William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
FACINOROUS wicked FACT guilt FACTIOUS instant, importunate FACULTY essential virtue or power FADGE to suit FADING a kind of ending to a song FAIN glad FAIR beauty FAITOR a traitor FAll to let fall FALLOW fawn-coloured FALSING deceptive FANCY-FREE single,untouched by love FANG to seize in the teeth FANTASTIC a fantastical person FAP drunk FARCED stuffed FARDEL a burden FARTUOUS used ridiculously for ' virtuous.' FAST assuredly, unalterably FAT dull FAVOUR countenance FEAT dexterous, to make fine FEATER neatly FEATLY nimbly, daintily FEATURE beauty FEDERARY confederate FEEDER agent, servant FEE-GRIEF a grief held FEERE a companion, husband FEHEMENTLY used ridiculously for 'vehemently.' FELL the hide FENCE art or skill in defence FEODARY one who holds an estate by suit or service to a superior lord, one who acts under the direction of another FESTER to rankle, grow virulent FESTINATELY quickly FET fetched FICO a fig FIELDED in the field of battle FIG to insult FIGHTS clothes hung round a ship to conceal the men from the enemy FILE a list or catalogue or to smooth FILL-HORSE shaft-horse FILLS the shafts FILTH a whore FINE end FINELESS endless FIRAGO ridiculously used for 'Virago.' FIRE-DRAKE Will o' the Wisp FIRE-NEW with the glitter of novelty on, like newly- forged metal FIRK to chastise FIT a canto or division of a song or a trick or habit FITCHEW a polecat FIVES a disease incident to horses FLAP-DRAGON raisins in burning brandy FLAP-JACK a pan-cake
FLAT certain FLATNESS lowness, depth FLAW a gust of wind sudden emotion, or to make a flaw in, to break FLECKED spotted, streaked FLEET to float To pass away to pass the time FLEETING inconstant, swift FLESHMENT the act of fleshing the sword, hence the first feat of arms FLEWED furnished with hanging lips, as hounds are FLIGHT a particular mode of practising archery FLIRT-GILL a light woman FLOTE wave, sea FLOURISH an ornament FLUSH fresh, full of vigour FOIL defeat, disadvantage FOIN to fence, fight FOISON plenty FOND foolishly affectionate FOOT-CLOTH a saddle-cloth hanging down to the ground FORBID accursed, outlawed FORBODE forbidden FORCE to stuff, for 'farce.' FORCED falsely attributed FORDO to kill, destroy To weary FOREIGN obliged to live abroad FOREPAST former FORESLOW to delay FORFEND to forbid FORGETIVE inventive FORKED horned FORSPEAK to speak against FORSPENT exhausted, weary FORTHRIGHT a straight path FORWEARY to weary, exhaust FOSSET-SELLER one who sells the pipes inserted into a vessel to give vent to liquor FOX a sword FOX-SHIP the cunning of the fox FRAMPOLD peevish, unquiet FRANK the feeding place of swine FRANKED confined FRANKLIN a freeholder, a small squire FRAUGHT freighted FRAUGHTAGE freight FRAUGHTING to fraught. loading or constituting the cargo of a ship FRESH a spring of fresh water FRET the stop of a guitar FRET to wear away To variegate FRIPPERY an old-clothes shop FRONT to affront, oppose FRONTIER opposition FRONTLET that which is worn on the forehead FRUSH to break or bruise FUB OFF to put off FULLAM a loaded die FULSOME lustful FURNISHED equipped FURNITOR furnitory, an herb
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!