William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
LABRAS lips LACED-MUTTON a courtesan LAG the lowest of the people LAKIN ladykin, little lady, an endearing term applied to the Virgin Mary in the oath, 'By our lakin.' LAND-DAMN to kill by stopping the urine LAPSED taken, apprehended LARGE licentious, free LARGESS a present LASS-LORN deserted by a mistress LATCH to smear, to catch LATED belated LATTEN made of brass LAUND lawn LAVOLTA a dance LAY wager LEAGUE besieging army LEASING lying LEATHER-COATS a kind of apple LEECH a physician LEER countenance, complexion LEET a manor court LEGE to allege LEGERITY lightness LEIGER an ambassador resident abroad LEMAN a lover or mistress LENTEN meagren - that which may be eaten in Lent L'ENVOY the farewell or moral at the end of a tale or poem LET to hinder to binder LETHE death LEVEL to aim LEWD ignorant, foolish, rude LEWDLY wickedly LEWDSTER a lewd person LIBBARD a leopard LIBERAL licentious LIBERTY libertinism LIEF dear LIFTER a thief LIGHT O' LOVE a tune LIGHTLY easily, generally LIKE to liken, compare, to please
LIKELIHOOD promise, appearance LIKING condition LIMBECK a still LIMBO or Limbo patrum, the place where good men under the Old Testament were believed to be imprisoned till released by Christ after his crucifixion LIME to entangle as with bird-lime To smear with bird-lime To mix lime with beer or other liquor LIMN to draw LINE to cover on the inside To strengthen by inner works LINSTOCK a staff with a match at the end of it used by gunners in firing cannon LIST a margin - a bound or enclosure LITHER lazy LIVERY a law phrase, signifying the act of delivering a freehold into the possession of the heir or purchaser - uniform LIVING lively, convincing LOACH a fish so called LOCKRAM coarse linen LODE-STAR the leading-star, pole-star LOFFE to laugh LOGGATS the game called nine-pins LONGLY longingly LOOF to lull, bring a vessel up to the wind LOON a low contemptible fellow LOT a prize in a lottery LOTTERY that which falls to a man by lot LOWT a clown LOWT to treat one as a lowt, with contempt LOZEL a spendthrift LUBBER a leopard LUCE a fresh-water fish LUMPISH duff, dejected LUNES fits of lunacy LURCH to defeat, to win, to shift LURE a thing stuffed to resemble a bird with which the falconer lures a hawk LUSH juicy, luxuriant LUSTIG lusty, cheerful LUXURIOUS lascivious LUXURY lust LYM a limer or slow hound
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!