shoed, shooed

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

The answer is simple: shoed, shooed are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of shoe.

  1. :: interjection

    Used to frighten away animals or birds.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To drive or frighten away by or as if by crying "shoo.”

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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").