speel, spiel

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

The answer is simple: speel, spiel are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A splinter; a strip of wood or metal.

  2. :: noun

    A story; a spiel.

  3. :: verb

    To climb.

  4. :: verb

    To talk at length, to spiel.

  1. :: noun

    A lengthy or extravagant speech or argument usually intended to persuade.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To talk or say (something) at length or extravagantly.

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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").