratchet

passed approved; moved on
past before now

patience being willing to wait
patients physician's clients

pause hesitate
paws plural of 'paw'

peace freedom from strife
piece part or fragment

peak [ed] [s] mountain top
peek [ed] [s] secret look
pique [d] [s] ruffled pride

peaking participle of verb "peak"
peeking participle of verb "peek"
piquing participle of verb "pique"

peal [ed][ing][s] ringing bell
peel [ed][ing][s] remove skin from fruit or vegetable

pearl [s] round, luminescent gem from an oyster
purl [s] to edge with a chain of small loops; knitting term

pedal [s] foot powered locomotion
peddle [s] sell
petal [s] flower part

pedaler one who pedals
peddler one who sells or peddles

pedaling participal of verb "pedal"
peddling participal of verb "peddle"

peer [s] an equal
pier [s] wharf

pencil writing implement
pensile suspended

penitence repentance
penitents repenters

per for each
purr endearing cat hum

pi 3.1416
pie good eating

pial pertaining to pia - whatever that is
pile heap

pica [s] a size of type
pika [s] small rodent

picnic [s] outdoor meal
pyknic [s] physiological type with thick neck and short limbs

picks tools
Picts ancient tribe in Scotland
pix or pyx coin validity test, container therefor

pidgin language variant or imitation "Pidgin English"
pigeon bird of dove family

pieced assembled from pieces
piste a ski run of compacted snow

pincher [s] one who pinches
pinscher [s] breed of dog

pistil [s] seed-bearing organ of a flower
pistol [s] hand gun

place [s] a location
plaice [s] a flounder

plack [s] coin
plaque [s] wall ornament or award

plain [s] grassland
plane [s] tool

plait [s] braid
plat [s] property map

planar flat
planer one who planes

plantar pertaining to the foot
planter one who plants or plant holder

pleas cries for help
please good manners

pleural related to lungs
plural more than one

plum purple fruit
plumb at 90 degrees to earth

pocks disease caused pustules
pox evil wish or disease

poker card game
polka a dance

polar relating to the North or South poles
poler one who uses a pole

pole [s] big stick
poll [s] survey or voting place

poled past tense verb 'pole'
polled past tense verb 'poll'

pone the dealer's opponent in two-handed card games
pony a small equine

poor without funds
pore [s] gaze intently
pour [s] to flow freely

popery religion of old Roman Catholic church
potpourri a miscellaneous collection

populace inhabitants
populous full of people
Populus tree genus of "poplar"

praise commend
prays petitions God
preys hunts

pray petition God
prey hunt

precedence priority
precedents established course of action
presidents commanders-in-chief

presence the state of being present
presents gifts

pride ego
pried opened

pries wedge open
prise lever
prize reward

prince son of a king
prints impressions

principal [s] head of school
principle [s] causative force

prior [s] earlier or history
pryor [s] abbot

profit [s] money earned
prophet [s] seer

pros multiple experts
prose ordinary language

Psalter [s] Bible book of Psalms
salter [s] dispenser for salt

psi twenty-third letter of Greek alphabet
sigh sad and weary breath

pupal development stage in insects
pupil student

puttee [s] Hindu wrapping
puttie [s] var. of puttee
putty [ies] clay like material


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quarts plural of quart
quartz crystaline mineral

quean [s] immoral woman
queen [s] wife of a king

quince small, round fruit
quints colloquial for quintuplets


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r or R alphabet character
ar before
are plural of 'is'

rabbet [s] a groove cut in a board
rabbit [s] small mammal

rack [s] [ed] shelf, or verb put on rack
wrack [s] [ed] wreckage

racket [s] illegal moneymaking scheme
racquet [s] woven bat for tennis

radical [s] extreme, extremists
radicle [s] nerve component

rail [s] bar or track
rale [s] sound of stertorous breathing

rain [ed][ing][s] precipitation
reign [ed][ing][s] sovereign rule
rein [ed][ing][s] equestrian tack

raise [d]][r][rs][s] elevate
rays particle beams
raze [d][r][rs][s] to tear down completely

raiser [s] one who lifts, raises
razor [s] shaving tool

raising [s] lifting
razing [s] removing

rancor ill will
ranker one who determines rank or who ranks

rap [ped][per][s] a sharp knock
wrap [ped][per][s] to encase in cloth or paper

rapped knocked
rapt spellbound
wrapped encased in cloth or paper

rapping [s] participle of verb "rap"
wrapping [s] participle of verb "wrap"

rappel [s][led][ling] v. desend by rope
repel [s][led][ling] v. cause to go away

ray arrow of light
re musical note

read past tense verb 'read'
red a primary color

read [s][ing] to get the meaning by looking
rede advice
reed [s][ing] tall, thin water plant

real authentic
reel armature for winding

recede [d][s] to move backward
reseed [ed][s] to plant again

receding participle of verb "recede"
reseeding participle of verb "reseed"

receipt [ed][ing][s] evidence of payment
reseat [ed][ing][s] seat again

reck [s] to care
wreck [s] a ruin

reek [ed][ing][s] smells bad
wreak [ed][ing][s] to inflict

reference directing attention to
referents objects referred to

rends tears or pulls apart
wrens type of bird

rep reputation
rep[s] n. repetition as in exercising
rep[s] n. representative
rep[s] v. repeat
repp n. type of fabric

repp
rends tears or pulls apart
wrens type of bird


residence home
residents occupants

resinate [d][s] to impregnate with resin
resonate [d][s] sympathetic vibration

resinating participle of verb "resinate"
resonating participle of verb "resonate"

resister [s] non-submitters
resistor [s] electrical current restrictors

rest [ed][ing][s] stop working
wrest [ed][ing][s] take away

retch [ed][es] vomit
wretch [ed][es] ragamuffin

review [s] a general survey or assessment
revue [s] a series of theatrical sketches or songs

rex king
wrecks results of wreckage

rheum watery discharge of mucous
room partitioned space

rheumy having a watery discharge of mucous
roomie colloquialism for "roommate"
roomy spacious

rho [s] seventeenth letter of Greek alphabet
roe [s] fish eggs
row [s] pull an oar

rhumb a constant compass direction
rum liquor distilled from sugar cane

rhyme [d] [s] a verse with regular recurrence of sounds
rime [d] [s] frost

rhyming participle of verb "rhyme"
riming participle of verb "rime"

rigger one who rigs
rigor harshness, severity

right [s] opp. wrong, endowed with inalieable rights
rite [s] ritual
wright [s] a maker
write [s] to inscribe

righting [s] putting aright
wrighting making
writing [s] inscribing

ring [ed] [er/s][ing/s][s] circle or bell sound
wring [ed] [er/s][ing/s][s] twist or squeeze

rise to stand up
ryes varieties of grain

road a broad trail
rode past tense of ride
rowed to propel a boat by oars

roam to wander
Rome Italian capital

roc [s] mythical giant bird of prey
rock [s] stones

roil [s] to make turbid
royal [s] worthy of a king or queen

role [s] part to play
roll [s] rotate

rood a cross
rude coarse
rued regretted

roomer [s] lodger
rumor [s] gossip

root [s] subterranean part of a plant
route [s] path of travel

rose pretty flower
rows linear arrangement

rote by memory
wrote has written

rough [s] coarse
ruff [s] pleated collar

rouse awaken from somnolenet state
rows arguments or quarrels

rout [s] to force out
route [s] path of travel

roux cooked butter and flour
rue regret

rues regrets
ruse pretense

rung step on a ladder
wrung past tense verb 'wring'

rye grain
wry twisted


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sac [s] cyst
sack [s] bag

sachet [s] a small bag containing perfumed powder
sashay [s] to strut or flounce

sacs cyst
sacks bag
sax saxophone

sail [s] wind powered water travel
sale [s] the act of selling

sane [r] mentally normal
seine [r] fishing net

satyr mythological beast
seder Passover meal

saver [s] one who saves
savor [s] to relish a taste

skat go away quickly
skat type of card game

scene visual location
seen past tense of saw

scull [s] rowing motion or boat
skull [s] head bone

seal [ed][er][ing] [s] 1 = aquatic mammal; 2 = encapsulate
seel [ed][er][ing] [s] to close someone's eyes

seam [ed][ing][s] row of stitches
seem [ed][ing][s] appears

seaman sailor
seamen plural of 'seaman'
semen male procreative component

season [s] time of year, climatic conditions
seisin [s] possession of freehold estate
seizin [s] variant sp. "seisin"

sects religious factions
sex if you have to ask, you're too young

seek [s] to look for
Sikh [s] Hindu religious sect

serf [s] slave
surf ['s] breaking waves; "surf's up"

serge [d][r][s] strong twilled fabric or application process
surge [d][r][s] forceful push

serging participle of verb "serge"
surging participle of verb "surge"

sew [s] needle and thread
so ['s] 1 = musical note; 2 = contract of "so is"
sow [s] broadcast seeds

sewer [s] one who sews
sower [s] one who sows

sewing participle of verb "sew"
sowing participle of verb "sow"

sewer [s] waste drain
suer [s] one who sues

sewn past participle tense 'sew'
sone unit of sound measurement
sown past participle tense 'sow'

shake [s] vibrate
sheik [s] Arab prince

shear [s] to cut or wrench
sheer [s] thin; abrupt turn

shier [s] skittish horse
shire [s] county in Britain
shyer comparative form of 'shy'

shoe [ing][s] footwear
shoo [ing][s] send away

shone pt v. shine
shown pt v. show

sic to set upon
sick ill

sics plural of sic
six number

side lateral
sighed breathed sorrowfully

sighs plural of 'sigh'
size magnitude

sign [s] displayed board bearing information
sine [s] reciprocal of the cosecant

sink [ing][s] to submerge
synch or sync [ing][s] together in time [abbrev. synchronize]

slay [ing] [s] kill
sleigh [ing] [s] snow carriage or riding one

sleight [s] cunning skill
slight [s] not much

slew past tense of slay
slough bog
slue swing around

sloe [s] blackthorn berries
slow [s] not fast

soar [s] fly
sore [s] hurt

soared to have sailed through the air
sword long fighting blade

solace comfort
soulless lacking a soul

sold exchanged for money
soled having sole plate like a shoe

sole [s] shoe bottom, fish species
soul [s] immortal aspect of a person

some a few
sum result of addition

son [s] male child
sun [s] star

sonny diminutive for male child
sunny lit by the sun

sou [s] French coin worth five centimes
sough sighing sound
sue [s] bring civil action

sordid squalid
sorted arranged

spade shovel
spayed to sterilize a female animal

spec [s] n. specification - usually in plans or equipment
speck [s] n. small piece or spot

spoor [s] trail of an animal
spore [s] single cell reproductive body

staff personnel roster
staph bacterium

staid reserved
stayed remained

stair [s] a step
stare [s] look intently

stake [s] wooden pole
steak [s] slice of meat

statice an astringent herb
status position with regard to law

stationary not moving
stationery writing paper

steal [s] take unlawfully
steel [s] iron alloy

step [s] a measure taken
steppe [s] a level, grassy, unforested plain

stile narrow passage
style mode

stoop [s] a small porch
stoup [s] a drinking cup
stupe [s] 1-medicated compress, 2-stupid person

storey a horizontal division of a building
story a narrative tale

storeyed adj. has multiple storeys
storied adj. famed, well known

storeys the horizontal divisions of a building
stories n. narratives

straight [s] not crooked or poker hand
strait [s] narrow waterway

succor [ed][ing][s] relief
sucker [ed][ing][s] one who sucks or gullible victim

suede split leather
swayed curved; convinced

suite [s] ensemble
sweet [s] sugary

suit [s] garment
suite [s] ensemble

summary precis
summery like summer

sundae [s] ice cream with syrup on it
Sunday [s] first day of the week


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t or T [s] alphabet character
tea [s] beverage
tee [s] 1 = used in golf, 2 = intersection
ti musical note

tach [s] short for tachometer
tack [s] small nail
tax governmental tithe

tacked attached with tacks
tact diplomacy

tail [s] spinal appendage
tale [s] story

tailer [s] one who hauls in on a ship's line
tailor [s] one who makes clothes

taper [s] wedge-shaped
tapir [s] hoglike, Malaysian mammal

tare [s] allowance for the weight of packing materials
tear [s] rip

taught past tense of teach
taut stretched tight

teal color; type of waterfowl
teel sesame

team [s][ed][ing] a group working together
teem [s][ed][ing] swarm or overflow with

tear [s][ed] eyeball lubricant
tier [s][ed] a horizontal row

teas plural of tea
tease tantalize
tees T shapes, golf tees

tenner [s] slang for a ten pound note
tenor [s] singing voice

tense nervous
tents more than one temporary shelter

tern [s] a shorebird
terne alloy of lead and tin
turn [s] rotate

Thai [s] from Thailand
tie [s] a draw
tye nautical term

the common article
thee objective case of thou

their [s] belonging to them
there['s] a place; contraction of "there is"
they're contraction of "they are"

therefor in place for
therefore because

threw past tense of throw
through from end to end

throe [s] a spasm of pain
throw [s] to discharge through the air

throne the royal seat
thrown was hurled

thyme herb
time natures way of keeping everything from happening at once

tic [s] twitch
tick [s] 1 = small noise; 2 = parasitic bug

tide periodic ebb and flow of oceans
tied passed tense of tie
(anagram pair)

tighten [s] to make tighter
titan [s] a giant

timber wood for building
timbre sound attribute
(anagram pair)

tire [s] round, rubber things on your car
tyer [s] one who ties

to toward
too also
Tu in chemistry, Thulium
two a couple

toad frog
toed having toes
towed pulled

tocsin [s] an alarm
toxin [s] a poison

toe [s] forepart of the foot
tow [s] pull

toke [s] small piece of dry bread
toque [s] small hat for women

told what was spoken
tolled a bell was rung

tole [s] lacquered metalware
toll [s] 1 = ring bell; 2 =a tax or charge

ton [s] 2000 lbs.
tonne [s] variant sp. 'ton'
tun [s] a large cask

tongue mouth muscle
tung tree and its oil (similar to linseed)

tool [s] implement
tule [s] bullrush plant variety
tulle fabric type

toon [s] cartoon
tune [s] song or melody

tor tower
tore past tense verb "tear"

tort [s] legal term
torte [s] cake

tough difficult
tuff a stratified, porous rock

tracked followed
tract a plot of land

trade exchange
trayed placed on a tray or trays

tray [s] platter
trey [s] three in playing cards

troop [s] a company of soldiers
troupe [s] a company of actors

trooper [s] soldier or highway patrolman
trouper [s] troupe member

trussed bound or tied
trust confidence

tucks inserts
tux tuxedo

tuft bunch of hairs
toughed endured

turban head dress
turbine engine


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udder [s] bovine mammalia
utter [s] speak or say

undo reverse action
undue not due

use v. employ
youse n. collq. pronoun for plural 'you' - 'youse guys'


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vain egostistical
vane [s] flat piece moving with the air
vein [s] blood vessel

vail [s] profit
vale [s] valley
veil [s] gauzy fabric face covering

valance [s] window treatment
valence [s] term in chemistry

valiance bravery
valiants brave & strong persons

variance exception
variants diverse members

veracious truthful
voracious hungry

vet veterinarian, veteran
vette investigate background, Chevrolet Corvette

vial [s] narrow glass container
vile despicable
viol [s] stringed instrument

vice [s] immoral act
vise [s] bench-mounted clamp

villain [s] evildoer
villan [s] variant sp. "villain"
villein [s] serf or peasant

virtu love of art
virtue moral goodness

viscous thick, syrupy
viscose variant sp. "viscous"
viscus singular of "viscera" [rare]


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WAC [s] members of the Women's Army Corps
wax candle stuff
whack [s] hit

wade walk in shallow water
weighed weight was measured

wail [s] cry
wale [s] welt; corduroy ridge
whale [s] large oceanic mammal

wain [s] wagon or worker [like smith]
wane [s] decrease

waist [s] between ribs and hips
waste [s] make ill use of

wait [ed][ing][s] remain in readiness
weight [ed][ing][s] 1 = measure; 2 = exercise device

waive [d][r][s] give up rights
wave [d][r][s] undulating motion

waiving participle of waive
waving participle of wave

ward hospital room
warred past tense verb 'war'

ware [s] merchandise
wear [s] attire
(anagram pair)
where a place

warrantee one who is protected by a guarantee
warranty a guarantee

way [s] path or direction
weigh [s] to measure weight
whey watery part of milk

we us
wee small
whee expression of delight

weak not strong
week seven day period

weakly adjverb form of 'weak'
weekly adjverb form of 'week'

weal welfare
wheal [s] skin welt
wheel [s] disk for rolling
we'll contraction for 'we will'

weald a rural area
wheeled having wheels
wield to apply or use, brandish

wean [s][ed][ing] withdraw from habit
ween [s][ed][ing] imagine or expect

weather meteorological conditions
wether a castrated ram
whether if it be the case

weave to make cloth
we've contraction of "we have"

we'd contraction of "we would" or "we had"
weed undesirable plant

weld to join metal by melting its edges
welled rose up - overflowed

wen a benign skin tumor
when at a specific time

we're contraction of "we are"
weir a low dam, or a fence in a river for catching fish

were past tense plural of "to be"
whir prolonged swish or buzz

wet [ting][ted][s] watery
whet [ting][ted][s] prime

which selection
witch broomstick ridin' crones

whig [s] supporter of American independence in 1700's
wig [s] false hairpiece

while [s] during
wile [s] cunning

whiled passed the time
wild untamed

whin [s] evergreen shrub
win [s] be victorious

whine [d][s] annoying cry
wine [d][s] alcoholic beverage
wind turn

whirl [ed][s] spin
whorl [ed][s] flywheel
world planet Earth

whirred made a whizzing or buzzing sound
word language part

whist card game
wist past tense & participle of 'wit' [to know]

whit [s] insignificant amount
wit [s] cleverness; sense of humor

white [s] color
wight [s] supernatural being
wite blame

whither to which place, point, condition
wither shrivel up

whiz v. move rapidly past - "whiz on by"
whizz [ed][er][es][ing] v. variation of whiz
whizz [ed][er][es][ing] v. slang: urinate - "take a whizz"
wiz n. from wizard = exceptionally adroit - "he's a wiz at math"

whoa equestrian directive to stop
wo alt. form of 'whoa'
woe despair

whop [s] beat or hit, thrash
wop [s] perjorative for person of Italian ancestry

who's contraction of "who is"
whose belonging to whom

why [s] reason for
wise sagacious or knowing
wye [s] interersection or shape
y or Y [s] aplabet character

won't contraction of "will not"
wont accustomed or inclined toward

wood material from tree trunks
would express a condition

worst superlative of 'bad'
wurst sausage


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y'all colloquial contraction for "you all"
yawl sailboat

yoke [s] harness
yolk [s] center part of egg

you'll pron. contraction of "you will"
yule n. Christmas season

your pron. posessive form of "you"
yore prep. before


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