rouse, rows

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

The answer is simple: rouse, rows are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To arouse from slumber, apathy, or depression.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To excite, as to anger or action; stir up. See Synonyms at provoke.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To awaken.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To become active.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of row.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of row.

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").