homonyms meaning – what is a homonym?

So, what exactly are homonyms? You may have heard the word on your English language learning journey but are quite not sure what it is. This page will teach you all about them including a list of the most common ones with examples. Are you ready? Then let’s begin…

Homonyms are words which have the same pronunciation but different meanings. Just so were clear, they sound the same. EXACTLY the same. ‘Homo’ means the same. ‘nym’ means name = same name.

I’ll give you an example to begin with:

  • bat – a winged night mammal (n)
  • bat – an object to hit a ball with (n)
  • bat – your turn to hit the ball in a game (v)

As you can see, one word can have many different meanings. These words can be adverbs, adjectives, nouns, verbs and more. There are so many homonyms in English so read on to see a list of the most common ones.

homonyms meaning

homonyms examples

Let’s take a look at a few common examples with pictures so you get the idea.

homonym of bat
homonym of bear example
homonym of book example
homonym of court
homonym of right

You get the idea now, they are confusing, right? Learning English can be a right pain in the backside but learning about homonyms is a fantastic way to improve.

For those of you who really want to nail your pronunciation; homographs, homonyms and homophones are for you. Homonyms are the easiest ones to learn, so it’s best if you start with this page.

list with examples

Homonyms are very tricky for non-natives to learn and distinguish between. Have a crack at learning some of the most common ones. I’ve given you word, the 2 or more meanings and an example sentence. If you’re feeling really brave, try making up your own sentences.

Good luck!

homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonym list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonym list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonym list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonym list with meaning and examples
homonym list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonym list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples
homonyms list with meaning and examples

Here’s a PDF list you can download and read at your leisure..

If you enjoyed this page and found it easy, it’s time to increase the difficulty. Homographs and homophones are the next step for you. Click the links below to find out what they are and really test your pronunciation skills.