William Shakespeare Language, Vocabulary and Dictionary
William Shakespeare Dictionary
PACK a number of people confederated PADDOCK a toad PAID punished PALABRAS words PALE to enclose PALL to wrap PALLED impaired PALMER one who bears a palm-branch, in token of having made a pilgrimage to Palestine PALMY victorious PARCELLED belonging to individuals PARD the leopard PARLE talk PARLOUS perilous keen, shrewd PARTED endowed, gifted PARTIZAN a pike PASH to strike violently, to bruise, crush PASS to practise To surpass expectation PASSANT a term of heraldry, applied to animals represented on the shield as passing by at a trot PASSING surpassingly, exceedingly PASSIONATE to suffer, to have feelings PASSY-MEASURE a kind of dance PASTRY the room where pastry was made PATCH a mean fellow PATCHED dressed in motley PATCHERY trickery PATH to walk PATHETICAL affected, hypocritical PATIENT to make patient, to compose PATINE the metal disc on which the bread is placed in the administration of the Eucharist PATTERN to give an example PAUCA VERBA few words PAUCAS few PAVIN a dance PAX a small image of Christ PAY to despatch PEAT a term of endearment for a child PEDASCULE a pedant, schoolmaster PEER to peep out PEIZE to balance, weigh down PELTING paltry PERDU lost PERDURABLE durable PERDY a euphemism for Par Dieu PERIAPTS charms worn round the neck PERJURE a perjured person PERSEVER to persevere PERSPECTIVE a telescope, or some sort of optical glass PEW-FELLOW a comrade PHEEZE to comb, fleece, curry PIA-MATER the membrane covering the brain, the brain itself PICK to pitch, throw PICKED chosen, selected PICKERS thieves, the fingers, used ridiculously PICKING insignificant PICKT-HATCH a place noted for brothels PIED motley-coated, wearing the motley coat of a jester PIELED shaven PLIGHT pitched PILCHER a scabbard PILL to pillage PIN a malady of the eye The centre of a target PINFOLD a pound, a place to confine lost cattle PIONED digged PLACKET a petticoat-front PLAITED intricate PLANCHED made of boards PLANTATION colonizing, planting a colony
PLAUSIVE plausible PLEACHED interwoven POINT a lace furnished with a tag by which the breeches were held up POINT-DE-VICE faultless POLLED bare POMANDER a perfumed ball POMEWATER a kind of apple POOR-JOHN a herring POPINJAY a parrot PORT pomp, state PORT a gate PORTABLE bearable PORTANCE conduct, behavior POSSESS to inform POTCH to push violently POTENT a potentate POUNCET-BOX a box for holding perfumes POWER forces, army PRACTISE wicked stratagem PRACTISANT a confederate PRANK to dress up PRECEPT a justice's summons PRECIOUSLY in business of great importance PRENOMINATE to name beforehand, to prophesy PRE-ORDINANCE old-established law PRESENCE the presence-chamber PREST ready PRETENCE design PRETEND to portend PREVENT to anticipate PRICK the mark denoting the hour on a dial, to incite To choose by pricking a hole with a pin opposite the name PRICK-SONG music sung in parts by note PRICKET a stag of two years PRIDE heat PRIG to steal PRIME rank, lecherous PRIMER more-important PRIMERO a game at cards PRINCIPALITY that which holds the highest place PRINCOX a coxcomb PRISER a prize-fighter PROCURE to bring PROGRESS a royal ceremonial journey PROJECT to shape or contrive PROMPTURE suggestion PRONE ready, willing PROOF strength of manhood PROPAGATE to advance, to forward PROPAGATION obtaining PROPER-FALSE natural falsehood PROPERTIED endowed with the properties of PROPERTIES scenes, dresses,used in a theatre PROPERTY to take possession of PROPOSE to suppose, for the sake of argument To converse PROROGUE to defer PROVAND provender PROVISION forecast PUCELLE a virgin, the name given to Joan of Arc PUDENCY modesty PUGGING thieving PUN to pound PURCHASE to acquire, win PURCHASE gain, winnings PUT to compel PUTTER-ON an instigator PUTTER-OUT one who lends money at interest PUTTING-ON instigation PUTTOCK a kite
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!