gammon, gamin

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

The answer is simple: gammon, gamin are homophones of the English language.

gamin
  1. :: noun

    An often homeless boy who roams about the streets; an urchin.

gammon
  1. :: noun

    A victory in backgammon reached before the loser has succeeded in removing a single piece.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To defeat in backgammon by scoring a gammon.

  3. :: noun

    Misleading or nonsensical talk; humbug.

  4. :: noun

    See Shelta.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition 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").