freak, freq

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

The answer is simple: freak, freq are homophones of the English language.

freak
  1. :: noun

    a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

  2. :: noun

    someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction

  3. :: verb

    lose one's nerve

  4. :: adjective

    <xref>strange</xref>, <xref>weird</xref>

freq
  1. :: noun

    An abbreviation of <em>frequent.</em>

  2. ::

    An abbreviation of <internalXref urlencoded="frequentative">frequentative</internalXref>.

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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").