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? Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 11:56
  • I can't think of any. Neither can Wiktionary. en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Rhymes:English:-e%C9%AA
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 11:56
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    Ooh, ooh. How about meigh? The sound made by a genetic cross between a cow and a horse :-)
    – user45532
    Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 12:04
  • @paxdiablo +1 Well, may be.
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 6, 2013 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.

  • 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’. Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 20:13

Mais oui monsieur, my name is Mae.


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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