The words rye, wry sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do rye, wry sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: rye, wry are homophones of the English language.
A cereal grass (Secale cereale) widely cultivated for its grain.
The grain of this plant, used in making flour and whiskey and for livestock feed.
Whiskey made from the grains of this plant.
A Gypsy man.
Abnormally twisted or bent to one side; crooked: a wry nose.
Dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony.
Temporarily twisted in an expression of distaste or displeasure: made a wry face.
Being at variance with what is right, proper, or suitable; perverse.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.