psi, scye, scythe, sie, sigh

The words psi, scye, scythe, sie, sigh sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do psi, scye, scythe, sie, sigh sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: psi, scye, scythe, sie, sigh are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: abbreviation

    pounds per square inch

  2. :: noun

    Parapsychological phenomena or abilities considered as a group.

  3. :: noun

    The 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

  1. :: noun

    an armhole (or, occasionally, a leghole) in tailoring and dressmaking

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To cut with or as if with a scythe.

  2. :: noun

    An implement consisting of a long, curved single-edged blade with a long bent handle, used for mowing or reaping.

  1. :: pronoun

    Gender-neutral (or multigendered) subject pronoun, grammatically equivalent to the gendered pronouns he and she, or singular they

  2. :: noun

    A drop.

  3. :: verb

    To strain, as milk; filter.

  4. :: verb

    To sift.

  1. :: noun

    The act or sound of sighing.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    Archaic To lament.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To express with or as if with an audible exhalation.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To feel longing or grief; yearn: sighing for their lost youth.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").