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What is the homophone of the word may? I can't find one real dictionary of homophones, nor is there an answer through Google.

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What is the problem you are trying to solve? Have you looked in a dictionary? – Matt E. Эллен Sep 5 '13 at 11:56
I can't think of any. Neither can Wiktionary. – RegDwigнt Sep 5 '13 at 11:56
Ooh, ooh. How about meigh? The sound made by a genetic cross between a cow and a horse :-) – paxdiablo Sep 5 '13 at 12:04
@paxdiablo +1 Well, may be. – Kris Sep 6 '13 at 6:41

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Since a homophone is defined as (my emphasis):

Each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, e.g., new and knew. (Oxford Dictionaries)

I guess that means that may ("allowed to"), May (the month), and Mae (the female name) are homophones.

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In some extreme dialects (Tori Amos-style warbling comes to mind), even ‘me’ could be a homophone, or at least a near-homophone, to ‘may’. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 5 '13 at 20:13

Mais oui monsieur, my name is Mae.

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Note that homophones are tricky. Since the definition relies on pronunciation, and that varies with dialect, words that are homophones in one part of the English-speaking world may not be in others. Sometimes even in nearby places.

For example, where I live cot and caught are homophones. Even that statement is a bit extreme, as I had some friends growing up who said them differently, but I do not. I live on one of the "in transition" dots on the map at the given link. Likewise, pen and pin are essentially homophones when I say them, but not when my wife does.

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