foreward, forward, foreword

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

The answer is simple: foreward, forward, foreword are homophones of the English language.

foreward
  1. :: noun

    An advance group; the vanguard.

  2. :: adverb

    Common misspelling of forward.

foreword
  1. :: noun

    A preface or an introductory note, as for a book, especially by a person other than the author.

forward
  1. :: verb-transitive

    To help advance; promote. See Synonyms at advance.

  2. :: adjective

    At, near, or belonging to the front or forepart; fore: the forward section of the aircraft.

  3. :: adjective

    Located ahead or in advance: kept her eye on the forward horizon.

  4. :: adjective

    Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front: a forward plunge down a flight of stairs.

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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").