Homonyms Quiz #2

We give you a pair of definitions. You guess the homonym.
Homonyms are words that have the same spelling and pronunciation, but different meanings.
Includes both true and polysemous homonyms
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Last updated: August 31, 2015
First submittedNovember 29, 2011
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Meaning #1
Meaning #2
Answer
Leader
Unit of lettuce
Head
Spy
Tunnel-digging animal
Mole
Type of fruit
Romantic meeting
Date
Certain cattle
To maneuver a vehicle
Steer
Runner's starting point
Con man's target
Mark
Cooling device
Sports enthusiast
Fan
Seller of stolen goods
To fight with swords
Fence
Frosting
Hockey violation
Icing
To fire
To plunder
Sack
To long for
Type of tree
Pine
Meaning #1
Meaning #2
Answer
Average
Unkind
Mean
Piece of land
To conspire
Plot
Place for art
Theater seating area
Gallery
To mimic
Large primate
Ape
Type of bird
Coward
Chicken
Unit of time
Duelist's assistant
Second
Spinning toy
Best
Top
Papal edict
Optimistic investor
Bull
Expensive
Opening to a letter
Dear
Golf area
Inexperienced
Green
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Level 65
Nov 29, 2011
Dear and expensive? I didn't know "dear" could be used that way.
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Level 84
Aug 16, 2014
Same. Only one I hadn't heard before.
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Level 73
Aug 16, 2014
Never heard that term before either.
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Level 71
Dec 11, 2016
I've only seen "It cost me dearly..."
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Level 58
Aug 16, 2014
That would be the most common way of saying expensive in Australia, and I imagine it is the same in Britain?
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Level 46
Aug 18, 2014
I'm in the UK and I use 'dear' quite a lot meaning expensive.
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Level 33
Jan 18, 2015
I'm American, but I know it since I read tons of historical novels XD
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Level 67
Nov 27, 2016
Easiest question.
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Level 62
Jan 13, 2017
I understand it's originally a Scottish word.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2019
No it comes from old english and before that a predecessor to the germanic languages. Dutch has duur and german has teuer both meaning expensive.

in the english language it has evolved from from something valuable (to you) to someone that you care for (so still has a high value to you) in some places like american english this new meaning has allmost entirely replaced the old meaning. In other places both are used. (I do believe it is used a lot in scotland the people i ve seen allways say dear instead of expensive)

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Level 37
Sep 11, 2019
@Sifhraven, you'd probably have more luck in life if you started informative sentences without the word 'No'.
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Level 77
Feb 18, 2015
I had no problem with that one, although I do watch a lot of BBC shows and read Regency romance novels. Same with sack - knew it immediately.
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Level 63
May 28, 2016
My nana says it. I think it's British. In French it's the same word as well "cher/e".
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Level 45
Nov 27, 2016
I think it's more of a British thing. There's a line in the Beatles' song that goes "Every summer we can rent a cottage on the

Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear."

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Level 43
Jul 22, 2018
I've heard the word dear used before to express how expensive a cost is. "It was quite a dear a price to pay" etc. Maybe not as common in the u.s. , however the Hungarian word for both dear and expensive are the same word. Which by the way is Draga.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2019
I actually dont think we have a word for dear in dutch that fits the same spot (not the expensive one, that is duur, where dear originated from /shares origins with).

It would be sweet (lieve) in dear Chris. And someone is dear to me, i guess would become someone is important (belangrijk) to me or means a lot to me (betekend veel voor me) or I care (a lot) for (geef (veel) om)

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Level 64
Jun 2, 2021
Like emwcee said, many of us here in the U.S. first heard the word used this way in the Beatles' song "When I'm 64":

"Every summer we can rent a cottage/In the Isle of Wight if it's not too dear."

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Level 61
Jun 2, 2021
Venison's dear isn't it?
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Level 33
Nov 29, 2011
Why was this one tough for me?
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Level 29
Nov 29, 2011
I sympathise with Ithabise...
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Level 44
Dec 8, 2011
I say "dear" to mean expensive all the time, that's just what I say... I didn't realise it was odd until some friends pointed out to me that nobody else said it and they only knew what I meant because they were used to me...
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Level 71
Nov 1, 2016
Dear is the common word for expensive in Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand at least (I don't know about Canada)
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Level 44
Nov 29, 2016
Not in South Africa. Perhaps you're thinking of the Afrikaans word "duur" which means expensive but not dear. I've never heard dear used in English to mean expensive in this part of the world.
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Level 56
Apr 13, 2017
it'scommonly used in Canada as well
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Level 22
Nov 24, 2013
What fun!!
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Level 50
Jun 21, 2014
What fun!!!
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Level 68
Jul 20, 2014
What fun?
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Level 50
Jul 31, 2014
No, noodles, you're supposed to say 'What fun!!!!', adding another exclamation point every time.
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Level 84
Aug 16, 2014
What, fun?
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Level 50
Aug 16, 2014
Humph.
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Level 61
Feb 10, 2022
What fun !?!? (Aping)
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Level 43
Aug 1, 2014
HOW COULD I NOT GET CHICKEN?! -.-
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Level 44
Aug 16, 2014
Don't feel bad, that was one of the last ones I got. I think we were both looking for something more obscure.
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Level 87
Jul 15, 2018
It's just a metaphor of the same word, not two words that are spelled the same coincidentally through separate origins.
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Level 61
Aug 18, 2014
Should it really considered a homonym when one usage of a word is metaphorical and directly based on the other usage? For example, to "ape" someone means they are acting like an ape in copying them. That's like saying "killed" is a homonym based on "We killed in basketball last night" and "He killed the clerk in cold blood."
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Level 55
Jul 21, 2015
And that's what polysemous homonyms are. Look at the instructions.
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Level 67
Apr 3, 2019
Maybe they should add a synonym for polysemous.
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Level 87
Feb 16, 2020
A synonym for polysemous would be cop out answer.
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2014
I am not getting why "to fire" = sack? - The rest are all known to me.
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Level 78
Jan 6, 2015
That is more common usage in the UK
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Level 81
Oct 23, 2015
Thanks. Right now I don't get why I ever didn't get that? :D
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Level 65
Nov 18, 2016
I remember it from reading Harry Potter years ago.
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Level 68
Nov 27, 2016
Just think of Trump and 'You're fired'. His 'apprentices' are being sacked
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Level 90
Feb 14, 2019
...apart from the fact that they don't work for him yet, so they can't be fired.
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Level 67
Jun 3, 2021
Every reality show has very calculated editing, but apparently producers of The Apprentice frequently had to completely reverse engineer story lines to be more congruent with DJT's capricious and often totally baseless boardroom decisions about who to fire.
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Level 43
Sep 4, 2015
i thought it was a good quiz! Thanks.
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Level 42
Oct 13, 2016
Never heard of the usages of Dear or Sack. But then again. I'm only 11 so I haven't had to much life experience.
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Level 71
Nov 1, 2016
Looks like you have plenty of money and no job.
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Level 37
Nov 27, 2016
Instead of "Expensive" for "Dear" something like "Valuable" would make more sense.
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Level 52
Nov 27, 2016
I've worked in the theatre for almost 40 years. Never heard any part of it referred to as "gallery". Maybe a British term?
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Level 72
May 23, 2018
Yeah, that one seemed like a stretch to me but I eventually got that one by focusing on the art part. I was typing in things like wall and mezzanine and balcony and whatever else I could think of, I mean you can kind of put art anywhere depending on what it is.

The hardest one for me was plunder/fire. Here in America, "sack" is very rarely used to describe anything other then, say, a successful medieval siege. I have heard it in English (UK) language before but took a long time for my brain to find that association.

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Level 87
Jan 19, 2020
I'm surprised there aren't more comments from the peanut gallery.
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Level 80
Nov 29, 2016
I've never heard of "fence" being used to describe the seller, but rather the verb. "He fenced that car stereo to earn the money" no one would say " He went to seen the fence about the stolen car stereo"
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Level 69
Mar 2, 2018
In the UK they would.
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Level 72
Apr 5, 2018
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Level 87
Jan 19, 2020
Correct, nobody would use seen in the infinitive.
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Level 50
Jun 8, 2017
Okay, a little British revenge for all those Americentric quizzes.
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Level 51
Dec 31, 2019
Legitimately got 3/20. I’m awful with this
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Level 43
Jan 19, 2020
I put cabbage for the first one. I mean... I'm just not with it today.
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Level 76
Feb 19, 2021
Who else tried 'ostrich' for type of bird and coward?
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Level 61
Jun 2, 2021
Icing is not a violation! Different penalties such as slashing and hooking are violations.
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Level 53
Jun 2, 2021
For "Leader and Unit of Lettuce", I instantly thought of Saladin.
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Level 77
Jun 2, 2021
I thought of Caesar but yours is better.
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Level 53
Jun 3, 2021
you can measure lettuce with rulers
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Level 59
Jun 4, 2021
I got bull when guessing cattle
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Level 58
Jun 5, 2021
Can one of the definitions for 'fence' be: "A dividing structure between plots of land"?

I've never heard of the first definition used.

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Level 64
Oct 9, 2021
I was sure "coward" was a type of bird too, turns out I was thinking of cowbird, which lays its eggs in others' nests like a cuckoo. I don't think these etymologies are spurious.