a word with the same spelling as another or others, but with different meaning and pronunciation (Ex.: tear, a drop of water from the eye, and tear, to rip)
Origin of heteronymback-formation ; from heteronymous, modeled on synonym
One of two or more words that have identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations, such as row (a series of objects arranged in a line), pronounced (r&omacron;), and row (a fight), pronounced (rou).
Origin of heteronymBack-formation from heteronymous.
Coined around 1900, either from hetero- (“different”) + -onym (“name”) or from Ancient Greek ἑτερώνυμος (heterōnumos), or perhaps both.