weiner, weaner

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

The answer is simple: weiner, weaner are homophones of the English language.

weaner
  1. :: noun

    An animal that has been recently weaned.

  2. :: noun

    A device used to help wean a young animal by keeping it from suckling.

weiner
  1. :: noun

    Common misspelling of wiener.

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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").