grays, graze

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

The answer is simple: grays, graze are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of gray.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of gray.

  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To feed on growing grasses and herbage.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    Informal To eat a variety of appetizers as a full meal.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    Informal To eat snacks throughout the day in place of full meals.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To feed on (herbage) in a field or on pastureland.

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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").