Awe, Or, Oar, and Ore

What are the differences between awe, or, oar, and ore?

Awe, Or, Oar, and Ore

Awe, or, oar, and ore sound identical, but their meanings are very different; i.e., they are not homonyms.


The noun awe means wonderment, astonishment, or dread. (The word awe can also be used as a verb.)



The conjunction or is used to offer an alternative or a replacement.



The noun oar is a tool used to move a boat through water.



The noun ore is used to describe a mineral from which metal can be extracted.


A Quick Test

Ways to Remember Awe and Oar

The word awe is the root of the word awesome.

The word oar has the same vowels as the word boat.

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