holey vs porous what difference

what is difference between holey and porous

English

Etymology

From Middle English holy, holihollyholli (holey, spongy, hollow); equivalent to hole +‎ -y. The e was inserted in Modern English to distinguish the word from holy (hallowed, sacred).

Pronunciation

  • (UK, wholly-holy split) IPA(key): /ˈhəʊl.li/, [ˈhɒʊli], [ˈhɒʊɫ.li]
  • (UK, without wholly-holy split) IPA(key): /ˈhəʊli/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhoʊli/
  • Rhymes: -əʊli
  • Homophones: wholly, holy (in accents without the wholly-holy split)

Adjective

holey (comparative holier, superlative holiest)

  1. Having, or being full of, holes.
    Fred loved holey Dutch cheese.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Hoyle


English

Etymology

From Old French poros, from Latin porus (an opening).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɔːɹəs/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːrəs

Adjective

porous (comparative more porous, superlative most porous)

  1. Full of tiny pores that allow fluids or gasses to pass through.
    Sponges are porous so they can filter water while trapping food.
    Concrete is porous, so water will slowly filter through it.
  2. (figuratively) With many gaps.
  3. (figuratively, by extension) full of loopholes

Synonyms

  • (full of holes): permeable

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