kayak, kyack

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

The answer is simple: kayak, kyack are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    An Inuit or Eskimo boat consisting of a light wooden frame covered with watertight skins except for a single or double opening in the center, and propelled by a double-bladed paddle.

  2. :: noun

    A lightweight canoe that is similar in design.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To go, travel, or race in a kayak.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To go or travel on (a body of water) by kayak: kayaked rapids of the Colorado River.

  1. :: noun

    A packsack that hangs on either side of a packsaddle.

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").