talkie, talky

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

The answer is simple: talkie, talky are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Informal A movie with a sound track.

  1. :: adjective

    Talkative; loquacious.

  2. :: adjective

    Containing or given to too much talk: a talky, boring play.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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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").