minks, minx

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

The answer is simple: minks, minx are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of mink.

  1. :: noun

    A girl or young woman who is considered pert, flirtatious, or impudent.

  2. :: noun

    Obsolete A promiscuous woman.

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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").