teared, tiered

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

The answer is simple: teared, tiered are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of rear.

  1. :: noun

    A rank or class.

  2. :: noun

    One of a series of rows placed one above another: a stadium with four tiers of seats.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To arrange (something) into or rise in tiers: tier a wedding cake; balconies that tier upward.

  4. :: noun

    One that ties: a tier of knots.

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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").