guise, guys

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

The answer is simple: guise, guys are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Outward appearance or aspect; semblance.

  2. :: noun

    False appearance; pretense: spoke to me under the guise of friendship.

  3. :: noun

    Mode of dress; garb: huddled on the street in the guise of beggars.

  4. :: noun

    Obsolete Custom; habit.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of guy.

  2. :: noun

    Persons, irrespective of their genders.

  3. :: noun

    A form of address for a group of male persons or a group of mixed male and female persons.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").