pries, prise, prize

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

The answer is simple: pries, prise, prize are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Third person singular present tense of pry1.

  2. :: noun

    Plural of pry1.

  3. :: verb

    Third person singular present tense of pry2.

  4. :: noun

    Plural of pry2.

  1. :: verb

    Variant of prize3.

  1. :: noun

    Something offered or won as an award for superiority or victory, as in a contest or competition.

  2. :: noun

    Something worth striving for; a highly desirable possession.

  3. :: adjective

    Offered or given as a prize: a prize cup.

  4. :: adjective

    Given a prize, or likely to win a prize: a prize cow.

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").