bowled, bold

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

The answer is simple: bowled, bold are homophones of the English language.

bold
  1. :: adjective

    Fearless and daring; courageous.

  2. :: adjective

    Requiring or exhibiting courage and bravery. See Synonyms at brave.

  3. :: adjective

    Unduly forward and brazen; impudent: a bold, sassy child.

  4. :: adjective

    Clear and distinct to the eye; conspicuous: a bold handwriting.

bowled
  1. :: adverb

    Describing the method of being dismissed in which the ball is bowled, and it hits and breaks the batsman's wicket.

  2. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of bowl.

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").