feal, feel

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

The answer is simple: feal, feel are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    (of things) Cosy; clean; neat.

  2. :: adjective

    (of persons) Comfortable; cosy; safe.

  3. :: adjective

    Smooth; soft; downy; velvety.

  4. :: adverb

    In a feal manner.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To perceive through the sense of touch: feel the velvety smoothness of a peach.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To perceive as a physical sensation: feel a sharp pain; feel the cold.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To touch.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To examine by touching. See Synonyms at touch.

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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").