hoes, hose

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

The answer is simple: hoes, hose are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of hoe.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hoe.

  1. :: noun

    Stockings; socks. Used only in the plural.

  2. :: noun

    Close-fitting breeches or leggings reaching up to the hips and fastened to a doublet, formerly worn by men. Used only in the plural.

  3. :: noun

    Breeches reaching down to the knees. Used only in the plural.

  4. :: noun

    A flexible tube for conveying liquids or gases under pressure.

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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").