bolder, boulder

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

The answer is simple: bolder, boulder are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    comparative form of bold: more bold

  1. :: noun

    A large rounded mass of rock lying on the surface of the ground or embedded in the soil.

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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").