Homonyms-Words with Multiple Meanings


A homonym is a word that is pronounced and spelled the same way as another word but has a different meaning. “Right” and “right” is a good example of a pair of homonyms.

A: Have you seen the new chair? I need the chair now.
(a few minutes later)
B: Hello. I’m the new chair. I heard you wanted to speak to me. How can I help you?
A: I asked for the chair because I have someone in this office who needs to sit down.
B: I’m not that kind of chair.
A: I apologize for the misunderstanding. I didn’t mean the chair of the department, but it’s good that you want to introduce yourself.

A: What’s happened?
B: I have just broken a nail.
A: Don’t worry about it. There are plenty more nails in the toolbox.
B: No, no. I don’t mean that kind of nail. I mean a nail on my finger. I paid good money for this nail.

A: I’m going to fast. [Please pronounce ‘to fast’ just a bit as if saying ‘too fast’. Be sure ‘to’ is clear]
B: No, you aren’t.
A: What do you mean?
B: You were not going too fast.
A: I mean tomorrow. I won’t be eating tomorrow.
B: I get it now. You’ll be fasting, meaning you won’t be eating tomorrow.

A: Where’s the nearest bank?
B: It’s by the river.
A: hahahha. Very funny. I need to find the nearest bank to withdraw some money.
B: Oh. You don’t mean the riverbank, then? Hahahahahaha.

A: He said he’s going to give me a ring tonight.
B: A ring? He’s going to propose to you?
A: Are you kidding me? Propose to me? He’s going to give me a ring. He’s going to call me.