shire, shyer

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

The answer is simple: shire, shyer are homophones of the English language.

shire
  1. :: noun

    a former administrative district of England; equivalent to a county

  2. :: noun

    British breed of large heavy draft horse

  3. :: noun

    A <xref>shire horse</xref>

  4. :: noun

    A <xref>rural</xref> or outer <xref>suburban</xref> local government area of <xref>Australia</xref>.

shyer
  1. :: adjective

    <xref>comparative</xref> form of <xref>shy</xref>: more <xref>shy</xref>

  2. :: noun

    A thrower; in <em>cricket</em>, one who, in the guise of bowling, throws the ball.

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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").