ante, anti-, auntie, aunty

The words ante, anti-, auntie, aunty sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do ante, anti-, auntie, aunty sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: ante, anti-, auntie, aunty are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Games The stake that each poker player must put into the pool before receiving a hand or before receiving new cards. See Synonyms at bet.

  2. :: noun

    A price to be paid, especially as one's share; cost: "Whether they could actually turn back Soviet policy depended on many factors that Moscow might yet choose to test by upping the ante” ( Foreign Affairs).

  3. :: verb-transitive

    Games To put (one's stake) into the pool in poker.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To pay: Let's ante up the bill.

  1. :: prefix

    Opposite: antimere.

  2. :: prefix

    Opposing; against: antiapartheid.

  3. :: prefix

    Counteracting; neutralizing: antacid.

  4. :: prefix

    Destroying: antiaircraft.

  1. :: noun

    Informal Aunt.

  1. :: noun

    Alternative spelling of auntie.

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

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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").