subtler, sutler

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

The answer is simple: subtler, sutler are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    comparative form of subtle: more subtle More subtle.

  1. :: noun

    An army camp follower who peddled provisions to the soldiers.

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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").