oohs, ooze

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

The answer is simple: oohs, ooze are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of ooh.

  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To flow or leak out slowly, as through small openings.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    To disappear or ebb slowly: His courage oozed away.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To progress slowly but steadily: "Over grass bleached colorless by strong outback sun, the herd oozes forward” ( Geraldine Brooks).

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To exude moisture.

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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").