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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!


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