William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
MADE having his fortune made MAGNIFICO the chief magistrate at Venice MAGOT-PIE a magpie MAIL covered as with a coat of mail MAIN-COURSE a sea-term MAKE to do up, bar To do MALKIN a familiar name for Mary hence a servant wench MALLECHO mischief MAMMERING hesitating MAMMETS a woman's breasts, a doll MAMMOCK to break, tear MAN to tame a hawk MANDRAGORA mandrake a plant of soporiferous quality, supposed to resemble a man MARCHES frontiers, borders MARCHPANE a kind of sweet biscuit MARGENT margin MARRY TRAP an oath MARTLEMAS the Feast of St. Martin, which occurs on the 11th of Nov. when the fine weather generally ends; hence applied to an old man MATCH an appointment MATE to confound, dismay MEACOCK tame, cowardly MEALED mingled MEAN instrument used to promote an end MEASURE A stately dance MEAZEL a leper, spoken in contempt of a mean person MEDAL a portrait in a locket MEDICINE a physician MEED reward, hire Merit MEHERCLE by Hercules MEINY retinue MELL to mix, to meddle MEPHISTOPHILUS the name of a familiar spirit MERCATANTE a foreign trader MESS a company of four METAPHYSICAL supernatural METE-YARD measuring-wand MEW UP to confine MICHER a truant MICKLE much MILL-SIXPENCE a milled sixpence
MINCE to do any thing affectedly MINCING affected MISCREATE illegitimate MISDOUBT to suspect MISERY avarice MISPRISE to despise To mistake MISPRISION mistake MISSIVE messenger MISTEMPERED angry MISTHINK to think ill of MISTRESS the jack in bowling MOBLED muffled MODERN commonplace MODULE a model, image MOE and more, of frequent occurrence MOIETY a portion MOME a stupid person MOMENTANY momentary MONTHS-MIND a monthly commemoration of the dead, but used ludicrously to mean a great mind or strong desire MOOD anger MOON-CALF a nick-name applied to Caliban MOONISH inconstant MOP nod MORISCO a Moor MORT death, applied to animals of the chase MORT-DU-VINAIGRE a ridiculous oath MORTAL fatal, deadly, murderous MORTIFIED ascetic MOSE disease in a horse MOTION solicitation, emotion, a puppet MOTIVE one who moves MOTLEY or the many-coloured coat of a fool, or a fool MOTLEY-MINDED foolish MOUSE-HUNT a weasel MOW to make grimaces MOY a coin MUCH significant of contempt, used ironically MURE a wall MUST a scramble MUTINE a mutineer
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!