William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
EAGER sour, harsh EANLING a yeanling, a lamb EAR to plough ECHE to eke out EFT ready, convenient EISEL vinegar ELD old age EMBOSSED swollen into protuberances EMBOWELLED disembowelled, emptied EMBRASURE embrace EMINENCE exalted station EMPERY empire EMULATION jealousy, mutiny EMULOUS jealous ENCAVE to place oneself in a cave END 'Still an end,' continually for ever ENFEOFF to place in possession ENGINE a machine of war ENGLUT to swallow speedily ENGROSS to make gross or fat ENGROSSMENT immoderate acquisition ENKINDLE to make keen ENMEW to shut up, as a hawk is shut up in a mew ENSCONCE to cover as with a fort ENSEAMED fat, rank ENSHIELD hidden ENTREATMENTS interviews, pleas EQUIPAGE attendance EREWHILE a short time since ESCOT to pay a man's reckoning, to maintain ESPERANCE hope, used as a war-cry ESPIAL a scout or spy
ESTIMATION conjecture ETERNE eternal EVEN to equal EXAMINE to question EXECUTOR an executioner EXEMPT excluded EXERCISE a religious service EXHALE to hale or draw out to draw the sword EXHIBITION allowance, pension EXIGENT death, ending EXION ridiculously used for 'action.' EXPECT expectation EXPEDIENCE expedition, undertaking haste EXPEDIENT expeditious, swift EXPIATE completed EXPOSTULATE to expound, discuss EXPOSTURE exposure EXPULSE to expel EXSUFFICATE contemptible EXTEND to seize EXTENT a seizure EXTERN outward EXTIRP to extirpate EXTRACTING distracting EXTRAUGHT extracted, descended EXTRAVAGANT foreign, wandering EYAS a nestling hawk EYAS-MUSKET a nestling of the musket or merlin, the smallest species of British hawk EYE a glance EYE a shade of colour, as in shot silk EYNE eyes
Interpreting Elizabethan / Shakespearean Manuscripts and Original Documents
Vital, but little known, information about the Elizabethan alphabet is essential when looking at copies of original manuscripts of the period - examples of which can be found in Shakespeare's ' First Folio '. Learning the alphabet used during the Elizabethan era will no doubt clarify many questions that the differences of the Tudor / Elizabethan alphabet have raised such as "Couldn't Elizabethans spell properly?" and "Why is there so much confusion with the letters 'u' and 'v' and 'i' and 'j' ?Shakespeare translations and understanding the real meanings behind some of the Shakespeare language in the great plays and sonnets can be difficult. And this is hardly surprising when the expressions and their meanings have been obsolete since the Elizabethan era!